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Coronavirus UK: Manchester and Lancashire could fall into the strictest Tier 3 lockdown


Greater Manchester and Lancashire could be the next regions to fall under the highest level of the government's new local coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Ministers, councilors and medical experts are expected to hold a "Gold Command" meeting today to discuss the shift of the Northwest Territories from Stage Two to Stage three.

With the three-tier Covid-19 alert system going into effect across England this morning, the Liverpool City area is currently the only area in the highest tier.

However, in a joint biosecurity meeting today, discussions are being held about whether Greater Manchester and Lancashire should also be classified as “very high” risk.

Andy Burnham, the Labor Mayor of Greater Manchester, said it was "disappointing" that the government was "putting pressure on the region" "without negotiating".

A shopper was walking down a nearly deserted street in Manchester city center yesterday ahead of today's meeting, which could be more restrictive of the Greater Manchester area

Andy Burnham, Labor Mayor of Greater Manchester, said it was "disappointing" that the government "put pressure on the region" "without negotiating".

Andy Burnham, the Labor Mayor of Greater Manchester, said it was "disappointing" that the government was "putting pressure on the region" "without negotiating".

He tweeted last night, “There is a danger that people will get confused so soon after the second stage is announced. Our view remains unchanged: Unfunded restrictions are unfair and cause real harm to lives, jobs and businesses. & # 39;

In other developments:

  • The UK recorded the highest daily death toll in four months. Another 143 people died within 28 days after testing positive for Covid-19 yesterday.
  • Mr Johnson suffered a major riot in the Tory backbench during the 10 p.m. curfew amid a growing backlash against government coronavirus restrictions.
  • Tory MP Chris Green, who represents Bolton West, resigned as a ministerial assistant over local restrictions, saying the "attempt at a cure is worse than the disease".
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was inevitable that the capital would pass a "trigger point" in the "next few days" to enter the higher tier 2 coronavirus restrictions.

A number 10 source said last night that high-level discussions needed to be held because they were "concerned" about Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

This is followed by the surprising announcement on Monday that the two regions have only been classified in the second row despite the high cases and hospital admissions.

The heaviest lockdown in both areas would close 3,100 pubs and 475 gyms, Sky News reported.

The signage is pictured outside the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West, which was set up at the Manchester Central Convention Complex yesterday during the pandemic to provide more hospital capacity

The signage is pictured outside the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West, which was set up at the Manchester Central Convention Complex yesterday during the pandemic to provide more hospital capacity

Scientists advising the government have calculated that breaking the breaker could save thousands of lives by the end of the year.

How England is currently collapsing in new Covid lockdown levels

ANIMAL THREE – VERY HIGH RISK

Liverpool City Region

Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, St. Helens, Sefton, Halton

TIER TWO – HIGH RISK

Cheshire

Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East

Greater Manchester

Manchester, Bolton, buried, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Salford, Rochdale, Oldham,

Warrington

Derbyshire

High Peak – the wards of Tintwistle, Padfield, Dinting, St. Johns – Old Glossop, Whitfield, Simmondley, Gamesley, Howard Town, Hadfield South, Hadfield North

Lancashire

Lancashire, Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley

West Yorkshire

Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, South Wakefield

Yorkshire

Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Sheffield

Northeast

Newcastle, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham, Northumberland

Tees Valley

Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Hartlepool

West Midlands

Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Walsall

Leicester

Leicester, Oadby and Wigston

Nottingham

Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City

TIER ONE – MEDIUM RISK

Rest of england

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces calls for an additional fortnight in nationwide curbs to be put in place to control the coronavirus resurgence.

Downing Street is believed to keep the idea on the table after Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said a two- to three-week national lockdown during the October halftime was required to turn a "sleepwalk into a long and bleak one." Winter ”.

A paper by members of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) has reportedly calculated that more than 7,000 lives could be saved if schools were closed and people had to stay home for two weeks from October 24th.

The Times said the modeling indicated that coronavirus deaths could drop from 19,900 to 12,100 for the remainder of the year, with hospital admissions to drop from 132,400 to 66,500.

If schools and businesses stayed open, the death toll could drop to 15,600.

The paper, due to be released today, was written by Professor Graham Medley and other members of the Government Modeling Pandemic Influenza Scientific Group known as SPI-M.

You should note that there are "no good epidemiological reasons to delay the break".

It comes after Sir Keir used a televised press conference to warn that Mr Johnson is "no longer following scientific advice" by proposing "far less stringent restrictions" than suggested by Sage.

