BORIS Johnson addressed the nation this afternoon after being photographed in Downing Street for the first time since his 14-day self-isolation.
On November 23, the PM announced England’s latest tier restrictions coming into place after lockdown ends on December 2, and today, he revealed more about the impact.
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What did Boris Johnson say in his speech today?
Mr Johnson this afternoon explained local Covid-19 restrictions, having emerged from self-isolation.
It came hours after Mr Hancock set out which tier each local authority in England falls under.
Mr Johnson had already warned that much of England will be placed in Tiers 2 and 3 as infection rates remain high across the country.
He announced that the second lockdown will officially end on December 2, after which each area of England will be placed in a tier.
They have been assigned Tier 1, which is medium, or 2 and 3 – high and very high.
Boris Johnson told the nation that "your tier is not your destiny – every area has the means of escape".
But he opened with a warning that "have not gone away" and "we risk losing control of this virus all over again and forcing us back into a new year national lockdown – with all the damage that would mean".
He promised that "together we can get through this winter, suppress the virus, and reclaim our lives and all the things we love".
The PM admitted the tougher Tiers would "bring a great deal of heartache and frustration" and admitted that pubs and restaurants had born a "disproportionate share of the burden".
However, he said that they're essential in order to keep schools open. He said that the measures will be less intrusive than the lockdown.
"In all tiers shops, gyms, the leisure sector, hairdressers other forms of personal care and places of worship will reopen.
"You’re no longer be instructed to stay at home, though you should continue to work from home if you can."
He also added that the new Tiers have been designed to help bring the R-rate down below one "opening a path for areas to move down the scale as soon as the situation improves".
He said that the previous tiers system slowed infections, but that they were never "quite enough".
He said that mass testing is a way to "accelerate the escape", as at least one in three people who have Covid are symptomless and may therefore be spreading the disease.
The only way to identify them, he says, is through mass testing.
What Tier will I be in?
London and Liverpool will go into Tier 2 on December 2 and Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle into Tier 3, it has been confirmed.
There are 31 areas in the highest level, 38 in the middle Tier 2, and just three parts of England will be under the lowest level of restrictions.
The five measures used to decide each tier are:
- case detection rates in all age groups
- case detection rates in the over 60s
- the rate infections are rising or falling
- the positivity rate – or number of positive Covid cases as a percentage of tests carried out
- pressure on the NHS, including current and projected bed occupancy
Areas in East and West Midlands, North East, North West, South East, South West and Yorkshire and The Humber have all been placed in Tier 3 as they have the highest rates of infection in the country, PHE data shows.
London will return to Tier 2 after lockdown ends, with the current case rate set at 193 cases per 100,000.
More than 99 per cent of the country will be in the top two tiers – and just the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the lowest Tier 1.
The Government's postcode checker crashed this morning as thousands of people tried to see what their new tiers would be.
What is the infection rate in my area?
Find out what the infection rate is in your areas with our interactive map.
The map reveals the areas with highest infection rates in dark red, while the lighter the colour, the lower the number of cases per 100,000 of the population.
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