New harsher coronavirus tier system could be needed over the winter to control spread, NHS boss says


A NEW harsher coronavirus tiers system could be needed over the winter to stop the spread of the virus, a Government adviser said tonight.

Hopes of lifting lockdown rules after December 2 were dashed tonight after Dr Susan Hopkins said of the tier approach: “We will have to think about strengthening them in order to get us through the winter months”.

The tiers system might need to be toughened up, it was suggested tonight

Dr Hopkins appeared at a press conference with Matt Hancock and Jonathan Van Tam

She suggested that “if the lockdown is working, we will start to see cases decline over the next week”.

If it doesn’t, then lifting the rules would be at risk, she added.

But it came as the average number of cases rose last week from 22,000 to more than 25,000.

NHS Test and Trace chief medical adviser Dr Hopkins added: “As long as we start seeing cases decline we can start making a judgement about what are the right decisions.”

England’s one-month lockdown is set to end on December 2, and will be replaced by another tiers system – expected to be slightly different to the last.

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