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Boris Johnson rallies the cabinet fearing the lockdown could tighten


Boris Johnson rallied cabinet today amid fears the lockdown could be tightened within days if the coronavirus numbers don't let up.

The prime minister held a virtual meeting with his senior team to reflect on the next step in the crisis that is devastating the country.

Ministers have desperately asked the British to restrict their contacts as the NHS struggles to cope with the volume of Covid patients as police press ahead with enforcing brutal restrictions.

However, the government has made it clear that it is ready to go even tougher. SAGE leaders are pushing for a three-meter rule to distance themselves from social rules, threatening to close the void so people can exercise with a friend from another household.

Other options that have been considered include clicking and collecting all purchases, as well as closing additional jobs.

Matt Hancock hinted that he had trained hard against someone at a briefing on Downing Street last night and said the exception was being used to socialize.

In another ominous sign, Mr. Johnson tweeted this morning saying that "meeting with others from outside your household or the support bubble puts you and others at risk of serious illness".

However, in one round of interviews, Police Minister Kit Malthouse risked confusing the news by saying a 70-mile bike ride would be considered "stay local" under lockdown rules.

The comments came after Mr Johnson had a backlash over cycling over the weekend with his security detail in Olympic Park – seven miles from Downing Street.

There is also new confusion after sources from # 10 insisted that it is not against the rules to sit on park benches, but only for a "short break" during exercise.

The scale of the problem facing the UK was made clear again last night. Another 529 Covid deaths were recorded. That's a 30 percent increase from the 407 reported on the same day last week.

It was the deadliest Monday since April 20, when 570 people lost their lives, and it was the worst week of death in the UK since the pandemic began.

An average of 931 people lost their lives in each of the last seven days, compared to the highest 7-day average of 920 in the first wave in April.

In a glimmer of hope that the UK's rising case load may decrease, 46,169 people tested positive for the virus – a 20 percent decrease in one week.

The impact of the widespread Tier 4 lockdown that went into effect on Boxing Day and last week's national lockdown are likely to have an impact on daily infection numbers.

Another day of chaos for Britons battling the worst crisis of a generation:

  • Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey warned about vacation masks unemployment, and the actual rate could be 6.5 percent, not 4.9 percent.
  • The government is facing increased pressure to run the vaccination program around the clock and put more staff on the front lines.
  • Matt Hancock has denied there is a national oxygen starvation as the burden on the NHS mounts, but approved patients may need to be moved to where supplies are available.
  • Seven vaccination centers have been opened, including London's ExCeL and Birmingham Millennium Point.
  • Derbyshire Police have canceled a £ 200 fine for two women fined for driving five miles to go for a walk.
  • Almost a quarter of nursing home residents have received their first shot of a Covid vaccine. Almost 2.7 million doses are now administered across the UK.
  • Hospitals began rationing oxygen when it was found that every fourth coronavirus patient is under 55 years old.

Boris Johnson (pictured in today's cabinet) is under pressure from members of Sage's Scientific Advisory Board to widen the social distancing gap

Mr Johnson held a virtual meeting with his senior team to reflect on the next step in the crisis that is devastating the country

Mr Johnson held a virtual meeting with his senior team to reflect on the next step in the crisis that is devastating the country

People are standing in front of the Hornchurch Library in the Havering borough of London today for their Covid-19 vaccination

People stand in front of the Hornchurch Library in the Havering borough of London today for their Covid-19 vaccination

Vaccinations are ongoing at the Millennium Point Center in Birmingham today

Vaccinations are ongoing at the Millennium Point Center in Birmingham today

The distance was set at two meters in March after experts said the coronavirus was up to ten times more transmittable at one meter than at two. Now experts want the public to stay within the distance of public transport, on supermarket lines and on the go

The distance was set at two meters in March after experts said the coronavirus was up to ten times more transmittable at one meter than at two. Now experts want the public to stay within the distance of public transport, on supermarket lines and on the go

Almost 2.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered across the UK, according to the government last night

Almost 2.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered across the UK, according to the government last night

In another ominous sign, Mr Johnson tweeted this morning, saying, "When you meet others from outside your household or a support bubble, you and others are at risk of serious illness."

In another ominous sign, Mr. Johnson tweeted this morning saying that "meeting with others from outside your household or the support bubble puts you and others at risk of serious illness".

