Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday in the House of Commons that many more millions are to now enter into more lockdown measures.
Johnson introduced a new three tier system which will divide England into “very high,” “high” or “medium” local “Covid alert” regions.
The Prime Minister told MPs, “There are those who say we should go back into a full national lockdown of indefinite duration, closing schools and businesses, telling people again to stay at home as we did in March.
“Once again shattering our lives and our society.
“I do not believe that would be the right course. We would not only be depriving our children of their education we would do such damage to our economy as to erode our long-term ability to fund the NHS and other crucial public services.”
Johnson added, “There are those who think that the patience of the public is now exhausted, that we should abandon the fight against covid, stand aside, let nature take her course and call a halt to these repressions of liberty.”
He said that allowing the virus to grow will lead to an “intolerable death toll” across the country which will place the NHS under strain.
He added, “We must act to save lives, and the evidence shows in changing our behaviour… our actions are saving lives.”
Explaining the new three tier system Johnson told the Commons, “We will now simplify and standardise our local rules, by introducing a three tiered system of local covid alert levels in England set at medium, high and very high.
“The medium alert level will cover most of the country and will consist of the current national measures, this includes the rule of six and the closure of hospitality at 10pm.”
He added, “The high alert level reflects the interventions in many local areas at the moment. This primarily aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing all mixing between different households or support bubbles indoors.
“In these areas the rule of six will continue to apply outdoors where it is harder for the virus to spread in public spaces as well as private gardens.”