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The Telegraph

Matt Hancock set to announce ‘traffic light’ system for regional lockdowns

A “traffic-light” system to simplify the different regional lockdowns across England is expected to be announced by Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, next week. The new three-tier approach divides the country into different areas based on local infection rates, which will dictate the severity of local lockdowns. The “traffic light” system will work alongside the new NHS Test and Trace app, which will see people scanning a special QR code to enter and exit pubs, restaurants and bars. The app – launched on Thursday – will then send a message to the user about the lockdown conditions that apply to their specific area. The three-tier plan was signed off by ministers at a meeting of the Covid committee in Whitehall two weeks ago and is set to be unveiled by Mr Hancock after the Conservative Party conference next week. The graphic below shows how it could look: