Many areas are currently facing varying degrees of restriction after the government introduced its phased strategy to combat the deadly outbreak.
The government is under pressure to introduce a further national ban in view of the increasing cases of corona virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first lockdown for March 23, 2020.
The new rules have imposed a ban on households that mix, and bars and pubs that do not serve food have had to close.
The Liverpool City region was the first in the UK to be placed under the strictest Tier 3 restrictions on 14 October, with other areas in England following suit. 28 local authorities are now subject to the country’s strictest measures.
Different parts of the country have been divided into “medium”, “high” or “very high” local coronavirus warning areas under the new system.
With France implementing a second cordoning off starting Friday and Germany imposing a four-week partial cordoning off, there is pressure on the British government to respond “harder and faster”.
Now the three-tier system is being challenged as the NHS testing and tracing system has the highest weekly number of positive cases to date and a study by Imperial College London found that almost 100,000 people catch Covid-19 every day.
Experts believe a more national approach is needed to tackle the soaring infection rate, and Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government would not rule anything out.
The government said that another 280 people died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test on Thursday and that there were a further 23,065 laboratory confirmed cases in the UK at 9am on Thursday.
The PA reports that the latest data from the testing and tracing system shows that a total of 126,065 people tested positive for Covid-19 at least once a week until October 21 – a 23% increase in positive cases over the previous week and the highest number of weeks since the program began in late May.
Asked if she would rule out another national ban, Ms. Patel said, “Well, I think we can’t rule anything out at this stage, of course, because we are a government focused on ensuring that we stop the spread of this virus and also (that) we protect public health.
But before that, the Secretary of Communities, Robert Jenrick, said that the government “will do everything in our power” to avoid a “blanket national lockdown”.
“That is why we have used all the means at our disposal to achieve just that, and we have used and will continue to use all the means at our disposal”.
He said the government was “very strongly convinced” that a short national “circuit breaker” lockdown was the wrong approach, and said “you can’t have a stop-start country”.
This means that there will be more people living in stage 2 (23.9 million) in England than in stage 1 (23.7 million).
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We continue to see a worrying rise in cases across the country and it is clear that decisive action is needed.
Areas moving from Tier 1 (medium) to Tier 2 (high) on Saturday include East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston-Upon-Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Dudley, Staffordshire, Telford, the Wrekin, Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, Derby City, South Derbyshire, all High Peak, Charnwood, Luton and Oxford City.