No plans for October lockdown – No 10
The government has denied they are planning an October lockdown in England, following the i newspaper’s report that said the opposite.
The paper claimed the plans had been drawn up to extend the school half-term holiday if the number of hospitalisations continues at its current level. The paper claimed a full lockdown was unlikely – but the government could introduce some rules as part of a “firebreak.”
The government have hit back at the report saying it was “not true”.
“It is not true that the government is planning a lockdown or firebreak around the October half term,” said the Department for Education in a tweet.
The PM’s spokesman has also denied the report. He said plans had been kept for a range of scenarios – “but these kind of measures would only be introduced as a last resort to prevent unsustainable pressure on our NHS.”
“I think we’ve been clear throughout that we will take action, and indeed we have done when necessary to protect our NHS,” he said.
But the spokesman pointed out that when rules were brought in the past, the UK did not yet have the protection from vaccines.
The government’s vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi said he hoped booster jabs would avoid the need for any new lockdown rules.
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