Robert Jenrick: ‘Circuit breaker’ lockdown ‘absolute worst-case scenario’

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    Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, has spoken today on BBC Breakfast calling a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown an “absolute worst-case scenario”. He believes there are too many “variations” in the concentration of the virus, so a total national lockdown “doesn’t seem sensible”, though the government will “continue to keep things under review”. Talking of risks to businesses, people needing operations, and the mental health of the population, he says: “Damage that could be done with an indefinite circuit break… is very, very significant.” Pressure is growing on the Government to impose a short-term circuit-breaker lockdown in England in a bid to get rising coronavirus infections under control.  Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on the Government to impose a two- to three-week circuit breaker to prevent a “sleepwalk into a long and bleak winter”. He is backed by Government scientific advisers, the NHS and the National Education Union, Britain’s biggest teaching union. Some scientists have warned the newly announced three-tier local-alert system does not go far enough, and only universal measures have any chance of curbing the second wave of the virus. Read more on what a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown is, and how it could help curb rising Covid-19 cases here: Subscribe to The Telegraph on YouTube ►

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