England’s latest national lockdown could be extended if the virus is not brought under control within the next month, a senior Cabinet minister has admitted.
Michael Gove said if the R rate is not successfully brought below 1 by the end of the proposed lockdown period – December 2 – the Government will be forced to extend restrictions.
When pressed about whether the harsh measures could continue into December, the Duchy of Lancaster said ‘we will always take the decision in the national interest’ based on scientific advice.
He told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: ‘We are going to review it on December 2 but we are always driven by the data.
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‘On basis of what we’ve been told we believe all the measures we are putting into place will reduce the rate below 1.’
But when asked directly if the nation could be facing more than a month of lockdown if the reinfection rate is not brought down, he finally responded: ‘Yes.’
England will go into its second lockdown of this year on Thursday, with all non-essential shops, pubs restaurants, and gyms forced to close.
Households will no longer be allowed to mix indoors or in a private garden.
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