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Coronavirus UK: Sir Keir Starmer says lockdown should start NOW


Sir Keir Starmer called for a second national lockdown tonight, to begin immediately, when the Labor Party demanded justification for calling for a "breaker" two weeks ago.

The Labor leader also said his party would back the government in a vote on a new lockdown across England to be held in the House of Commons next week.

He welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to plunge the country into a second shutdown, but told reporters tonight that it should have happened "weeks ago".

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he was "angry" that the government had "hesitated and delayed" and said its "indecision will have unimaginable consequences" for "life and livelihood."

And Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey called the Tory government “a complete mess,” tweeted, “The tremors and delays have cost them jobs and lives. PM needs to make sure that people get the support through this lockdown that need them – and start working on a UK plan for Christmas. & # 39;

It comes as the Prime Minister announced tonight that England would be plunged into a second shutdown set to go into effect from midnight Thursday through December 2nd.

P.People have to stay at home unless for specific reasons, e.g. B. to the supermarket or schools, while pubs, restaurants, entertainment venues and non-essential stores close.

Childcare, early years facilities, schools, colleges and universities remain open, and Mr Johnson holds a # 10 press conference: "We cannot allow this virus to harm our children's future any more than it has before."

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the vacation program ending today will be extended for another month with the Treasury Department covering 80 percent of workers' wages to prevent further unemployment.

However, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham reacted angrily. The government had refused to grant the subsidy to the region while fighting for Tier 3 measures.

Mr Burnham said, "When we asked you to do this for the worst paid people in the north, you refused," adding, "The people here will remember." Liverpool Area Mayor Steve Rotheram added, "Now we know for a fact that the government believes that workers in the north are worth 13 percent less than those in the south."

As England prepares for a second national ban:

  • The UK recorded 326 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 and 21,915 laboratory confirmed cases.
  • The National Education Union called for schools and colleges to be closed as part of the lockdown.
  • The health minister said the government could only have predicted the need for a second "crystal ball" lockdown.
  • The SAGE advisor warned Covid-19 of turmoil in all age groups, and hospitals are at risk of being overrun.
  • The number of virus patients in the hospital has doubled in the past 14 days, with 10,708 patients treated.
  • According to the ONS, 50,000 people were infected with Covid-19 every day. 274 deaths were reported yesterday.
  • A survey by the anti-lockdown group Recovery found that more than 70 percent of people were more concerned about the effects of the lockdown than they were about catching Covid.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer also announced that his party will back the Conservative government in a vote on a new lockdown across England due next week in the House of Commons

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted tonight that he was "angry" that the government had "hesitated and delayed again".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted tonight that he was "angry" that the government had "hesitated and delayed again".

Boris Johnson effectively brought the country back to first place when he launched a new month-long lockdown to avoid "medical and moral disaster". He ordered the public to stay home until December 2nd

Boris Johnson effectively brought the country back to first place when he launched a new month-long lockdown to avoid "medical and moral disaster". He ordered the public to stay home until December 2nd

Sir Keir told reporters tonight, “Everyone is concerned about the surge in infections, hospital admissions and the tragic number of deaths. That's why I asked for a break three weeks ago.

Important points about the COVID lockdown Mark 2

  • The restrictions start at midnight on Thursday morning and last until December 2nd.
  • People can only leave their home for certain reasons, such as: For example, to do important purchases, move around and work when they are unable to work from home.
  • Unnecessary stores are closed, although supermarkets do not have to close their aisles like in Wales.
  • Restaurants and bars will have to close unless they can provide takeout service.
  • Leisure centers, gyms, sports venues, hairdressers and beauty salons will have to close, although professional sports will continue.
  • Important companies that cannot work remotely, such as B. Construction companies should take safety precautions as before.
  • Places of worship can remain open for private prayers. Funerals are limited to close families only.
  • The vacation program will be extended during the blocking period and will not end tomorrow as originally planned.
  • Sports are allowed with no frequency limit, but organized sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – are not allowed.
  • When the lockdown expires, the Tiers system will be restored and questions remain about the metric used to determine whether restrictions can be lifted in areas.

The government only now completely refused to announce the same thing. Unfortunately now the delay will cost, the lockdown will be longer, it will be more difficult, and there will be human costs that will be very, very real.

"Well, there is no denying that these measures are necessary, and I'm glad the government finally made the decision it should have made weeks ago."