On Monday, it emerged that three weeks ago the prime minister rejected a recommendation for a “breaker” from Sage and instead opted for the less drastic three-stage local alert levels.

As part of the measures that go into effect today, all areas of England will be divided into different categories of medium, high or very high risk.

At the middle level, the current national restrictions are maintained, households are not allowed to mix indoors in high-risk areas, and at the third level, stricter restrictions apply, including the closure of pubs – unless they can be operated as a restaurant.

Sir Keir told reporters yesterday: “There is no more time to give the Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt. The government's plan just isn't working. Another course is required. & # 39;

He said schools must remain open but that all pubs, bars and restaurants should be closed during the breaker while companies are being compensated so that "no business loses" to break the infection cycle.

“If we don't do this, we could sleep into a long and bleak winter. This decision must now be made by the Prime Minister. I ask him to, ”said Sir Keir.

He's likely going to get to the point when interviewing Mr Johnson at PMQs in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson left 10 Downing Street for a Cabinet meeting yesterday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson left 10 Downing Street for a Cabinet meeting yesterday

Bars opened their doors in Liverpool last night before new local lockdown measures were put in place

Bars opened their doors in Liverpool last night before new local lockdown measures were put in place

Liberal Democratic leader Sir Ed Davey said his party also backed a breaker, warning that "otherwise the cost of living, livelihood and jobs in our communities may be too high to bear".

And Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, told Times Radio he was also considering "brief, sharp intervention" – but there remained "some very practical things we all have to ponder".

In Northern Ireland, the Stormont executive is considering a four-week lockdown, which is not as widespread as the one imposed in March.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said England's tiered system would "give an idea" of a similar system it is developing that could come into effect if tighter measures are to be relaxed on October 25th.

Northern Ireland faces tightened Covid restrictions for four weeks

Northern Ireland faces tightening coronavirus restrictions after executive ministers agreed to close schools, pubs and restaurants.

It is anticipated that pubs and restaurants, with the exception of food stalls, will be closed for four weeks, while schools will be closed for two weeks, one of which covers the halftime break on Halloween.

The measures do not represent a full lockdown similar to that imposed during the first wave of the virus, but the measures nonetheless mark a significant increase in the administration's response to the rising infection rates.

First Minister Arlene Foster (pictured in Stormont on October 8) pledged to stand by companies and individuals affected by new measures

First Minister Arlene Foster (pictured in Stormont on October 8) pledged to stand by companies and individuals affected by new measures

It is assumed that retail stores, as well as churches and gyms, will remain open for individual training.

The restrictions were agreed after a stop-start meeting of the Stormont executive that lasted through midnight into Wednesday morning.

A formal announcement is expected to be made in a special session of the Assembly in Belfast today.

It is expected that most sporting activities will be restricted to top athletes for the four weeks. The current restrictions on domestic mixing are expected to remain unchanged.

This would not mean mixing of households in private homes, except for those who have banded together in social bubbles, and gatherings in the gardens of private homes limited to six people from no more than two households.

The hospitality branch closure is expected to go into effect this Friday. The other measures would be introduced from next Monday.

A sign asking people to wash their hands outside Queen & # 39; s University in Belfast last week

A sign asking people to wash their hands outside Queen & # 39; s University in Belfast last week

After the late executive meeting, Deputy First Minister Michelle O & # 39; Neill tweeted: “The executive has carefully considered the next steps.

"We know it is difficult to do and that people will be concerned about their livelihoods, but we will do everything we can to ensure that there are safeguards for businesses, workers and families."

Previously, First Minister Arlene Foster had praised during a break from the sometimes tense discussions that she would stand by companies and individuals affected by new measures.

The DUP leader who will make the announcement in the gathering insisted that closing the country was not an option.

"For those who will be affected by the restrictions we have agreed upon, we will stand by and help and support you financially as best we can," she said.

A woman walks past a face on display at newsagents in Belfast. PA photo. Picture date: Monday October 5, 2020. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney / PA Wire

A woman walks past a face mask at Innisfree Newsagents in Belfast last week

Ms. Foster said it was "critical" that "long-term" school closings be avoided.

Another seven deaths from Covid-19 and another 863 cases were reported by the Ministry of Health yesterday.

6,286 new positive cases of the virus have been detected in the past seven days, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 21,898.

As of Tuesday there were 150 patients in hospitals with Covid-19, 23 of them in intensive care.

In the Derry and Strabane Council region, the rate of infection is highest in the UK and Ireland, with a 7-day average of 970 cases per 100,000 people.

The area is already subject to additional local restrictions.

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