The PM is announced by Tory lockdown skeptics for March

Boris Johnson was given the target by Tory lockdown skeptics to ease the curbs for coronavirus.

Former Whip Chief Mark Harper, chairman of Tory Backbench's Covid Recovery Group, said the restrictions shouldn't stay "a second longer" once the vaccine has protected priority groups.

Around 15 million people are expected to be vaccinated by mid-February, including nursing home residents, those over 70, those at high clinical risk, and frontline health and care workers.

These groups were responsible for 88% of deaths in the first wave, and the government is in a race against time to protect them with a first dose of vaccine.

Mr Harper suggested that there should be no excuse for maintaining England's national lockdown once they received their push – and time was given to take effect.

More than 2.3 million people have been stabbed to date, and Mr Harper said reaching the mid-February target must remain the "central, overarching focus" for ministers.

He said that "like the disease, locks and restrictions cause immense damage".

“In order for today's progress to really mean something to the millions of people across the country who do the right thing and obey the law, it is imperative that the government pinpoint how today's progress will lead and show us all a return to normal life You have a clear exit strategy – a way back to freedom. & # 39;

With a three-week delay between the vaccine being administered and its full protection, Harper said, "If we hit the critical February 15th deadline, the four at-risk groups will have immunity by March 8th."

"At this point – if all key groups have become immune to Covid – what possible reason could there be for maintaining strict restrictions for a second longer?

Mr Johnson warned yesterday that "complacency" among the public could plunge the country into deeper crisis at an already "very dangerous moment".

The warnings came amid growing government concerns that the third lockdown may not bring the recent surge in coronavirus infections under control.

Chris Whitty, chief medical officer, said the UK was "now at the worst point in this epidemic" and urged people not to see friends and family, even under the circumstances. Any "unnecessary" contact risks spreading the virus.

The only assurances offered so far are that the support bladders will stay in place and the kindergartens can stay open.

Mr Johnson was given the March 8 target by Tory lockdown skeptics to begin easing coronavirus curbs.

Former Whip Chief Mark Harper, chairman of Tory Backbench's Covid Recovery Group, said the restrictions shouldn't stay "a second longer" once the vaccine has protected priority groups.

Around 15 million people are expected to be vaccinated by mid-February, including nursing home residents, those over 70, those at high clinical risk, and frontline health and care workers.

These groups were responsible for 88% of deaths in the first wave, and the government is in a race against time to protect them with a first dose of vaccine.

Mr Harper suggested that there should be no excuse for maintaining England's national lockdown once they received their push – and time was given to take effect.

More than 2.3 million people have been stabbed to date, and Mr Harper said reaching the mid-February target must remain the "central, overarching focus" for ministers.

He said that "like the disease, locks and restrictions do immense damage".

“In order for today's progress to really mean something to the millions of people across the country who do the right thing and obey the law, it is imperative that the government pinpoint how today's progress will lead and show us all a return to normal life You have a clear exit strategy – a way back to freedom. & # 39;

With a three-week delay between the vaccine being administered and its full protection, Harper said, "If we hit the critical February 15th deadline, the four at-risk groups will have immunity by March 8th."

"At this point – if all key groups have become immune to Covid – what possible reason could there be for maintaining strict restrictions for a second longer?

Mr Johnson is facing increasing pressure to start vaccinations around the clock as ministers race against time to get nudged in the arms.

Labor has called for the government to "sort out" a 24/7 operation, despite No. 10 claiming there is no "shouting" for appointments after 8pm.

Tory MPs are urging ministers to carefully consider whether working hours can be extended, while some said there is no excuse why it shouldn't be around the clock.

Armed police were on duty at Waterloo Station today as the government is considering tightening lockdown rules again

Armed police were on duty at Waterloo Station today as the government is considering tightening lockdown rules again

The hall in Waterloo was as good as deserted as the public got used to the draconian restrictions in force

The hall at Waterloo was as good as deserted as the public got used to the draconian restrictions in force

People waiting in Times Square in Newcastle to receive their vaccination doses today

People waiting in Times Square in Newcastle to receive their vaccination doses today

The vaccine rollout continued today in Newcastle as the government tries to increase the numbers protected

Vaccine rollouts continued in Newcastle today as the government tried to increase the numbers protected

The pressure increases for 24-hour vaccinations

Boris Johnson faces mounting pressure to start vaccinations around the clock as ministers race against time to get nudged in the arms.

