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Source: United Kingdom – Science Media Centre

The latest update to England’s regional tiers has been announced today by Matt Hancock.

Dr Julian Tang, Honorary Associate Professor/Clinical Virologist at the University of Leicester , said:

“I think this is a wise precautionary measure – to damp down virus transmission in the lead up to the Christmas 5-day relaxation – and afterwards, to restrict wider virus  transmission coming out of this break.

“Similarly, if London emerged from the national lockdown into Tier 3 rather than Tier 2, we might not be seeing the current surge in COVID-19 cases there that we are seeing now.

“I know this will be difficult for businesses but right now we are trying to stop people getting ill and dying from any infection acquired during this Christmas break – a relaxation which on paper looks like the exact opposite of what we have been trying to do all year – to shield/protect the vulnerable by reducing contact/mixing with infected individuals.

“These next few weeks will be a real test of resolve and self-control for everyone – and we will see the outcome of our efforts in the New Year in the NHS – and elsewhere.”

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