Boris Johnson to give press conference today on new Tiers for England
BORIS Johnson will give a press conference this afternoon on the new Tiers system for England.
The PM will address the nation – expected to be in person – as he comes out of isolation today.
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He will speak to the public at 5pm after the Tiers system was revealed this morning at around 11.30am by the Health Secretary.
Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance will be alongside him.
99 per cent of the country will be in Tier 2 and 3 – and just 700,000 people will be in Tier 1.
The PM said earlier this week the Tiers needed to be tightened to make them more effective at keeping fresh cases of coronavirus under control.
The Tiers system will come into effect on Wednesday December 2, when England’s four-week shut down ends.
But MPs and local leaders are still looking for the economic analysis of the lockdown and a clear route out of it.
Liverpool is expected to escape the top Tier 3 after a huge reduction in its cases thanks to mass testing – along with London.
Manchester and parts of Yorkshire and the Humber, are set to go into the top tier.
Millions more are expected to be put into Tier 2 – banning indoor mixing for people before the Christmas holidays.
One Whitehall insider told The Sun: “The overwhelming majority of the country will be in Tier 2 and 3 – but there is still hope.”
Ministers tried to reassure concerned MPs last night restrictions could be eased in time for Christmas when tiers are reviewed in December 16.
It comes after backbenchers demanded the capital should be in Tier 1 in a desperate bid to help the economy recover after losing billions since the first lockdown in March.
Hospitality bosses warned three quarters of pubs, restaurants and cafes could go bust if the city isn’t placed into the lowest tier.
The newly tougher Tier 3 means pubs, restaurants and cafes have to shut – along with indoor entertainment.
And pubs in Tier 2 have to serve people from different households outside – along with a “substantial” meal.
HOW WILL THEY DECIDE?
The R rate in each area will be used to look at how fast new infections are growing.
The natural R for Covid-19 is three – meaning each sick person infects three other people.
But the aim is to keep the R rate below 1, which means the epidemic is shrinking nationally or on a local level.
The number of new coronavirus cases in all age groups is a crucial element to understand the severity of the problem in a local area.
Ministers will also look at the test positivity rate – meaning what percentage of people tested are diagnosed with coronavirus.
Pressure on the NHS will also be considered.
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