Prime Minister set to announce new system of Covid-19 alert areas

The classification of areas will determine what type of “appropriate interventions” are to be made in them to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

It is expected that the highest tier, Tier 3, will see restrictions including pubs, gyms and casinos closing and a ban on all but essential travel to and from hotspots.

This news comes as data released by Public Health England on Friday, October 9 revealed that Peterborough confirmed 141 new cases of Covid-19 in the seven days up to October 6. This is a rate of 69.7 per 100,000 people. This is a large increase compared to the week prior, when there were 79 new cases confirmed with a rate of 39.1 per 100,000.

Boris Johnson held a telephone conference with cabinet colleagues on Sunday to discuss the situation.

Downing Street said the government is working with local leaders to determine the areas to be covered by the very high alert level, and the measures needed in those places.

Mr Johnson will chair a top-level COBRA committee meeting Monday on the issue “to determine the final interventions” that he will then announce to Parliament.

MPs will be asked to debate and vote on the measures later this week. Mr Johnson will also hold a press conference in Downing Street with chancellor Rishi Sunak and the chief medical officer, professor Chris Whitty on Monday.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Our primary focus has always been to protect lives and livelihoods while controlling the spread of the virus and these measures will help achieve that aim.

“We must do everything we can to protect the NHS and make sure it can continue to deliver the essential services that so many people rely on.

“This is a critical juncture and it is absolutely vital that everyone follows the clear guidance we have set out to help contain the virus.”


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