Circuit breaker lockdown will not be imposed in England, Michael Gove says
The Government will not impose a circuit breaker lockdown to tackle rising coronavirus rates, Michael Gove has said.
Asked if ministers were going to enforce a two-week shutdown across England, the Cabinet Office minister answered: "No".
However, a Sage member said now is the “second best time” for a national circuit-breaker lockdown - with the first being in September, when Government scientists advised it. It came after shadow education secretary Kate Green said that a circuit-break lockdown would give the UK a chance to “reset” before coronavirus spirals out of control.
Mt Gove told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday that the spread of the virus did not warrant short-term blanket restrictions "at the moment".
“It would seem an error to try to impose on every part of the country the same level of restriction when we know that the disease is spreading more intensively and quicker in some parts of the country," he said.
Pressed on whether the measure could be taken in the future, he said: “We always look at how the disease spreads and we will take whatever steps are necessary to maintain public health.
“But Kate (Green, shadow education secretary) and the Labour Party are arguing the blanket restrictions across the country at the moment and the spread and nature of the disease does not merit that at the moment.”
Professor Jeremy Farrar told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday that it was “never too late” for national restrictions, adding: “It’s better to do it now, than in a month’s ...
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