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A new three-tiered traffic light system which would be used to trigger local lockdowns and send automatic alerts to people’s mobile phones has been proposed.

The country would be split into three categories depending on the rate of infection in the area.

‘Red’ zones would signify regions needing the tightest restrictions, followed by ‘amber’ and then ‘green’.

The system proposed would work alongside the Test and Trace app.

People would reportedly be sent texts when the rules in their towns changed due to any change in the infection rate.

The new plan is reportedly being “considered” but is yet to be signed off by the PM.

‘Red’ zones would signify regions needing the tightest restrictions

A Cabinet minister told the Daily Telegraph that at the moment there are different measures in different places and a three-tiered approach would be more consistent across the country.

The minister said the exact nature of what each tier would entail is subject to further discussion.

But it has not been given the green light just yet, with a source telling the Telegraph: “There is a proposal in the Whitehall system to look at a tiered approach.

“It is in the system, it is being considered, but no decisions have been made and it has not been signed off yet.”

Boris Johnson is yet to sign the idea off
A testing centre in Leeds, west Yorkshire

Boris Johnson told the House of Commons: “One of the great advantages of NHS Test and Trace… is that we now have the ability to see in granular detail where the epidemic is breaking out and exactly which groups are being infected.”

He added: “Test and Trace enables us to isolate the cases of the virus in ever greater detail, which we were not able to do before.

“There would be far more damage to the economy throughout our country if we failed to control the virus now and we were obliged to put in seriously damaging lockdown measures that really affected every business in the country.”

It is proposed the three tier system could be in addition to Test and Trace.