England ‘to use rolling regional lockdowns’ to ‘pump the breaks’ on Covid

England's new coronavirus strategy could see parts of the country placed into on-off regional circuit breaker lockdowns in a bid to "pump the breaks" on the deadly virus, it has been reported.

The country was plunged into its second national lockdown on November 5 amid a worrying rise in the infection rate and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already vowed the country will lift the restrictions on December 2.

But once the national restrictions are lifted, The Sun reports that Department of Health (DOH) chiefs want to implement a plan which could see large parts of the country placed into rolling circuit breaker lockdowns if infections rates rise again.

It is reported that DOH bosses briefed regional health chiefs last week on the possible need for draconian action even after the national shutdown is lifted.

One source who is said to be familiar with the discussions told The Sun: “They were talking about their new strategy for when Boris Johnson goes back to regional measures.

“They said they may need two or three circuit breakers at incremental periods.

“They are using a new phrase to sum this up – pumping the brakes.”

It is also reported that the country could bring in a tougher "Tier 4" level of restrictions when the country goes back to regional measures in December.

A Department of Health insider said they had not heard of the new “pump the brakes” catchphrase.

But England’s Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, used a similar line at a No10 press conference late last month.

Speaking before the national lockdown, he said: “We’re running now with the brakes partially on – and the R is 1.3 to 1.5, according to the latest estimates – so we can’t take the brake off on this, and we may have to push on the pedal a little harder to get it back under control.”

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