Labor has called for the government to "sort out" a 24/7 operation, despite No. 10 claiming there is no "shouting" for appointments after 8pm.

Tory MPs are urging ministers to carefully consider whether working hours can be extended, while some said there is no excuse why it shouldn't be around the clock.

The Prime Minister has promised that around 13 million of the most vulnerable Britons will be vaccinated by mid-February.

The aim is for everyone over 50 to be offered a Covid sting by the end of April.

However, doubts have been expressed about the target, numbering around 2.7 million as of yesterday, and calls for frontline workers such as teachers and police officers to be placed on the priority list.

Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said today her officers should be "properly recognized" on the vaccine priority list as she warned her colleagues they are "not immune to the virus".

The latest ambitious schedule is to vaccinate 32 million Britons – six in ten adults – within 16 weeks. The "greatest logistical challenge of our time" requires two million shocks to be delivered every week.

A 47-page master plan released last night says the nation's remaining adults – another 21 million – will be vaccinated by fall.

The Prime Minister has promised that around 13 million of the most vulnerable Britons will be vaccinated by mid-February.

The aim is for everyone over 50 to be offered a Covid sting by the end of April.

However, doubts have been expressed about the target of around 2.7 million since yesterday, and calls for frontline workers such as teachers and police officers to be placed on the priority list.

Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said today her officers should be "properly recognized" on the vaccine priority list as she warned her colleagues that they are "not immune to the virus".

The latest ambitious schedule is to vaccinate 32 million Britons – six in ten adults – within 16 weeks. The "greatest logistical challenge of our time" requires two million shocks to be delivered every week.

A 47-page master plan released last night says the nation's remaining adults – another 21 million – will be vaccinated by fall.

Mr. Malthouse this morning insisted that Mr. Johnson's decision to cycle in Olympic Park seven miles from Downing Street was "within the rules" and legal. The Prime Minister's Sunday ride in east London is okay because "locally open to interpretation" A 50-70 mile bike ride that starts and ends at home would also be okay in most cases.

He said, “I understand this is sort of a scotch egg moment where people are looking for the loopholes and the problems in the law. Unfortunately, we cannot legislate for every single dynamic in human existence. If you can get there on your own and not interact with someone … then that makes perfect sense to me.

Dame Cressida said police will act "quickly" on fines that openly ignore coronavirus lockdown rules. The officials in London had issued more than 300 firm charges for "blatant" violations of the regulations within 24 hours.

And in a veiled review of the Prime Minister's bike tour to the Olympic Park, Dame Cressida Dick said, "To me, a reasonable interpretation of that is that you can do your exercise from your front door and return to your front door," adding, "The public sees us all as role models ".

Number 10 has yet to confirm whether Mr Johnson rode his bike to the Olympic Park himself or was brought to east London by car when some Tory MPs complained that too much power was being given to the police.

Dame Cressida has also asked the government to put the definition of "local" in law to ease the burden on the police, as officials in Devon and Cornwall have been found to be using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to ensure that only essential journeys are possible during the lockdown – and hunt people who travel in second homes.

70-mile bike rides are "fine," says Minister

People in England can go on 70-mile bike rides, but only sit on park benches "for a short break", think carefully about meeting a friend while walking for coffee, and never go to the supermarket without a mask, said the ministers today.

Police Minister Kit Malthouse also accused the public of "looking for loopholes" by disregarding the third national lockdown – compared to pubs serving scotch eggs to stay open last year – and insisted it was the The police's job is to check where people are going and who they meet outdoors.

Amid widespread confusion about whether people are allowed to sit on park benches during their daily exercise, No10 sources also told MailOnline that a "short break" during exercise was "appropriate". However, they stressed that it was illegal to go out "just to sit in public".

But Mr. Malthouse insisted that Boris Johnson's decision to cycle in Olympic Park seven miles from Downing Street was "within the rules" and legal. He said the Prime Minister's Sunday ride in east London was okay because "locally is open to interpretation" and that a 50-70 mile bike ride that starts and ends at home would be okay in most cases.

He said, “I understand this is sort of a scotch egg moment where people are looking for the loopholes and the problems in the law. Unfortunately, we cannot legislate for every single dynamic in human existence. & # 39;

Hampshire Police are using drones to monitor people visiting the Southsea waterfront to ensure they are socially distant and do not meet in groups.

