Boris Johnson Expected To Announce Pubs Can Close Later After Lockdown

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 22, 2020

Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said the current lockdown meant areas with high infection rates were seeing the "tide turning".

It is expected that while some tiers will have the same conditions as prior to the latest lockdown, other tiers will be strengthened.

Downing Street also said that the Winter Plan will set out how people will be able to see their loved ones at Christmas, adding that ministers will be warning that this will not be a normal festive period.

In a letter to the prime minister, they said: "Government must publish a full cost-benefit analysis of the proposed restrictions on a regional basis so that MPs can assess responsibly the non-Covid health impact of restrictions, as well as the undoubted impact on livelihoods".

The prime minister will acknowledge that the measures are hard, while making clear they are not to last longer than is absolutely necessary, and that the need to support the economy is being taken into account. It will involve a UK-wide relaxation of rules, reportedly from December 22 to 28, so that several families can join in one "bubble" to celebrate Christmas on December 25.

"The vaccine priorities will inevitably be the most vulnerable and the frontline health care workers, it won't be academics like me, and I think we see that being phased out around Christmas and New Year, because the vaccines are already ordered and we've got excellent results".

"But the Prime Minister and his scientific advisors are clear the virus is still present - and without regional restrictions it could quickly run out of control again before vaccines and mass testing have had an effect".

"That would put in jeopardy the progress the country has made, and once again risk intolerable pressure on the NHS", the spokesperson explained.

During a vote on the current lockdown earlier this month, 32 Conservatives rebelled to oppose the measures and 17 more, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, abstained.

The NHS is preparing to administer the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine next month, once it has been approved for use in the United Kingdom by regulators, and it will be rolled out more widely in the new year.

Downing Street will hope this - combined with an easing of restrictions over Christmas, will lessen the scale of the rebellion.

But the opposition party has been urging the government to lay out its plan for what will happen when the national restrictions end.

But shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds, in a speech ahead of the Downing Street announcement, said the nation could not be allowed to return "to the shambles we had before this lockdown" in calling for "clarity" on economic support.

Boris Johnson's office says the government will go back to a three-tiered system that imposes different restrictions based on the severity of local outbreaks.

There are also different rules in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Government announced a further 341 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the United Kingdom total to 54,626.

A Labour spokesman said "we will look closely at any proposals the Government brings forward" but called for "proper packages of support" for businesses that are unable to fully reopen.

The number of deaths was down from 511 on Friday, and 462 on Saturday 14 November.

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