Fears of second lockdown as Government may bring in traffic light system in days

The Government could announce a three-tier “traffic light” system for local lockdowns this week, according to reports.

Ministers are said to be discussing the proposals, which would replace current restrictions governing different areas.

It comes amid continued criticism of the current system and soaring Covid-19 rates.

Critics say the current lockdown system leads to confusion by creating patchwork rules.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested on Monday he could soon unveil a three-tier lockdown system to replace current restrictions.

And it could be announced as soon as this week, Sky News reports. Ministers are said to have admitted the current system is confusing.

A leaked document this week revealed proposals for a “three-tier” lockdown, with three alert levels in the three-tier system, with level three – red – being the most serious.

This would be triggered in areas where there has been a “significant rise in transmission”, the document in the Guardian showed.

It would include pubs and leisure businesses being forced to close, with no social contact outside your household.

But the document has not yet been approved.

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Mr Hancock told MPs: “I’ll update the House in due course on what action the Government is taking so we can have more consistent approaches to levels of local action, working with our colleagues in local government.

“For now, it’s essential that people follow the guidance in their local area.

“The proposals that we are working through and that I will bring to this House are to have a more simplified approach to the local action that we took.”

Figures showed the UK-wide rate of coronavirus infections has almost doubled in a week.

The national seven-day rate currently stands at 125.7 cases per 100,000 people, up from 63.8 per 100,000 a week ago.

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