He indicated that Labor would support the government in a commons vote on the closure, describing the measures as "necessary" but warning of further delays.

When asked about the restrictions, which won't come into effect until Thursday, the Labor leader told reporters that they should be put in place "quickly". "The last thing we need is days before restrictions are put in place. If they are necessary, they are necessary now," he added.

Sir Keir added that it was unfair to trick the public into believing Christmas was "normal" and told reporters, "This lockdown will last until at least December 2nd, everyone has seen the numbers so I don't think it's fair. " To pretend that Christmas will literally be normal.

& # 39;I think we have to compete with the public in this regard.

In response to Press Conference No. 10, Mr. Khan accused the Prime Minister of "completely ignoring the expert scientific advice."

“Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus. So I and many others have asked the government to listen to SAGE and, weeks ago, put in place a short national breaker that could have saved lives and caused the least damage to our economy, ”the Mayor of London tweeted.

& # 39; The government's delay means the case numbers are now too high for a short, sharp breaker to take effect. This left the prime minister no choice but to introduce a longer national lockdown.

“It is imperative that the government not repeat its tremors when it comes to the additional economic support that is clearly needed now.

“Ministers have a unique responsibility to provide all public funds necessary to sustain our economies and support businesses and jobs during this time of tighter restrictions. The Chancellor urgently needs to get up and say that he will do whatever it takes for as long as it is necessary. & # 39;

In his statement on the new lockdown measures in England, Mr. Khan added: "The Prime Minister has done the right thing in extending the vacation program, which should end tomorrow – but he must immediately confirm that it will be 80 percent wages for everyone who needs it.

Mr. Khan accused the Prime Minister of "completely ignoring the expert scientific advice". “Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus. So I and many others have asked the government to listen to SAGE and, weeks ago, put in place a short national breaker that could have saved lives and done the least amount of damage to our economy, ”he tweeted

Mr. Khan accused the Prime Minister of "completely ignoring the expert scientific advice". “Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus. So I and many others have asked the government to listen to SAGE and, weeks ago, put in place a short national breaker that could have saved lives and done the least amount of damage to our economy, ”he tweeted

Labor shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has blown the government's "inexcusable" "lack of clarity on support".

Labor shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has blown the government's "inexcusable" "lack of clarity on support".

“Government support must also include direct grants and loans to businesses in the sectors that are likely to be hardest hit in order to be available now.

“I would like to address all Londoners directly as your Mayor: Thank you very much for the enormous sacrifices you have made over the past seven months. You may disagree or dislike the latest government restrictions.

“However, we must all follow them. Please continue to follow public health restrictions and guidelines. We must act to protect one another.

Boris Johnson calls in the army to support Covid in "quick turnaround" tests for "entire cities" within a few days

Boris Johnson will call in the army to conduct "quick turnaround tests" that can test "entire cities" for Covid within a few days.

The Prime Minister made the announcement at a press conference on Downing Street tonight when he completely closed the nation again by December 2nd.

Government scientific advisors, in a paper filed at Downing St last month, endorsed Mr Johnson's £ 100 billion Moonshot operation, which tests 10 million people a day whether or not they have symptoms.

According to experts, population-wide tests can cut the reproduction rate of Covid-19 in half.

The UK's R-rate – the average number of people each Covid-19 patient will infect – is estimated at 1.5, which has led the Prime Minister to take new action tonight.

“I know it won't be easy, but history tells us that in times of crisis, Londoners always pull together. We have to make great collective sacrifices again now to prevent even greater suffering later. I will continue to work with the government to finally have a fully functional testing and tracing system and financial support that London needs. I promise you that our city will get through this together. & # 39;

Labour's shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has blown the government's "inexcusable" "lack of clarity on support".

She tweeted: "Tremors and delay have harmed public health. After the Prime Minister's speech, many will wonder how they will deal with it – from the self-employed to those with short contracts to those looking for work. & # 39;

Shadow Trade Secretary Ed Miliband criticized the Prime Minister's "terrible misjudgment" for "delaying so long".

He tweeted, "Now that businesses and workers are adequately supported, it is completely silent that the government is far less silent on self-employed support and grants for most businesses than it was when it was first locked."

Sir Keir had called for Britain to be pushed into a "breaker" as soon as possible on accusing the Prime Minister of losing control of the pandemic.

