Britain will not have a half-term circuit breaker as pushed for by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
Boris Johnson has ruled out any chance of the nation plunging into a total lockdown for a two-week period and accused labour of trying to “turn the lights out”.
An expert warned ministers that the current three-tier system will fail to stop tens of thousands of deaths if it is continued.
But the Prime Minister said the low infection rates in South West England and parts of the South East make it wrong to enforce tougher national restrictions.
Speaking about Sir Keir, Mr Johnson said: “It is the height of absurdity that he attacks the economic consequences of the measures we are obliged to take across some parts of the country when he wants to turn the lights out with a full national lockdown.”
Nicola Sturgeon has extended Scotland’s circuit breaker after figures revealed did not stop the spread of the virus in Scotland as planned.
On Wednesday, 28 Covid-related deaths – the highest since May 21 were recorded in Scotland which had an extra 1,739 cases.
Across Britain 26,688 more people tested positive for Covid, taking cases up by a quarter in just 24 hours and 191 more people died.
The total number of confirmed infections now stands at 789,229 and the national death toll is 44,158.
The Prime Minister's statement puts to bed any fears of a nationwide lockdown over the autumn school break but he failed to explain how regions will come out of Tier 3 measures.
Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire will currently have their third tier status reviewed every 28 days.
Tory MP for Hazel Grove in Greater Manchester, William Wragg said he opposed the rules because of their wider impact.
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Mr Wragg said: “Perversely, the closure of Covid-secure premises will make it more likely that people will meet in each other’s
“Many vulnerable people are terrified of criminalising themselves inadvertently simply through usual interaction.”
Government adviser Prof John Edmunds has warned that the second peak could hit the UK hard over Christmas because the current restrictions are slowing the spread of Covid down, not stopping it completely.
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