3:07 AM 12th October 2020
Coronavirus: Three Tier Alert Levels Announced
Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced a series of three new alert levels, but has ruled out a national lockdown. He said that evidence shows that "changing our behaviour" saves lives.
Medium Alert Level
: This covers most of the country. The Rule of Six continues, as does the 10pm curfew.
High Alert Level
: The household-to-household transmission is targetted by preventing all mixing indoors between different households or support bubbles.
Very High Alert Level
: All social mixing is prohibited indoors and in private gardens. Pubs and bars will be closed in Very High Alert areas.
Mr Johnson announced that the government will provide about £1bn of new funding to local authorities across the country in addition to the £3.6bn Towns Fund.
In response, Labour leader Keir Starmer said that nobody "should be under any illusions about where this is heading or the need for decisive action".
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