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Coronavirus: Government publishes data behind stricter tiers

Reported by lily | November 30th, 2020 @ 11:54 PM

Coronavirus: Government publishes data behind stricter tiers

No 10 has published data behind its decisions over England's new tier system as it tries to win MPs' support.

Downing Street's report said it sought to "balance the many complex impacts" of restrictions and keep them in place "for as short a time as possible".

It said allowing the virus to spread exponentially "would lead to impacts... considered intolerable for society".

But senior Tory MP Mark Harper said the "wheels are coming off the government's arguments".

MPs will vote on the plans on Tuesday.

The government announced its tougher three tiers to tackle the virus last week, with Boris Johnson telling reporters on Monday: "We can't afford to take our foot off the throat of the beast... to let it out of control again."

But a number of Tory backbenchers have threatened to vote against the motion when it comes to the Commons, including the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) of MPs - chaired by Mr Harper.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said his party would abstain on the vote, saying he had "serious misgivings" about the measures.

But he said it was "in the national interest" to let the restrictions pass through the Commons without Labour's opposition to ensure some measures were in place.

A No 10 spokesman accused Sir Keir of "playing politics in the middle of a global pandemic, instead of working with the government to find a way through this difficult time for the British people".

England's current lockdown will end in the early hours of Wednesday 2 December and will see the country placed into one of three tiers: medium (one), high (two) and very high (three).

However, the majority of the country, over 55 million, will be under the strictest two sets of measures.

The announcement led to criticism from some Tory MPs, who were concerned about the impact in their constituencies.

Mr Johnson wrote to his party twice over the weekend to appeal for their backing and to grant some of the CRG's demands.

They included the publication of the data on the health, social and economic impact of the tiers, and the promise MPs could vote again on the measures in January - with the possibility the tier system could end on 3 February.

But the government report - published on Monday - said it was "not possible to forecast the precise economic impact of a specific change to a specific restriction with confidence".

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