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No way to assess costs of Covid tiers against no action, Tory MPs told

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Report argues in favour of tiers on grounds that letting NHS be overwhelmed is ‘intolerable’

It is impossible to know whether the economic cost of the new coronavirus tiers system in England will be greater than that of taking no action, a government analysis has concluded, arguing instead that allowing the NHS to be overwhelmed would be “intolerable for our society”.

The 48-page document, released in response to demands from Conservative MPs threatening to vote down the tiers plan in the Commons on Tuesday, cites modelling suggesting that the top tier of restrictions lasting to the spring would cause an 11.3% drop in real GDP.

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