The Labor chief said a two- to three-week shutdown over half a period could be in place to minimize disruption, but warned that "sacrifices" would have to be made to get the virus back under control.

The prime minister effectively returned the country to first place tonight when he unveiled the new national lockdown to avoid "medical and moral disaster".

After weeks of insisting on adhering to local restrictions, he ended a humiliating U-turn by announcing blanket restrictions on England at a press conference with Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

Mr Johnson said the draconian measures, which will go into effect from midnight Thursday morning through December 2, are the only way to avert dire Sage predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter, well above the previous "reasonable worst case."

He said otherwise doctors would have to choose between rescuing Covid patients and those with other diseases.

The prime minister pointed out that the action was not the same as it was in March as key sectors of the economy would be ordered to stay open, but said he had no illusions about how difficult it would be.

He stated that the vacation program would be extended for the period instead of ending tomorrow as originally planned. He also declined to rule out extending the measures beyond the proposed end date. When asked whether there would be enough time, the Prime Minister said: “I hope so. We have every reason to believe that it will. & # 39;

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the extension of vacation payments for the month of closure, saying: “In the last eight months of this crisis, we have helped millions of people continue to care for their families. But now – along with many other countries around the world – we are facing a harsh winter.

“I've always said that if the situation develops, we will do everything. Now that the restrictions are tightening, we are taking steps to provide further financial assistance to protect jobs and businesses.

& # 39; These changes will be an important safety net for people across the UK.

"A devastating blow to industry": Business leaders despair of new restrictions, saying "it will be much harder to survive" – ​​urging government to correct tests to avoid a THIRD lockdown

By Tom Pyman for MailOnline

Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the UK Chamber of Commerce head said.

Industry leaders insist that it will now be "much harder" for companies to survive, even if the high-profile vacation program has been extended for another month, and have asked the government to correct tests to avoid a third lockdown.

After weeks of insisting on sticking to local restrictions, the prime minister ended a humiliating U-turn tonight by announcing blanket coronavirus restrictions in England at a press conference alongside medical and science chiefs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

The draconian measures, dubbed "Tier Four" on the government's sliding scale, go into effect Thursday morning at midnight after gloomy Sage models predicted the virus could kill 85,000 people this winter, well above the previous one "reasonable worst case".

The brutal pressure will cause non-essential shops in England to close by December 2nd, as well as bars and restaurants, despite the "absolutely devastating" impact on the already crippled hospitality sector.

Earlier this month it was found that the UK economy grew only 2.1 percent in August as the recovery from the effects of the pandemic stalled despite Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out program – up from that recorded in July Expansion of 6.4 percent.

The prime minister described the pandemic as "an ongoing struggle and balance that any government must strike between life and livelihood, and obviously life must come first".

He added, “I have no illusions about how difficult this will be for companies that have already endured such hardships this year and I'm really very sorry – and so we will be extending the vacation system through November.

& # 39; The vacation system was a success in the spring and supported people in companies at a critical time. We're not going to end it, we're going to extend the vacation until December. & # 39;

Adam Marshall, director general of British Chambers in Commerce, said today's market confidence was "badly hit by the unclear stop-start approach" adopted by governments across the UK during the pandemic.

He said: "Many companies are in a much weaker position right now than they were when the pandemic began, making it far more difficult to weather prolonged closings or demand restraints."

Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the head of the UK Chambers of Commerce said

Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the head of the UK Chambers of Commerce said

The latest data released by the Office of National Statistics suggests that the UK's V-shaped recovery from the coronavirus crisis is slowing

The latest data released by the Office of National Statistics suggests that the UK's V-shaped recovery from the coronavirus crisis is slowing

Prime Minister insists that life must come before livelihood as shops, pubs and restaurants must close

The prime minister described the pandemic as "an ongoing struggle and balance that any government must strike between life and livelihood, and obviously life must come first".

But he told the press conference: "We have to watch out for the long-term economic effects of the measures we have to put in place at all times."

Defending the decision to go with the 'regional approach' first, Mr Johnson said, 'As in many other parts of this continent, we just saw an overall growth rate in the second wave and it made it absolutely important to go now act sparingly to protect our NHS and save lives. & # 39;

He added, "Yes, it is true that the course of the pandemic has changed and it is also right that the government is changing and modulating its response accordingly and I make absolutely no apologies for that."

