Live Leeds Covid updates as ministers ‘draw up plans for October firebreak lockdown’

Ministers are willing to introduce a two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown in October should the number of coronavirus hospitalisations continue to rise, according to reports.

The i newspaper has been told the government has already drawn up plans for the short, sharp restrictions during the school half-term.

It comes amid fears the NHS could come under increasing pressure as the winter months draw in.

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The paper reports a full lockdown, which would see the October half-term extended into November, would only be used as a last resort.

“This is essentially the precautionary break that Sage suggested last year,” the Sage source told The i.

“It would be sensible to have contingency plans, and if a lockdown is required, to time it so that it has minimal economic and societal impact.”

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