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Boris Johnson will announce the "Tiers" suspension TODAY after December 2nd


Boris Johnson is set to unveil a new, tougher "tier" system today that ends after the blanket lockdown ends – with a break for Christmas shopping and gyms, but pubs and restaurants that pay the price.

In a Commons statement this afternoon, the Prime Minister will confirm that the second national lockdown will end in England on December 2nd, with a return to the previous regional approach.

The rules, however, will be significantly stricter in key respects, leaving the hospitality industry to face “catastrophic” restrictions while retailers are allowed to continue to prop up the economy.

The compromise sparked anger when warnings were given that the restrictions could bring thousands of businesses to the wall despite the hated 10 p.m. pubs curfew to be eased.

However, in one round of interviews, Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted that it was a "calibrated" approach that would "save lives" and said, along with groundbreaking news about the Oxford vaccine, that there was now a "way through" the misery gives.

Mr Johnson, who could speak to the nation on television tonight, is also on the verge of signing a UK Christmas deal with Scotsman Nicola Sturgeon and other decentralized leaders that will allow families to see friends and loved ones. This plan could be completed as early as tomorrow.

The breakdown of the areas divided into the different levels will be announced on Thursday.

On one of the biggest days in the coronavirus saga:

  • Oxford University / AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is 90 percent effective, can be safely stored in a standard refrigerator, and costs just £ 2 per dose, which is another huge boost in the fight against Covid-19.
  • Ministers propose an extensive testing scheme to avoid the need for self-isolation when people have come into contact with infected individuals in order to win over rebels on the conservative backbenches.
  • Tory rebel ringleader Steve Baker tHis morning said he was "reassured" by the government's new plan.

In a Commons statement this afternoon, Boris Johnson will confirm that the second national lockdown will end in England on December 2nd, with a return to the previously applicable regional approach

In a round of interviews today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted it was a “calibrated” approach that would “save lives” and said there was now a “way through” misery

Stores and gyms will get the green light to reopen next week, Boris Johnson announced today

Stores and gyms will get the green light to reopen next week, Boris Johnson announced today

Oxford Jab & # 39; up to 90% effective & # 39; and UK has 100m cans to order

Oxford University / AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is 90 percent effective, can be safely stored in a standard refrigerator, and costs just £ 2 per dose, which is another huge boost in the fight against Covid-19. These are preliminary results today.

The studies found that the sting had a nine in ten chance of working when given as a half dose first and a full dose a month later. This drops to 62 percent when someone is given two full doses a month apart.

The combined analysis of both dosage regimens found an average effectiveness of 70.4 percent, according to Oxford University / AstraZeneca.

The lifesaving bump, which costs between £ 2 and £ 4, is seen as the UK's best chance for mass vaccination of the population by the end of spring, as Boris Johnson has ordered 100 million doses.

The Prime Minister tweeted today: “Incredibly exciting news, the Oxford vaccine has been shown to be so effective in studies. There are more security checks pending, but these are fantastic results. Well done to our brilliant scientists at @UniofOxford & @AstraZeneca and to everyone who volunteered for the trials.

Vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna in the US have 95 percent protection – but both must be stored between minus 75 ° C and minus 20 ° C and are up to £ 24 more expensive per batch.

Oxford University / AstraZeneca announced today that they have not identified any serious Covid-19 cases among 20,000 people who have received the sting in the UK and Brazil and who, with regulatory approval, can start managing by the end of 2020.

Scientists have also welcomed the discovery that half a dose for the first burst increases effectiveness. It means more people can be vaccinated because the vaccine will go on.

Government sources said last night that after the UK lockdown ended on December 2nd, non-essential stores across the country will be allowed to reopen in hopes that retailers can save some of their vital Christmas trade.

Gyms can be reopened on all levels and outdoor sports can be resumed.

According to the plan signed by Cabinet last night, most of the country will be in the top two levels, where the hospitality sector will remain severely restricted.

Sources said "most people" would be classified into levels two and three, where all indoor socializing with other households would be banned – possibly by spring.

Top tier hospitality companies are only allowed to offer takeaways, while second tier alcohol is likely to be allowed only with "large meals".

Prior to a Commons statement from Mr Johnson, Mr Hancock said the number of cases was starting to decline.

"It is very clear that keeping the virus under control and getting the R below 1 saves lives because we can see that when the virus gets out of hand, the number of hospitalizations increases and, unfortunately, the number of people dying "he told Times Radio.

“But the new levels are calibrated to have as little impact as is reasonably possible on our lives and the economy.

