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Grant Boone
November 24, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was to announce on Monday a major testing programme in areas with the highest coronavirus infection rates as the country re-enters a system of tiered restrictions.

Mr Johnson said: "It seems that nearly every week there is some new scientific breakthrough to help us beat Covid, last week it was good news from Pfizer-BioNTech and then Moderna, then this morning we heard that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been highly effective in clinical trials".

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He said: "We are talking about what household mixing might look like".

The Prime Minister announced the same number of tiers would return, placing communities under a minimum of one and maximum of three.

Over the weekend the United Kingdom government claimed Ministers from the four nations have "endorsed a shared objective" of facilitating some "limited additional household bubbling for a small number of days".

"We think it (vaccination) is a good idea, and you know I totally reject the propaganda of the anti-vaxxers, they are wrong", he said.

"We're starting to see in some parts of Wales a rise in coronavirus case again in under 25's - so we need to get to the festive season".

The city in northwest England is now set to trial a new system of testing where contacts of those who have tested positive can take a test every day for a week and only have to isolate if they test positive, instead of immediately quarantining.

"We'll be thinking over the next week about whether we do need to have common approaches, as far as possible in terms of how we ask people to go about living their lives".

"That was how we ended up in a national lockdown".

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Mr Johnson, speaking via videolink at a Downing Street press conference as he continues his self-isolation, said: "We can hear the drumming hooves of the cavalry coming over the brow of the hill but they are not here yet".

It's was later reported that Welsh Government ministers are considering a single system, rather than the tiered approach used in England and Scotland.

In a victory for fitness, gyms and leisure centres will remain open even in Tier 3.

Exercise classes and sport outdoors, but with maximum of six people indoors.

The rules apply to England.

However, the virus is still present and the Prime Minster, and the United Kingdom governments Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor have agree that without targeted measures in areas where it is most prevalent, it could again run out of control.

"The prime minister has revealed a plan that is full of risks and threatens to undo the progress and undermine the hard sacrifices the public have made", said Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA council. Spectators at non-elite sports will be able to attend events in line with Covid-secure guidance for each tier. Pubs and restaurants can open, with last orders at 10pm and closing at 11pm.

People will be able to meet with up to five friends in a Tier One pub but will be confined to the beer garden in Tier Two, providing they have a substantial meal.

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer questioned the system, saying it closely resembled the old three-tier system that "did not work" and resulted in the current lockdown situation.

The new plan will see gyms and non-essential shops - shut since November 5 - allowed to reopen everywhere.

In the top tier, pubs and restaurants will still be closed except for takeout and delivery, while households will be barred from mixing indoors.

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