The Daily Mail has been told that senior members of Sage's Scientific Advisory Board would like to upgrade the one-meter-plus rule to two-meter-plus.

In practice, this would change the limit to ten feet – nearly ten feet. The drastic suggestion came about when an angry Matt Hancock denounced people who violated social distancing rules.

At a press conference on Downing Street, the Health Secretary said he would "not rule out further action if necessary."

Aided by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, who sits on top of Sage, he said it was time to double the curbs from Covid – including outdoor contact.

When asked if a ten-foot rule would be introduced in England, a Downing Street spokesman said last night: "There are currently no plans to change the social distancing rules. However, everything is checked. & # 39;

Several members of Sage say the lockdown has to be tougher than the first one back in March last year.

The idea of ​​a Chinese-style ban on residents leaving their homes was raised at a meeting.

Ministers are angry that some people are using their right to exercise every day as an excuse to meet friends in the park for coffee.

A source said, “If it means limiting people to a single hour-long walk once a week, that's what we have to do. We can't let a few selfish idiots put the whole country in danger. & # 39;

It is feared that failure to comply with restrictions will increase the number of deaths and risk overwhelming hospitals.

Increasing the social distancing rule to ten feet is seen as a way to stop the spread of the new variant of the virus, which is easier to pass on.

The UK recorded an additional 529 Covid deaths yesterday - a 30 percent increase from the 407 reported the same day last week. It's also the deadliest Monday since April 20, when 570 people lost their lives

The UK recorded an additional 529 Covid deaths yesterday – a 30 percent increase from the 407 reported the same day last week. It's also the deadliest Monday since April 20, when 570 people lost their lives

In a round of interviews this morning, Police Minister Kit Malthouse risked confusing the news by saying a 70-mile bike ride would be considered "stay local" under lockdown rules

In a round of interviews this morning, Police Minister Kit Malthouse risked confusing the news by saying a 70-mile bike ride would be "kept local" under lockdown rules

Supermarkets have said they are tightening their attitude towards wearing masks. Pictured New Cross in South East London today

Supermarkets have said they are tightening their attitude towards wearing masks. Pictured New Cross in South East London today

What are the government rules for exercising?

You should minimize the amount of time away from your home, but you can leave home to exercise.

This should be limited to once per day and you shouldn't travel outside of your area.

You can exercise outdoors in a public place:

  • of yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to create one)
  • in a childcare bubble where childcare is offered
  • or, if you are alone, with someone from another household

This includes running, biking, hiking, and swimming, among others.

Personal training can be continued individually, unless everyone is in the same household or in the same support bubble.

Public outdoor spaces are:

  • Parks, beaches, publicly accessible landscape, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter)
  • the site of a cultural heritage
  • playgrounds

Opponents of the move say it will have little impact, create more confusion, and be a logistical nightmare.

Two-meter signs have been painted on sidewalks across the country, with similar notices in tens of thousands of shops, factories, offices and public spaces.

A change would increase the cost of fighting the pandemic.

Supporters claim the benefit of saving lives and protecting the NHS means the move is worth it. They argue that it is an answer to the new variant that is said to be up to 70 percent more transferable.

If it continues, it would be the government's third social distancing policy.

The distance was set at two meters in March after experts said the coronavirus was up to ten times more transmittable at one meter than at two.

After the first lockdown, it was reduced to “one meter plus” in July – mainly to make it easier for restaurants and cafes to reopen.

A two-meter-plus rule in practice would mean staying three meters apart – nearly 10 feet – unless measures were taken to limit the risk of transmission, such as a traffic jam. B. Screens.

Social distancing gaps vary across the world.

In China, Hong Kong and Singapore, which successfully battled the pandemic, the distance was one meter.

However, they imposed other, far stricter rules, including curfews. Spain and Canada followed the two-meter rule.

The other three home countries have different versions of the two-meter rule.

In Scotland, people are advised to stay two meters apart and in Wales they are advised to stay two meters apart, unless this is impractical, with the exception of young children.

The gap in Northern Ireland has narrowed to one meter but is now two again.

Professor Paul Hunter of the University of East Anglia said, “The further you are from someone, the less risk you risk.

