As Boris Johnson and scientists have acknowledged the need for even more corona virus cases to rise across the country, the British are restricting themselves to Tier 5 restrictions or another lockout.
Ministers chose not to introduce a new, tougher layer in their final assessment on December 30. However, on January 3, the Prime Minister acknowledged: “What we are doing now is using the tiring system, which is a very difficult system … and, alas, it will probably be difficult to keep things in check. But we will review it.”
Mr Johnson was questioned on the Andrew Mar show about current restrictions. He said: “We need to do things in the next few weeks that are tough in some parts of the country … I’m reconciling with that, and I think people across the country are reconciling with that.”
He added: “We need to see if the additional measures we have all taken in Tier 4 are effective in reducing the virus.
“We have to constantly review things, but we are driven entirely by public health.”
This comes after Sir Mark Walport, a member of the government’s advisory Sage Committee, said that tougher measures than Tier 4 were needed to control the spread of the new variant of the corona virus.
He said on the BBC’s Mar program on January 3: “These are Tier 4 restrictions, it obeys him. He is thinking of breaking every possible transfer route. They are absolutely necessary, it is very clear that more will be needed.
“We have a very contagious variant, which I fear is a natural evolution of viruses – the most effective transmitters have an advantage over other types.
“It is important to note that it does not appear to cause the worst disease or that it is going to be highly resistant to the effects of the vaccine, but it would be difficult to control it without the most difficult social remote measures.”
When asked if he thought schools should be closed as part of these measures, he said: “We know that the spread within schools is an infection of a household that we know is seven times more likely than a person between the ages of 12 and 16 in a household.”
The public health recommendations announced by the case detection rate, the rate at which case rates rise or fall, the positivity in the general population, the pressure on the NHS and their potential, and the local environment and exceptional circumstances make decisions by layers. Local but explosive.
If these indicators do not improve, an area may move to a layer and if the path improves, that area may move to a lower layer.
The “scalable pieces” of the Midlands, North East and North West now live under Tier 4 restrictions.