Unlock areas where there are fewer cases

There are emerging clearly defined "geographic clusters" of coronavirus throughout the UK and Scotland based on reported cases per 100k population at the local authority level, at some point in the future can a phased ease of the current lockdown be implemented starting with those local authorities which have to date experienced a lower reported case level?

Why the contribution is important

As this will enable those in areas where the virus is less prevalent to quicker resume a normal life without the likelihood of increasing the "R" value as a blanket lockdown is no longer fare to those lesser likely to become infected.

by jakeuk on May 06, 2020 at 04:24AM

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  • Posted by Mjgallacher May 06, 2020 at 09:04

    How would this work in terms of movement of people? Whilst I agree that there are rural areas with little to no cases at the moment, surely that will just spike when people move around for work? Are you suggesting those in higher areas of incidence are “locked in” to their cities for the foreseeable? It could be a possibility.
  • Posted by DevVeh May 06, 2020 at 11:41

    How do we know if there are low number of cases because nobody has the virus in that area or because we are not testing enough in that area to spot the cases. We tested 0.045% of our population on May 4th. Or 45 per 100 000. This also isnt spread evenly over the community. So how can you say that this group of 100 000 people are all clear when you have tested such a small percentage of them?
  • Posted by Janni May 06, 2020 at 14:35

    This would have to go hand in hand with testing and contact tracing, but it would be a very good and fair way to start up again and reduce frustration. Travel could be restricted to "within your council area" or within so many miles or whatever to minimise contamination of safer areas. It would also be flexible, so that if cases do go up, restrictions could be tightened again in certain areas.
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