"The temporary extension of the vacation program will bring short-term relief to many companies and is a response to Chambers' request that corporate support be commensurate with the level of restrictions imposed.

“The full financial support package for companies in difficulty, whether due to loss of demand or closure, needs to be clarified and communicated immediately.

“Employers, the self-employed and many companies and individuals who have not previously had access to government programs must be able to provide sustainable assistance.

“The government must not waste the time it has with another lockdown to enable mass testing and repair test and trace systems – which are key to a permanent public health and economy exit strategy.

& # 39; We will be carefully reviewing the details of the new restrictions and support in the coming days with Chamber Directors across the country.

"Business communities will judge them by whether they are clear and evidence-based – and whether companies can see when these restrictions may end."

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, added: “Lockdown is a decision for government, not business, and companies share the prime minister's ambition to defeat the virus. For many companies, a second national lockdown marks the beginning of a bleak winter.

& # 39; With the right support, companies will do everything possible to minimize the damage. Across the country, they have already shown how resilient they can be in the face of more stringent restrictions. And thanks to the tremendous efforts of companies to keep Covid's jobs safe, a greater part of the economy can now remain open.

“Extending your vacation is an important step. It will bring instant relief and protect jobs. It is also a breakthrough to hear government support for rapid mass testing. Affordable rapid tests are changing business and allowing more companies to stay open and operate normally. We have to use this blocking month to prepare and introduce mass tests as a national urgency.

& # 39; However, some sectors may need tailored support in the coming weeks.

“It is also clear that communication needs to be improved. Corporations cannot plan based on speculation. Formal corporate involvement in lockdown planning is now urgently needed, coupled with coordination with decentralized nations to minimize confusion and build trust. & # 39;

The Treasury Department announced tonight that in addition to expanding the vacation program, businesses that are closing in England can receive grants of up to £ 3,000 per month, while local authorities will receive £ 1.1 billion in one-off payments to businesses in England get their territories.

Adam Marshall, director general of British Chambers in Commerce, said today's market confidence was "badly hit by the unclear stop-start approach" adopted by governments across the UK during the pandemic

Adam Marshall, director general of British Chambers in Commerce, said today's market confidence was "badly hit by the unclear stop-start approach" adopted by governments across the UK during the pandemic

The Treasury Department confirms the grants available for companies that are forced to close

The Treasury Department announced that in addition to extending the vacation program, businesses that close in England can receive grants of up to £ 3,000 per month, while local authorities will receive £ 1.1 billion in one-off payments to businesses in their country Areas.

Homeowners can also take advantage of mortgage payment vacation that was supposed to end on Saturday but has been extended.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “In the last eight months of this crisis, we have helped millions of people continue to care for their families. But now – along with many other countries around the world – we are facing a harsh winter.

“I've always said that if the situation develops, we will do everything. Now that the restrictions are tightening, we are taking steps to provide further financial assistance to protect jobs and businesses. These changes will provide an important safety net for people across the UK. & # 39;

Homeowners can also take advantage of mortgage payment vacation that was supposed to end on Saturday but has been extended.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “In the last eight months of this crisis, we have helped millions of people continue to care for their families. But now – along with many other countries around the world – we are facing a harsh winter.

“I've always said that if the situation develops, we will do everything. Now that the restrictions are tightening, we are taking steps to provide further financial assistance to protect jobs and businesses. These changes will provide an important safety net for people across the UK. & # 39;

Non-essential businesses are among the companies that will be affected by the new lockdown.

Helen Dickinson, General Manager of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers are facing a nightmare before Christmas as the government proposes to close thousands of retail stores under this new national lockdown and allow customers to access many of their favorite stores and brands deny.

& # 39; It will do immeasurable damage to Main Street in the run-up to Christmas, cost countless jobs and hold back the recovery of the overall economy permanently, with minimal impact on virus transmission.

& # 39; A recent Sage paper reported that closing a non-essential retail store would have minimal impact on the transmission of Covid. This is thanks to the hundreds of millions of pounds retailers have spent keeping their businesses Covid-safe and secure for customers and colleagues.

& # 39; The announced closure will have a significant economic impact on the viability of thousands of stores and hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. The previous lockdown cost "non-essential" businesses £ 1.6 billion a week in lost sales. Now that we enter the important holiday season, these losses are sure to be much greater.

