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Towns may go on lockdown if outbreaks happen when restrictions lift

por Ashleigh Roseby (2020-05-08)

\ud669\uae08\uc131\uac8c\uc784 \uce84\ubcf4\ub514\uc544\uce74\uc9c0\ub178\ud6c4\uae30 \ucd94\ucc9c\uc628\ub77c\uc778\uac8c\uc784 \uc5ec\uc790 ...Ministers could put individual towns and cities back on lockdown if they see coronavirus cases rise again once restrictions are relaxed.

Boris Johnson will publish a ‘roadmap' on Thursday setting out how he plans to gradually ease the measures on a national basis.

But after the rules are loosened, officials will carefully monitor the impact on specific areas and will tackle ‘hot zones' by introducing ‘local lockdowns' where restrictions will be reimposed.

A children's play park is taped off to prevent the equipment being used during the pandemic lockdown on May 1, 2020 in Northwich 

A senior Government source said: ‘There is a desire to do this nationally, but once we start lifting restrictions we will want to be able to see if there is an outburst say in Leicester - all of a sudden loads of people getting coronavirus.

‘To get that under control, if you have a flashpoint, you have got to put out the fire in a particular place. Instead of putting everyone in the country into lockdown again you would want to target [an area].'

As part of preparations for easing lockdown, the Government is working with employers and trade unions on how to make workplaces safe.

Ministers believe one of the challenges they face is having to overcome the public's nervousness about returning to the workplace.

One Cabinet minister said: ‘A lot of the focus now is about giving people the confidence to go back to work.' 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick yesterday said that the Government's approach would be a ‘cautious easing over time' of restrictions

Ministers are encouraged that measures to protect supermarket workers, such as installing screens at the tills, have been successful. 

A Whitehall source said: ‘There is no particular evidence of a prevalence of the virus from supermarket workers. So the sort of practices they have been doing ... are sort of the things you could bring in gently to other aspects of retail.'

It is understood that commuters will be encouraged to walk and cycle to work where possible to help limit the number of people on public transport.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma is drawing up detailed workplace-by-workplace guidance on how the country can return to work safely.

One of the particular issues that has been identified is people forgetting to follow social distancing rules when taking breaks from work.

The UK has today announced 739 more coronavirus deaths, taking Britain's official fatality toll to 27,180

An official who has been helping to produce the guidelines said: ‘Changing habits of how people interact with each other when not in work mode is the biggest challenge. Trying to get into the situation where one person makes coffee at a time.'

One option for schools could be to reopen them for a few weeks before the summer holidays so there was a natural ‘cut-off' in case the move increased virus transmission rates, Government scientific sources said yesterday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been holding conversations with his counterparts around the world to learn from the experiences of other countries as they have eased restrictions, including the Danish and Australian finance ministers.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick yesterday said that the Government's approach would be a ‘cautious easing over time' of restrictions.

‘We will need to very closely monitor each of those cautious steps in reopening parts of the economy to see what impact that change has,' he told Sky News. 


Three-quarters of Brits DON'T want to lift the lockdown: Seventy-seven per cent of the public support extending restrictions next week amid fears widespread 'Coronaphobia' will hamper recovery

By James Wood and James Tapsfield

More than 75 per cent of Britons support extending the lockdown next week, according to a new poll - amid fears widespread 'coronaphobia' could stop the country getting back up and running. 

A new YouGov poll of 3152 adults has revealed that 77 per cent would like to see the lockdown continue while just 15 per cent are opposed to the move. 

Some 46 per cent of those surveyed said they would 'strongly support' the decision to extend the lockdown while 31 per cent said they would 'somewhat support' an extension. Just 8 per cent said they did not know.

It comes as Boris Johnson is set to unveil his 'comprehensive' lockdown exit plan next Thursday as frantic work is under way in Whitehall on how businesses can resume activities, with every day on hold estimated to wipe around £2billion from GDP. 

Staff working every other week, wearing PPE in canteens, and face coverings on public transport are all being mooted to help reduce the risks. 

The UK population appears to be among the most anxious in the world, with more than a quarter saying lockdown should not be eased even if the PM's 'five tests' are met.

There are reports that some people who have returned to work have been getting abuse from neighbours who believe they are threatening their safety.

Ministers have admitted they must win over the public to a more 'nuanced' message, with advisers saying the stark 'stay at home' warning might have been too successful over the past six weeks. 

In another tumultuous day of coronavirus developments: 

The UK has today announced 739 more coronavirus deaths, taking Britain's official fatality toll to 27,180; 

A top midwife has warned coronavirus could lead to a surge in baby deaths because women enduring a difficult pregnancy are afraid to go to hospitals; 

Ministers are facing demands to push for South Korea-style contact tracing after Matt Hancock declared the 100,000 a day target for coronavirus tests has been met; 

There are claims a deadline of the end of the month is being set for full contact tracing to be in place - but that is later than the mid-May timetable previously mooted;  

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused Mr Johnson of being 'slow at every turn' in the response to the crisis and demanded an exit strategy from lockdown as soon as possible; 

Experts said it was 'perfectly reasonable' for the UK to start easing lockdown before a contact tracing regime is fully in place'; 

Ryanair has announced 3,000 job cuts as it revealed it expects to operate under 1 per cent of its schedule between April and June; 

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye has warned that social distancing at airports is 'physically impossible'; 

The ONS has published local breakdowns of coronavirus-related deaths suggesting deprived areas with high BAME populations are most at risk.

YouGov asked 3152 British adults: The next government lockdown review is on May 7th. Would you support or oppose extending the current lockdown beyond 7th May?

Ipsos MORI polling has suggested 61 per cent of Britons would be nervous about going out to bars and restaurants even if the draconian restrictions are loosened

Commuters on the Tube this morning are still unable to stay two metres apart, even though services are less busy than before the coronavirus lockdown 

Levels of transport activity among the public have plunged since lockdown - although there has been a slight uptick over recent days 

The virus cannot survive if the reproduction rate - known as the R number - remains below one. Some countries that have lifted their locdowns are seeing the R number increas.  Restrictions in Germany were relaxed after the infection rate fell under 1.0 - meaning each person is infecting less than one other - as opposed to each infecting up five or ????????? six people. The R rate is now rising slightly again 

The rate of coronavirus infection in Denmark has increased since schools and kindergartens were re-opened, new figures have revealed. Analysis by Denmark's infectious diseases agency the State Serum Institute (SSI) found the reproduction rate, known as 'R', rose since schools opened on April 15 as the virus lockdown was eased. According to the data, the 'R rate' increased from 0.6 in mid-April to 0.9 as of yesterday.

In a round of interviews today, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick admitted that getting UK plc back on its feet would require the public accepting a more 'nuanced' message