& # 39; Opening retail would be very positive for the economy and we expect to keep R below 1 and the number of cases will go down.

"So it's a more calibrated approach to the levels so that they can be more closely aligned with what's going on in your area."

Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday admitted that Christmas "will not be normal," but said ministers wanted to give families a break without risking a third wave of the virus.

Proposals believed to have been signed by all four home countries would allow up to three households to gather for Christmas, provided they don't meet with anyone else during that time.

The period is five days and begins on Christmas Eve and lasts until the bank holiday on December 28th.

Travel and overnight stays are permitted across the UK to allow friends and families to reunite over the Christmas break. But there will be no relaxation of the rules for the New Year.

Public Health England warned last week that five days of stricter restrictions would be required for each day of relaxation over Christmas. But the Chancellor downplayed the warning, saying it was "difficult to be that specific".

Police chiefs warned last week that they were not interested in enforcing the rules for family gatherings for Christmas. Government sources said the prime minister will urge people to show "common sense" to ensure that the Christmas chill doesn't spark a rebound in some cases.

The tiers will be significantly tougher in major respects, leaving the hospitality industry to face "catastrophic" restrictions while retailers are allowed to continue to support the economy

The tiers will be significantly tougher in major respects, leaving the hospitality industry to face "catastrophic" restrictions while retailers are allowed to continue to support the economy

questions and answers

Will the lock continue?

No. Boris Johnson will confirm today that the lockdown ends December 2nd. It will be replaced by a system of regional restrictions on three levels.

Will the levels be the same as before?

No. The government will revert to a three tier system, but Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it will be "tougher" than it was before the lockdown.

What were the levels before?

There were three levels of restrictions in England. Tier One only included national restrictions like the 10 p.m. curfew and the rule of six, which makes gatherings of more than six people illegal unless they're all from the same household or bubble. Tier 2 added a ban on indoor socializing, while Tier Three restricted pubs and restaurants to offer take-away service and ban wedding receptions and overnight stays.

What will be reopened when the lockout ends?

Shops are expected to reopen to allow Christmas trading. Gyms are reopening and outdoor sports are likely to resume. Betting shops will likely close on the higher levels and eateries will likely only remain take-out in parts of the country, with restrictions on houses mixing elsewhere.

Can i see family and friends?

The rule of six remains. Being together with other households indoors remains forbidden on the top two levels and is likely to be restricted on the bottom level as well.

What about christmas

Mr Johnson is pushing for a five-day break from the rules that allow people from up to three different households to mingle.

How will they choose which tier my area will go into?

Ministers will announce on Thursday which levels will apply to which parts of the country. The decision will depend on a number of factors including the number of Covid cases, local NHS capacity, and local R number – the rate at which the virus is spreading. But government sources have said that "most of the people" will be in the first two levels.

Does the curfew remain at 10 p.m.?

No. Pubs and restaurants will stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m., but customers will have time to drink and leave until 11 p.m.

How long will the new tier system last?

Government sources said it is expected to stay until spring.

Mr. Sunak said the new tiered system was "harder" than the previous one. It is expected that it will be until spring when ministers hope the introduction of vaccines will bring life back to normal. The ministers will announce on Thursday which areas of the country will go to which levels.

Government scientists have warned that Tier 1 restrictions have proven ineffective over the past month.

As a result, tens of millions of people are being put into Levels two and three, which have much stricter restrictions.

In tier 3, pubs and restaurants can only offer take-away services, people are not allowed to stay outside the home and travel outside the region is frowned upon.

Downing Street said last night that mass tests will be made available in all Tier 3 areas to detect infections early and slow the spread of the virus.

Mr Johnson will be giving MEPs the details of the plans this afternoon. In an overnight message, he said the UK was "out of the woods" but suggested that there were reasons for cautious optimism.

"People's selflessness in following the rules makes a difference," he said. “The virus doesn't spread nearly as quickly as if we don't wash our hands, keep social distance, wear masks, and so on. And in England, where nationwide measures went into effect earlier this month, the surge in new cases is slowing.

“We are not out of the forest yet. The virus is still prevalent in communities across the country and remains both far more contagious and far more deadly than the seasonal flu. As the tests and vaccines expand nearer deployment, the regional tiered system will help bring the virus back under control and keep it there. & # 39;

The government announced that an additional 341 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, bringing the total in the UK to 54,626.

Meanwhile, bomb results have shown that the Oxford University / AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is up to 90 percent effective, can be safely stored in a standard refrigerator, and costs just £ 2 per dose, which is another huge boost in the fight against Covid-19 .

Initial studies found that the sting has a nine in ten chance of working when given as a half dose first and a full dose a month later.

