Boris Johnson – UK lockdown: Boris Johnson hints regional tier system could be scrapped when lockdown ends
It has been reported that Boris Johnson has hinted that the UK government could scrap the tiered system once the nation leaves its third national lockdown.
The Prime Minister spoke to newspapers and the media in Yorkshire yesterday, Monday, February 1 prior to Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s Downing Street coronavirus press briefing.
Boris hinted that the country could be placed under national lockdowns in future, instead of the localised, tiered approach.
Mr Johnson told reporters in Batley, West Yorkshire: “It may be that a national approach, going down the tiers in a national way, might be better this time round, given that the disease is behaving much more nationally.
“If you look at the way the new variant has taken off across the country, it’s a pretty national phenomenon.
“The charts I see, we’re all sort of moving pretty much in the same sort of way.
“I mean there are a few discrepancies, a few differences, so it may be that we will go for a national approach but there may be an advantage still in some regional differentiation as well. I’m keeping an open mind on that.
He said: “I think it would be unwise to speculate at the moment. I think the NHS, the pharmacies, the volunteers, helped by the Army, they have done an outstanding job.
“The rollout has been phenomenal so far but it is still, relatively speaking, early days.”