BORIS Johnson has not ruled out a return to the regional Covid tier system on a visit to the North West today.

However, the Prime Minister added that the government sees ‘nothing in the data to make us think we will have to deviate from the roadmap’.

Mr Johnson was speaking from AstraZeneca’s Macclesfield campus in Cheshire, announcing a £380 million investment to boost production of the company’s Zoladex oncology treatment.

The Prime Minister said: “We look at the data from around the country and in the North West, and North East, where it’s been a little bit stubborn in the last year or so, but we see nothing in the data to make us think we will have to deviate from the roadmap.

“We look very carefully at the data across the country — there have actually been times where the decline in the North West has been faster than other parts of the country. 

“At the moment we think the roadmap is the right one, it’s clear, and we’re sticking to it for the whole country. 

A video summary of the PM's comments by Local Democracy Reporter Ethan Davies

“The people of this part of the world have put up with a huge amount, and contributed a massive amount to get [through] Covid. I know how hard it’s been for families across the North West.”

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Image: Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing StreetImage: Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street

The rise has since subsided, but is one of a number of areas where decreases in new cases have slowed due to the unlocking of British society.