Regional lockdowns could be used to control local ‘flare-ups’ of coronavirus after lockdown is eased – The Sun

MINISTERS may order regional lockdowns to control local “flare-ups” of Covid-19 after restrictions are eased.

They are working how to identify hotspots so they can be tackled without national action.

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No 10 fears another UK lockdown to beat a second wave would be catastrophic for the economy.

Lack of testing capacity and contact-tracing teams meant precision targeting was not possible the first time around.

But a source said: “Done right we can live something like our normal lives and catch the flares that then occur.”

Advisors had warned that regional action could create tension if people were forcibly quarantined.

Early testing suggests 15 per cent of Londoners have been infected but just 4 per cent elsewhere.

Around 95 per cent develop protective antibodies believed to give up to three years’ immunity.

Officials are also thought to be considering a ban on staff working in more than one care home amid fears they are spreading the virus.

“Leakage” from care settings is believed a factor delaying an end to the nationwide lockdown. And it emerged last night that Brits may have been kept indoors for weeks unnecessarily.

One government source said: “The evidence for transmission outdoors is pretty low. The risk is low.”


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