& # 39; We have no doubt that retailers abide by the rules and will do their part to keep the UK public safe and have access to the goods they need. However, the government must also do its part to help businesses that are about to close or the consequences for local retailers are dire. "

Andrew Goodacre, CEO of the British Independent Retailers & # 39; Association, said: & # 39; This second lockdown couldn't be a worse time for independent retailers as we approach the crucial holiday season. Christmas shopping has already started and is now being done online.

& # 39; Small retailers need help with this lockdown. The vacation program should be reintroduced, the all small business grant system reinstated and planning for a "shop-out-to-help" program to be available when shops reopen.

"We lost 25% of independent retailers after the last lockdown, and further lockdowns will decimate the sector without proper support."

Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “Today's announcement, however necessary, will inevitably put many small businesses before the bleakest winter and second deep recession in 12 months. There is an urgent need for clarity on how this will support small businesses and the self-employed.

& # 39; For the first wave of lockdown, the FSB encouraged the government to create financial support programs for businesses based on three principles – as generous as possible, as many as possible, and as soon as possible.

"We're going to need the government now to meet this level of ambition and to take into account the lessons learned earlier this year – a second wave support package to offset the effects of a second wave of restrictions." This will help the country's small businesses get through by spring and help drive the recovery. & # 39;

Non-essential businesses are among the companies that will be affected by the new lockdown

Non-essential businesses are among the companies that will be affected by the new lockdown

Pubs and restaurants are also closing as part of the new lockdown plans and the real ale campaign has called for further assistance while the doors are closed.

National Chairman Nik Antona said: “A second lockdown is a devastating blow to an industry that is currently on its knees.

& # 39; Pubs have already invested thousands to reopen Covid-safe environments, despite incomes falling sharply. Simply put, the new lock couldn't come at a worse time.

“The government needs to put in place a solid support package for all pubs and breweries – regardless of their current value.

“An extension of the holiday program is welcomed, but it does not go far enough.

"We need more details on how much support is being offered and a clear roadmap outside of the lockdown to ensure local jobs and businesses are not lost forever."

Emma McClarkin, General Manager of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “As a sector we are obviously devastated to have to close our pubs and fear for their future, but we recognize the situation and the spread of Covid-19 is serious.

Make no mistake, this could be the final straw for thousands of pubs and brewers. This will also create significant disruptions for our supply chain partners, whose companies are now also at high risk.

“The amount of financial support must be the same, if not higher, than what was planned for the first lockdown earlier this year. This means grants for all pubs sufficient to cover ongoing fixed costs and compensation grants for the UK brewers, which will also be permanently destroyed by the lockdown.

"The news of the full vacation program being extended for this embargo is welcome, but we are waiting for all the details and need a full support plan well beyond the embargo to save our major UK pubs and brewers."

A spokesperson for UKHospitality added: “The public health objectives are rightly the motive for the new measures and for this reason we fully support all appropriate measures required.

& # 39; The cost of a second hospitality lockdown will be even higher than the first, which will come after periods of forced closure, mass debt accumulation and then significantly lower trading due to the restrictions of recent weeks. The sector has been the hardest and first hit, and this recent shutdown will hurt for months and years to come. Extending vacation for another month helps protect our workforce during this difficult time.

“If the hospitality industry, the sector that is the third largest employer in our country, is to survive and contribute to economic recovery, it needs support equal to or greater than the initial ban.

& # 39; The hospitality industry has already reached its limits and many have already closed. For those who survived, viability is on the cutting edge, as is the future of tens of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs that depend on hospitality, including across the supply chain across the country.

& # 39; It's important for companies to be given a lifeline to survive the winter before they get support to enter a recovery phase in 2021 as the country's prospects improve. Having a clear roadmap outside of the lockdown and through the tiers will also be vital for organizations to plan their survival and secure hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“It's important to remember that some parts of hospitality, such as nightclubs, weren't even allowed to reopen. Support for those who, now that the potential reopening has been postponed further into the future, needs to be stepped up to ensure they are not lost forever. & # 39;

Ian Wright, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Food and Drink Federation, said, “The confirmation that the vacation program is being extended is extremely welcome news for food and beverage companies that continue to feed the nation.

'However, we need further clarity that the food supply chain is adequately supported.

'Without further confirmation, thousands of jobs will be threatened as companies consider closing their doors for good.

