Keir Starmer has declared that the tiered system of restrictions to suppress the spread of coronavirus is “not strong enough to control the virus” and stressed the approach from the government “needs fixing and fixing fast”.
In a Sky News interview this afternoon, the Labour leader discussed the hierarchy of Covid regulations in place and commented on the first scheduled review of tier allocations unveiled by the Health Secretary this morning.
Starmer said: “My concern about the tier system is it’s just not strong enough to control the virus and we’ve been seeing the numbers going in the wrong direction across the country in the last seven days in particular.
“And there are real gaps in the system. I think, you know, there are many areas that are going to stay in Tier 3 and they will be asking themselves how on earth do we get out of this situation?”
Matt Hancock this morning told MPs in parliament that Tier 3, the most severe set of Covid restrictions involving the closure of hospitality, would now apply to many more areas from Saturday at one minute past midnight.