Housing estates and hospitals will be subject to “local locks” to contain outbreaks


Housing estates, schools and hospitals could be placed under “local lockdown” to curb the spread of the coronavirus, reports said.

It comes after Matt Hancock warned that hotspots would be subject to individual restrictions.

The health secretary warned that the outbreaks would mean that local areas would be subject to more stringent restrictions.

This could lead to the closure of local housing estates, schools, businesses or workplaces in areas with a high prevalence of infection.

Affected families and staff will also have to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Hancock said the ability to tighten restrictions in individual regions will be part of the NHS test, tracking and traceability system – which is expected to start Monday next week, with more details to come later today. .

The Sun reports that the program – which saw the recruitment of 25,000 tracers – was rushed by Boris Johnson to line up with some children returning to school next week.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said local closures would be introduced in places where infections are increasing

Hancock said at the daily press conference at 10 Downing Street that local closings are now the government’s preferred option to deal with spikes in new infections.

He said authorities would closely monitor infection rates across the country – with huge variations across the UK.

He said: “We will have local closings in the future where there will be outbreaks and we have a system that we are putting in place with a combination of Public Health England and the new Joint Biosecurity Center, with the local directors of the public health which play an absolutely crucial role in decision-making in the system, to ensure that there is a local push, there is a local lock-in.

“And so the local locks will be part of the future system that we will put in place as part of the NHS test and trace system. “

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The government’s plan to ease lock-in restrictions has defined how the Joint Biosafety Center would have a “response function” that could respond to local peaks of infections, in partnership with local public health agencies.

Earlier this month, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the government strongly preferred that the lockdowns be lifted across the country at the same time.

However, he said that certain restrictions could be re-imposed locally if necessary.

“Our preference is for the whole country to be one,” he said.

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“But if, as we build our testing, tracking and tracing infrastructure, we need to do interventions in smaller micro-communities in time where you see the virus picking up, then it will be something which we will consider as other countries in the world have done when they have set up effective monitoring and traceability systems.

“But it is quite different to make major changes to lockdowns in one part of the country compared to another. “

The latest figures on confirmed cases show that they are relatively high in the North East, with 495 confirmed cases per 100,000 population in Sunderland, 493 per 100,000 in Gateshead and 491 per 100,000 in South Tyneside.

In parts of south-west England, the numbers are as low as 105 per 100,000 [South Somerset].96 per 100,000 [Dorset] and 95 per 100,000 [West Devon].

Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, [with 831 confirmed cases per 100,000] has the highest figure for both England and the UK as a whole.

According to the Daily Mail, a recent outbreak was blamed by residents for flouting the restrictions.

Although a spike in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset this week may have been linked to Victory Day celebrations earlier this month, the newspaper said.

Some regions may have performed more tests than others, so they will have detected more cases.


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