"The economic ramifications of this decision threaten disaster unless we see more details of a bailout in the next 72 hours."

Pubs and restaurants are closing under the new lockdown plans, and the real ale campaign has called for further assistance while the doors are closed

Pubs and restaurants are closing under the new lockdown plans, and the real ale campaign has called for further assistance while the doors are closed

Michael Kill, Executive Director of the Night Time Industries Association, said: & # 39; Today's announcement by the Prime Minister will put businesses in the night economy before a & # 39; financial Armageddon & # 39; face. It's the most terrifying of Halloween.

“It is terrifying to think that given the severity of the situation, we still have limited communication, advice, or time to respond to or plan for these decisions.

“The entire night economy, made up of thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of employees, is suffering.

& # 39; Their plight is made worse by the large gap in financial support to the sector.

"Many of our companies have experienced extreme financial difficulties, faced unmanageable operational measures and in some cases have had to close completely since March."

Elsewhere, Jace Tyrrell, executive director of the New West End Company, described the lockdown of non-essential travel and retail stores as "a true pre-Christmas nightmare for West End retailers."

The West End employs one in ten Londoners, and this year's run up to Christmas is just around the corner to "deliver some of the toughest trading seasons we've ever seen," he said.

Tyrrell added, “Many jobs have already been lost and many more are at risk unless trade levels rise or holidays resume.

& # 39; In addition to providing emergency aid to cover lost wages, the government must immediately announce that it will maintain essential support measures such as further relief on corporate rates after April next year.

"Retailers and the general public need reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel as ongoing uncertainty and stop-start measures undermine confidence and worsen an already disastrous situation."

Charlie Mullins, founder and chairman of Pimlico Plumbers, said, “With this final lockdown, the business community has been sold down the river by a government supposed to be on our side, and I thought to understand that the well-being of the nation depends on that Survival of the economy.

Charlie Mullins, founder and chairman of Pimlico Plumbers, said, "With this recent lockdown, the business community has been sold down the river by a government supposed to be on our side."

Charlie Mullins, founder and chairman of Pimlico Plumbers, said, "With this recent lockdown, the business community has been sold down the river by a government supposed to be on our side."

“Unfortunately, Boris has lost sight of these conservative basic principles and collapsed under the pressure of the job and the scientific voices whispering in his ear.

“He also looks like he's making livelihood policy in the south of England by imposing a national lockdown instead of adding a fourth tier to the worst parts of the country.

“The government is so desperate to gain favor in its newfound north that it is casting a web over all of us lest we be accused of favoring London and the south over areas where the virus is really out of control is.

"Boris should remember well where his constituency is."

Derek Cribb, Executive Director of IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and Self-Employed) said: “The government urgently needs to address the unfair inequality between support for workers and the self-employed.

“Currently the self-employed can only claim 40% of their income, compared to 80% for employees under the extended vacation program. This cannot be tolerated if we do a second national lockdown.

“It is crucial that the government also ensure that the self-employed income support system is extended to all self-employed. The gaps in support for the initial lockdown – such as the directors of the limited company and the newly self-employed – resulted in the largest decline in the number of self-employed ever recorded. Many thousands lost their freelance businesses and were driven onto Universal Credit.

& # 39; Now, the directors of the limited liability company and other foreclosed self-employed who have overcome their savings face financial problems if they are not helped with this second lockdown. The government urgently needs to increase and extend the amount paid through SEISS to support all 4.6 million self-employed in the UK. "

Stephen Phipson, Managing Director of Make UK, said: “The industry will accept this decision and continue to support national efforts as they have done since the crisis began. The fact that we now have more ventilators and medication in hospitals, PPE in nursing homes, and groceries on supermarket shelves is due to their great efforts.

& # 39; However, this Halloween is far from being a treat for manufacturers and there will be further ramifications for some industries that are already badly affected and may still need industry-specific support.

"Given that this could not have come at a worse time for jobs, Make UK welcomes the decision to extend the job retention system to 80% of salaries, which has so far been such an important role in protecting as many jobs as possible in played in our sector. " This crisis has had some time to rule. The government will continue to need a flexible and fast-paced policy approach to all sectors of the economy, not just those forced to shut down. & # 39;

The models that predict up to 4,000 coronavirus deaths per day from the second wave onwards – WORSE than SAGE's “reasonable worst-case scenario”

By Jack Wright for MailOnline

England's top health authority tonight unveiled somber graphs showing how all models of the second wave of the coronavirus predict the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst case scenario".

