In view of the rapidly increasing number of cases, the United Kingdom government opted this week for a three-tier system of local action.
Keir Starmer squared up against Boris Johnson today over the prime minister's refusal to act on expert advice to impose a national two-week lockdown.
Drakeford did not set any dates for further restrictions, but has "called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to convene a Cobra meeting so that all four United Kingdom nations could discuss the measure", the BBC reports.
But the government has defended its decision, describing it as a very hard balance to protect health and jobs. "Ignoring these facts is why we are in Tier 3 measures".
But in Lancashire, Tory county council leader Geoff Driver said it was "inevitable" his region would enter Tier 3.
Dr Gabriel Scally agreed with SAGE and said it was very "unusual" for a government that says it is following the science not to follow the science when it comes to a short national lockdown. Johnson has not ruled out a circuit-breaker, but the Chancellor strongly criticised the idea.
Greater Manchester's regional government on Wednesday rejected efforts to move it into highest tier of coronavirus risk, saying infection rates and levels of hospitalisation in the metropolitan area are much lower than those in Liverpool. There are now more people in hospital with COVID than on 23 March when we went into national lockdown.
In a press conference yesterday (Tuesday 13 October), Starmer pointed to recommendations given from Government advisers the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).
Prof Medley said thousands of deaths could be prevented up to January with a circuit-breaker but that did not necessarily translate into lives saved from coronavirus in the long-term.
"The key thing is we would get a decline in cases and similar reductions in hospital admission and mortality", he added.
"In the paper, we look between October and the end of the year, and what you're doing is delaying the next wave until after January, so yes it does look as though you're preventing deaths in that time period, but it just means that you've delayed (them)".
This comes after reports that Northern Ireland is set to become the first part of the United Kingdom to impose a "circuit breaker" where tighter restrictions will be in place for four weeks.
"This is not the time for trite political points", First Minister Arlene Foster told politicians at the regional assembly in Belfast. Further pressure for the circuit-breaker came with a new paper modelling the impact it could have.
The UK already has the deadliest outbreak in Europe, with over 43,000 confirmed deaths, and Northern Ireland has the highest infection rate in the UK.
"Household mixing should be restricted to one household, except for those who formed support bubbles".