Outlined by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the statement said: “Our strategy is to suppress the virus, supporting the economy, education and the NHS and local action is at the centre of our response.
“This virus is not evenly spread, and the situation is particularly severe in some parts of the country.
“Through the JBC and through NHS Test and Trace, we have built up a detailed picture of where, and how, this virus is spreading.
“This week’s NHS Test and Trace statistics show that testing capacity is up, testing turnaround times are down, and the distance travelled for tests is down too.”
Mr Hancock added: “I know that these restrictions are difficult for people.
“I hate the fact that we have to bring them in. But it is essential that we do bring them in.
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