Communities with a high incidence of coronavirus may face a blockade this winter under the measures set out in the government’s new plan to tackle a pandemic.
The Director of Public Health in the UK’s provinces retains the authority to close stores, businesses and events in the event of a serious outbreak to contain the spread of the virus.
According to the Winter Plan announced by Boris Johnson, the 2020 Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) regulation will allow local governments to respond to “serious and imminent public health threats.” It will be done in March next year at the earliest.
This regulation empowers local government officials to close stores, parks and public events.
Area blockades should only be implemented as a last resort after other measures have been introduced, such as surge tests, targeted vaccination of low intake areas, and wastewater monitoring to detect outbreaks. Is expected.
However, last year’s closures in areas with rapidly rising covid rates, such as Leicester and Bolton, were highly controversial as they could impact the local economy without additional government support. ..
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said:
“Ministers refuse to rule out the blockade of local Whac-A-Mole this winter, which will cause disappointment in cities like Leicester and throughout towns like Bolton and Burnley.”
According to winter plans, the government will continue to support low-vaccine communities, including an additional £ 23.3 million for a network of “community vaccine champions.”
“Local governments have always played a key role in protecting public health, responding to emergencies, and managing infectious diseases. Covid-19 is no exception, with local governments leading the response in the community.
“The Government will continue to directly support and cooperate with local governments and local governments to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and minimize its impact.
“This includes support for areas of persistent permeation. These are regions of the country where the case rate has been above the national or regional average for a long period of time. Support includes public health such as vaccination. Includes targeted testing and program support for activities. “