“Three meters reduces the risk a little compared to two meters – but it's hard to say how much and if that would make a big difference. I suspect the main problem is with people who don't stick to the two-meter rule. & # 39;

Cautioned against trying to push the limits while exercising, Mr. Hancock added, “If too many people break this rule, we'll look at it. Don't say you're exercising if you're really just socializing. & # 39;

He said the two-meter rule should be followed, not as a "limit to be challenged".

Shortly after Mr Hancock's press conference on Downing Street on Monday, the Prime Minister posted a short video that was filmed during his visit to the Ashton Gate vaccination center in Bristol.

Mr Johnson faced a bicycling backlash over the weekend with his safety detail in Olympic Park - seven miles from Downing Street

Mr Johnson faced a bicycling backlash over the weekend with his safety detail in Olympic Park – seven miles from Downing Street

In it, he urged the British to "follow instructions to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives" as Covid continues to spread rapidly in several parts of the country.

The British shouldn't lose focus on the pandemic as the coronavirus "is still causing big problems for our NHS," Johnson added.

Mr Hancock also used the briefing to defend the Prime Minister after he was seen cycling in the Olympic Park, seven miles from Downing Street, in an apparent violation of government advice.

The health minister said it is allowed to drive this distance from where you live to do sports, although he also insists that people must "stay".

But he also warned that the rules for two people from different households to exercise outdoors together could be lifted if people continued to abuse them.

"If too many people break this rule, we have to look at them, but I don't want to," Hancock said of a 10 briefing last night.

The Prime Minister was seen wearing a hat and face mask on his bike at the venue, seven miles from Downing Street, yesterday afternoon.

A source told the Evening Standard that Mr. Johnson was training along with his security detail.

Exceptionally, the Prime Minister is said to have "noticed how busy" the park was and later pointed this out at a meeting.

According to official government guidelines, movement should be limited to once a day and "you should not travel outside your area".

Two women were fined £ 200 each by Derbyshire Police for walking five miles from their home while officials in Whitby beat people for sledging.

One witness said: “He was leisurely driving with another man in a cap and chatting while about four security guards, possibly more, cycled behind them.

Realizing the person looked like Boris, I drove past them to hear his voice and be sure it was him. It was definitely Boris.

"Given the current situation with Covid, I was shocked to see him driving around so carelessly," added the woman, who asked not to be named.

Even though he advises everyone to stay home and not leave their area, shouldn't they stay in Westminster and not travel to other districts? & # 39;

The Prime Minister's spokesman yesterday was unable to provide any information on why Mr Johnson had gone to Stratford and why it was within the rules.

It is also not clear whether Mr Johnson was ridden to the park on his bike or rode all the way there and back.

Tim Farron, MP for Lib Dem, said, “The government's guidelines for travel to sport are as clear as mud.

“People travel hundreds of miles to the Lake District while others are scared to drive 5 minutes to the local park.

"I wrote to the prime minister asking him to give clear instructions once and for all."

In a video posted on the Prime Minister's official Twitter account last night, which includes footage of Mr Johnson's visit to Bristol on Monday, the Prime Minister praised the government's vaccination program.

But he warned the British that this shouldn't lead to complacency as the new variant of Covid is still spreading rapidly.

Mr. Johnson said, “Hi guys. I'm here at this amazing mass vaccination center in Bristol in a football stadium and it's one of the 50 we'll be rolling out by the end of the month to help all of the over 1,000 GP surgeries across the 233 hospital locations. plus the 200 pharmacies.

“And of course that's just the beginning when we deliver the vaccine.

“When I speak to you this morning, we've done about 2.4 million thrusts, 2 million people in the country who have already been vaccinated, and we're going to increase that massively over the next few weeks as soon as we get it, we hope by the middle February up to 15 million.

“And that is a very ambitious program. We are confident that we can do it.

"But if we bring people to their knees, it is incredibly important that we don't lose focus on the pandemic, which unfortunately is still happening in so many parts of the country and is still filling our hospitals with Covid patients, and still is has big causes, big problems for our NHS.

“So everyone has to follow the instructions. Stay home protect the NHS and save lives. & # 39;

Along with his video, the Prime Minister tweeted, “If we get bumped in the arms, we must not lose sight of the state of the pandemic – which is putting enormous pressure on our NHS.

"So please follow the rules and stay home to protect the NHS and save lives."

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