COVID under control by Christmas?: Minister aims target for three-tier lockdown program

The aim of the government’s brand new three-tier coronavirus lockdown system is to have the virus under control by the new season – and hopefully before Xmas – a minister has informed Sky News.

Talking with Kay Burley, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The purpose of achieving this is to ensure that we get the computer virus under control so that by the time we cope with to after Christmas we are in this position where it’s under control.

“Indeed I hope it will be earlier than that. ”

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Mr Dowden said the government needed to act to control “rapidly rising cases” of COVID-19 in parts of the country.

“The point of moving to this tiered system is so that in those many highly affected areas, we’ve got steps in place to control the virus, ” this individual said.

“If those people measures are successful, we hope in order to take areas out of those increased levels of restrictions. ”

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Primary Minister Boris Johnson will set out details of the new program in a declaration to MPs at around a few. 30pm this afternoon, after chairing a gathering of the government’s emergency COBRA panel.

He will then tackle the nation at a Downing Street information conference from 6pm, alongside Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Professor Philip Whitty, the chief medical officer.

Areas in England will be branded as “medium”, “high” or “very high” risk under the new program.

In the worst impacted areas, pubs, gyms and internet casinos will be required to shut and all yet essential travel will be banned.