This drops to 62 percent when someone is given two full doses a month apart.

The combined analysis of both dosage regimens found an average effectiveness of 70.4 percent, according to Oxford University / AstraZeneca.

The lifesaving bump, which costs between £ 2 and £ 4, is seen as the UK's best chance for mass vaccination of the population by the end of spring, as Boris Johnson has ordered 100 million doses.

The Prime Minister tweeted today: “Incredibly exciting news, the Oxford vaccine has been shown to be so effective in studies. There are more security checks pending, but these are fantastic results. Well done to our brilliant scientists at @UniofOxford & @AstraZeneca and to everyone who volunteered for the trials.

Vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna in the US have 95 percent protection – but both must be stored between minus 75 ° C and minus 20 ° C and are up to £ 24 more expensive per batch.

Oxford University / AstraZeneca announced today that they have not identified any serious Covid-19 cases among 20,000 people who have received the sting in the UK and Brazil and who, with regulatory approval, can start managing by the end of 2020.

Scientists have also welcomed the discovery that half a dose for the first burst increases effectiveness. It means more people can be vaccinated because the vaccine will go on.

Tests Will Offer Freedom in SEVEN days: Boris Johnson will unveil plans to revolutionize £ 7 billion coronavirus screening to cut self-isolation time in half

Boris Johnson will unveil plans for a £ 7 billion revolution in mass testing – cutting the time for those who need to self-isolate to a week if their results are negative.

The move allows thousands to get back to normal life even after coming into contact with an infected person.

Dozens of millions of fast turnaround tests are also being made available to areas that are at the highest level of the new tiered system of Covid restrictions.

Boris Johnson will today unveil plans for a £ 7 billion mass testing revolution. This cuts the time to a week for those who need to self-isolate if their results are negative

Boris Johnson will today unveil plans for a £ 7 billion mass testing revolution. This cuts the time to a week for those who need to self-isolate if their results are negative

The program will employ new "Lateral Flow Tests" that have been tested in Liverpool and can produce results within 30 minutes.

Ministers believe they could revolutionize the testing and tracing system that has tried to get people to self-isolate for the entire 14 days.

With a new system, those who come in contact with an infected person can have a Covid test every day for a week.

If they test negative, they can live their lives as usual. After seven days of negative testing, they are released from the system. Trials of the program begin this week in Liverpool, where the Army has been involved in conducting the first mass tests of an entire city.

If successful, the project will roll out to NHS staff next month before being available to everyone in January.

Fast turnaround tests are also used to allow nursing home visits this winter. Downing Street confirmed last night that ministers hope to allow residents to have regular visits from two family members.

Named visitors are tested twice a week. Negative tests allow people to visit loved ones and remove social distancing requirements.

A spokesman for Number 10 said, "The key is that visitors can have physical contact, such as a hug or holding hands with loved ones."

Ahead of a national rollout planned for next month, trials have already started in 20 nursing homes.

Nurses caring for people in their homes will also be offered weekly tests starting today.

The mass destiny initiative is part of a new Covid winter plan announced today by the Prime Minister.

It is expected to cost £ 7 billion, bringing the total bill for NHS Test and Trace to £ 22 billion this year.

Ministers believe that mass testing could play a crucial role in helping society reopen in the coming months.

Plans are also being made to develop so-called "freedom passes" that allow people to participate in events such as live theater and sports games.

However, these will probably only be available in the new year.

In the short term, the tests will mainly be used to bring the pandemic under control.

Bulk testing will be made available to all areas that fall under the "very high risk" category of the updated three-tier system that the PM will introduce today.

The mass destiny initiative is part of a new Covid winter plan that is expected to cost £ 7 billion. That brings the total bill for NHS Test and Trace to £ 22 billion this year

The mass destiny initiative is part of a new Covid winter plan that is expected to cost £ 7 billion. That brings the total bill for NHS Test and Trace to £ 22 billion this year

According to sources, studies in Liverpool had shown the tests were effective in detecting cases in people with no symptoms, breaking the chain of transmission, and reducing the number of cases faster.

Weekly tests are also made available to those in high-risk occupations including prisons and food processing plants.

Teams of people who will deliver the new vaccines in the coming months can also be tested regularly.

Tests have already started twice a week in the NHS to identify asymptomatic cases and prevent outbreaks in hospitals.

The number of tests in nursing homes will be doubled from weekly to twice a week starting next month. Nursing home residents are offered weekly tests, not once a month.

Universities are also offered testing capacity to test students who are planning to travel home to their families for Christmas

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