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UK doctors and health experts back Covid-19 ‘circuit breaker’

Medics favour series of short lockdowns ‘to buy time’ as chancellor Rishi Sunak says regional tiered action is best

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Hospital doctors and public health experts have backed growing calls for a “circuit breaker” to stem the resurgence of Covid-19 and protect the NHS, as fresh signs of a cabinet split emerged.

As up to 95% of intensive care beds were reported to be full in some hospitals in Liverpool – half with coronavirus patients – growing concerns were raised about the NHS becoming overwhelmed. This week Liverpool said it would scale back non-urgent operations.

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