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Circuit breaker: What is a circuit-breaker lockdown? – BBC News

The First Minister of Wales has announced a fire-break lockdown, also known as a circuit breaker.

The national lockdown, also known as a circuit breaker, will start at 6pm on 23 October.

But what exactly is a circuit breaker in Covid terms?

Northern Ireland, Singapore and Israel have all used circuit breakers to try to reduce their coronavirus cases.

But how do they work? How long is a covid circuit breaker? How can it help fight coronavirus?

BBC health correspondent Laura Foster explains it all in a minute.

Video by Laura Foster, Terry Saunders and Mattea Bubalo

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    I remeber when stuff like this was on There Day Today as satire, talking about how the economy was on 3 legs and what would happen if one leg would fall over.

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    A Circuit breaker is a real term in electronics. The gov hijacked the term so that the common man will understand the idea. However in this case the gov is tricking the people to force them in a lockdown over a non dangerous virus.

    The magna carta was signed on the 15th of June. Masks went into effect on the 15th of June. What do you think is happening?

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    If your grandmother has cancer, they will happily deny her treatment and let her die. But, to protect her from a virus she'll most likely survive, they’ll bankrupt the country? Really? BS. These people are criminals.

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    China VIRUS?

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    Crimes Against Humanity Boris Johnson Matthew Hancock Patrick Vallance Bill Gates Anthony Fauci George Soros
    https://youtu.be/kr04gHbP5MQ

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    How long till you close this comment section too ? You cowards, the people are onto this scam.

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    166 thumbs up vs. 25 thumbs down, this is not reflected in the comment section. Total manipulation of figures like official covid figures!

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    Aubrianna Lyons Eden Bryant

    I'm Alone 😍πŸ˜₯

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    A lockdown of this kind might have been of value, applied early enough.
    But as usual this government produces too little, too late.
    We're reduced to discussing whether or not we should close the stable door – while we watch the horse disappear down the road.

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    More like a soul breaker.

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    COVID 1984 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
    (Circuit Breaker Edition)

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    Our circuit breaker was for 2 months. For UK I fear it will be longer.

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    DEFUND AND PRIVATISE THE CORRUPT BBC NOW!!
    INTIMIDATION LETTERS AND ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS BULLYING PENSIONERS AGED 75+ TO FORCE THEM TO PAY MUCH NEEDED MONEY FOR A BIASED AND CORRUPT BBC BROADCASTER.
    DEFUND NOW!!!

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    Zahraa qasim alkahfaji

    Contact me if you want to be my Boyfriend πŸ˜πŸ’‹ πŸ’πŸ’–β€οΈ

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    The letter c sounds nice…. letter B is always b grade like this letter itself

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    Because people aren't intelligent enough 2 see necessity in a lockdown without a clever name and a simple explanation? Glad 2 know that Britain has this problem just as bad as we do.

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    Ow those funny cats πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡
    https://youtu.be/O_s1iEm4fEQ

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    You share amazing 😍 video I like your video keep it up and share more and more video πŸ‘Œ**

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    Load of bollocks that's what it is lockdown London now

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    Cant think of a decent name

    A Lockdown doesn't solve the problem it just postpones it !!

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    How about you stop lying to us?

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    What Singapore imposed back in April

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