The Transport Secretary was grilled on the reported South West R rate increase by Sky News’ Ashish Joshi. Mr Shapps stated he is not ruling out regional lockdown but that the data on the R rate may not be accurate.
Mr Joshi asked: “Are we moving now towards the very real possibility of a regional lockdown?”
Mr Shapps replied: “On the R rate and the way that has been published today the range is 0.7 to 0.9 nationwide and we are confident from what we understand from SAGE it is less than 1.”
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