Coronavirus latest news: Using a circuit breaker would be an 'error' says Michael Gove
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Michael Gove has ruled out a national "circuit-breaker" lockdown to control the coronavirus resurgence.
Asked if the Government would take the measure on Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday, he flatly replied: "No."
"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 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."
He went on to accuse Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester Mayor of "posturing" over his reaction to lockdown restrictions for the area.
"I want them to put aside for a moment some of the political positioning that they've indulged in and I want them to work with us in order to ensure that we save lives and protect the NHS.
"Instead of press conferences and posturing what we need is action to save people's lives."
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