Coronavirus: local locks will be used to suppress “flare-ups”, says Hancock


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“Local closures” will be introduced to control regional coronavirus outbreaks in England in the future, said the Secretary of Health.

Matt Hancock suggested that restrictions be introduced in areas with “surges”, but not in others, as part of a system in place.

He did not specify a schedule, but said the measurements will be part of the testing, tracking and tracing system.

This comes when more than 35 Conservative MPs called on the Prime Minister’s first assistant to resign.

The government’s daily coronavirus briefing on Tuesday was dominated by questions about Dominic Cummings traveling to County Durham during the lockout.

But concerns have also been expressed about the potential for second waves of infections. Asked about the tools that will be provided to local officials to fight the epidemics, Hancock said, “We will have local closings in the future where there are outbreaks.”

“We have a system that we are putting in place with a combination of Public Health England and the new Joint Biosecurity Center, as well as local public health directors who play an absolutely crucial role in decision making in the system. “

As part of the government’s plans to ease lock-in restrictions, the Joint Biosafety Center will identify changes in infection rates – using tests, environmental and workplace data – and notify doctors- heads.

As a result, schools, businesses or workplaces may be closed in areas with peak infection rates, according to the government’s plan.

Earlier this month, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the government strongly preferred that the lockdowns be lifted in a consistent manner, but said some restrictions could be reintroduced locally if necessary.

But he said that the local interventions that could be envisaged are “very different from the major change in foreclosure measures in one part of the country compared to another.”

Also speaking at the briefing, Professor John Newton, head of the Covid-19 government testing program, said that “many different organizations”, including local boards and businesses, will be involved in the response to local epidemics.

“This is a countrywide effort. It has a national component, but it also has a very important local component, which must reflect … the particular characteristics of the different parts of the country, “he said.

Latest government figures show that the number of people who died with coronavirus in the UK increased from 134 to 37,048 on Tuesday.

The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has gradually decreased since the peak of Easter.

However, the situation is different across countries and regions in the United Kingdom, with the numbers falling faster in some regions than in others.

The cases were initially concentrated in London, the Midlands and the north-west of England. But South Wales and parts of the North West and North East also have a high proportion of cases.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that England will have a “global” tracking system as of June – with 25,000 contact tracers capable of tracking 10,000 new cases a day.

Contact tracing is a system used to slow the spread of infectious diseases by identifying the people with whom patients have been in contact. One method is to follow up by phone or email, while another method uses a mobile location app.

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