Could a regional 'circuit breaker' STILL happen at half-term? Claims Cummings ...

Could a 'circuit breaker' STILL happen at half-term? Claims Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove back a broad crackdown in badly-affected 'urban areas' over school half-term Gove and Cummings said to be pushing for two-week closure from October 26  Would affect only parts of England with the worst coronavirus levels But faces opposition from Chancellor Rishi Sunak who branded idea damaging

By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 10:30 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 10:49 BST, 15 October 2020

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Boris Johnson is looking at placing millions of people in urban areas into a total 'circuit breaker' lockdown at half term.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and the PM's assistant Dominic Cummings are said to be pushing for a two-week closure from October 26 - but limit it to the worst-affected parts of England.

This would allow him to appear to be taking decisive action in the face of wide-support for the measure but avoid handing a political victory to Labour leader Keir Starmer, who demanded a nationwide lockdown this week.

It would cover all areas in the top Tier 3 Very High category but could also include some areas currently at Tier 2 High. 

It came as it was announced London will go into Tier 2 lockdown from midnight on Friday night, with ministers expected to announce Greater Manchester would be put into the highest Tier 3 later today.

Mr Johnson has not ruled out a circuit-breaker, but in a combative performance at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, he said it would mean misery for millions.

He rounded on Sir Keir Starmer over his call for the UK to be plunged back into a national lockdown for a temporary period.

The PM is also likely to have stiff opposition from the Chancellor. Responding to Keir Starmer's call for a full circuit breaker, Rishi Sunak last night said Britain was already facing an 'economic emergency' - and said Labour 'do not seem to care about the long-term stability of the public finances'.

Mr Johnson has not ruled out a circuit-breaker, but in a combative performance at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, he said it would mean misery for millions

Mr Johnson has not ruled out a circuit-breaker, but in a combative performance at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, he said it would mean misery for millions

Michael Gove

Dominic Cummings today (right)

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove (left) and the PM's assistant Dominic Cummings (right, today) are said to be pushing for a two-week closure from October 26 - but limit it to the worst-affected parts of England

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