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Sky News 18 Oct 2020

Coronavirus: Gove disagrees with circuit breaker lockdown


Michael Gove has said he is against a circuit breaker and accused Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of "posturing" and "political positioning" in refusing to accept strict new COVID-19 rules.

The majority of British people support a two-week "circuit breaker" lockdown, according to a poll by YouGov for Sky News.

When asked whether they trust Boris Johnson to make the right decisions about the pandemic, 61% said no.

Most people said they do not support relaxing lockdown measures for younger people.
The First Minister of Wales has announced a fire-break lockdown, also known as a circuit breaker.

The national lockdown, also known as a circuit breaker, will start at 6pm on 23 October.

But what exactly is a circuit breaker in Covid terms?

Northern Ireland, Singapore and Israel have all used circuit breakers to try to reduce their coronavirus cases.

But how do they work? How long is a covid circuit breaker? How can it help fight coronavirus?

BBC health correspondent Laura Foster explains it all in a minute.

Video by Laura Foster, Terry Saunders and Mattea Bubalo
The Mayor of Greater Manchester says he would prefer a national "circuit break" lockdown rather than Tier 3 measures.
Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green has called for a two to three week circuit breaker in a bid to reverse infection rates.

She told Sophy Ridge: "A circuit breaker for two to three weeks would mean we would be able to halt and reverse the spread of infection right across the country.

"We could use that time to boost our lab capacity, put proper tracing processes in place and then we would have that breathing space which would buy us time to stop the real danger that our NHS faces - that hospitals are going to be filling up far too quickly over the next few weeks."

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