Lockdown was completely lifted in July 2021 on Freedom Day, which is said to have led to at least 40,000 hospitalisations and 4,000 deaths.
Though some hospitals are having to suspend surgeries amid Covid-19 hospitalisations rising, the UK has also seen Covid-19 cases decline by 20% in recent days.
In recent weeks, there have been several claims that a firebreak lockdown is to come in October, during the school half-term. Boris Johnson is set to address the nation to discuss whether this will be going ahead soon.
There have been two UK lockdowns, since March 2020, whereby restaurants, bars and entertainment venues were closed.
While the second lockdown was announced just days before Christmas in 2020, leaving many families distraught, Sajid Javed has claimed that this will not be the case in 2021.
But what is a firebreak lockdown – and is there one coming our way?
What is a firebreak lockdown?
A firebreak lockdown is a term used to describe a short but severe period of restrictions.
Normally lasting around two weeks, it is a measure to alleviate the pressure on the NHS by placing a limit on social mixing, with the aim of slowing down Covid-19 transmissions.
Wales had a firebreak lockdown last October, and scientists recommended that England introduce one too, but Boris Johnson decided against it.
Instead, England underwent a longer lockdown starting in November.
When Boris Johnson announced the UK’s second lockdown on October 31 last year, there were 16,479 Covid-19 infections and 1,461 hospitalisations that day.
In comparison, the most recent figures show that 29,549 people tested positive as of September 11. However, hospitalisations would need to reach close to 1,500 a day for the NHS to be overwhelmed.
Will there be another lockdown in 2021?
Boris Johnson has reportedly said he is ‘dead set’ against imposing further lockdowns in the UK, so there is unlikely to be another lockdown in 2021.
Following the successful vaccine rollout in Britain, with almost 44 million adults having received both doses, the Prime Minister is expected to tell the nation that the UK must learn to live with Covid-19.
A senior government source told The Telegraph: ‘This is the new normal. We need to learn to live with Covid.
‘The vaccines are a wall of defence. The autumn and winter do offer some uncertainty, but the Prime Minister is dead set against another lockdown.’
And Boris Johnson’s new measures are said to go as far as ending the government’s ability to impose further lockdowns.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid recently told the BBC: ‘I’m not anticipating any more lockdowns.
‘I think it would be irresponsible for any health minister around the world to take everything off the table, but I just don’t see how we get another lockdown.’
Is another lockdown likely to happen for Christmas 2021?
Sajid Javid has said there will not be a lockdown for Christmas this year.
When asked if the British public will ‘get Christmas’ this year, he replied ‘of course’.
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