At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College.

They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted.

Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance spoke tonight at a press conference on Downing Street that there are now "around 50,000 new cases a day" in England.

Citing data from the Office for National Statistics, the Chief Medical Officer for England claimed the prevalence of this disease had increased extremely rapidly in recent weeks.

Prof. Whitty said the transmission rate "has been very flat due to the work of everyone in the country during the spring and summer" before claiming that NHS England hospital stays are now increasing "exponentially".

He said the number of people in hospital beds would top the peak of the first wave without further action, adding that the prevalence is increasing "in virtually all parts of the country" except possibly in the northeast, where more stringent measures are in place, and cases are not limited to any age group.

The Chief Medical Officer for England said, “Right now this is only getting close to the peak we had before in the North West, but it is increasing in every area. And if we don't do anything, the inevitable result is that those numbers will rise and eventually surpass the high we saw earlier this spring. & # 39;

Sir Patrick, the UK's main scientific adviser, then said that if cases continue to rise, "in terms of winter deaths, there is a potential for it to be twice or more worse than the first wave".

Most of SAGE's models predict and predict around 2,000 deaths from the virus every day in winter Hospital stays are expected to peak in mid-December, with deaths increasing until at least the end of December.

Meanwhile, a separate paper circulating in Whitehall warns that the NHS will not be able to admit more patients until Christmas, even if the Nightingale hospitals are in use.

This document, based on NHS England October 28 modeling, claims that the South West of England and the Midlands will be the first to run out of capacity in two weeks.

It comes as Mr Johnson announced tonight that England would be plunged into a second national shutdown that is scheduled to take effect from midnight Thursday through December 2nd.

P.People have to stay at home unless for specific reasons, e.g. For example, to go to school or college or to go to the supermarket while restaurants and non-essential shops are closed.

Childcare, early years facilities, schools, colleges and universities remain open and the Prime Minister explains to the press conference: "We cannot allow this virus to harm our children's future any more than it has before."

England's top health authority unveiled somber graphs showing how all models of the second wave coronavirus predict that the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst case scenario". At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College. They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted

England's top health authority unveiled somber graphs showing how all models of the second wave coronavirus predict that the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst case scenario". At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College. They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted

Another 326 deaths in the UK were reported today - almost twice as many as last Saturday. However, the infections, which can more accurately reflect the current situation, fell by five percent to 21,915 compared to the previous week

Another 326 deaths in the UK were reported today – almost twice as many as last Saturday. However, the infections, which can more accurately reflect the current situation, fell by five percent to 21,915 compared to the previous week

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's principal scientific adviser

Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief physician

England's top health authority tonight unveiled somber graphs showing how all models of the second wave of the coronavirus predict the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst case scenario".

Mr. Johnson said it would be a "medical and moral disaster, beyond raw death" if the NHS were overrun, claiming "the sheer weight of Covid demand would mean robbing tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people . " Non-Covid patients with the care they need. & # 39;

The prime minister described the pandemic as "an ongoing struggle and balance that any government must strike between life and livelihood, and obviously life must come first".

Important points about the COVID lockdown Mark 2

  • The restrictions start at midnight on Thursday morning and last until December 2nd.
  • People can only leave their home for certain reasons, such as: For example, to do important purchases, move around and work when they are unable to work from home.
  • Unnecessary stores are closed, although supermarkets do not have to close their aisles like in Wales.
  • Restaurants and bars are asked to close unless they can provide take-away service.
  • Companies that cannot work remotely, such as B. Construction companies should continue as before.
  • Sports are allowed with no frequency limit, but organized sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – are not allowed.
  • When the lockdown expires, the Tiers system will be restored and questions remain about the metric used to determine whether restrictions can be lifted in areas.

He added, "Yes, it is true that the course of the pandemic has changed and it is also right that the government is changing and modulating its response accordingly and I make absolutely no apologies for that."

Cabinet sources released news of the impending month-long shutdown of Mail last night after government scientists warned Mr Johnson that Covid-19 cases in the UK are accelerating faster than their worst-case scenario of 85,000 coronavirus deaths this winter 1,000 deaths per day through December.

Another 326 deaths in the UK were reported today – almost twice as many as last Saturday. However, the infections, which can more accurately reflect the current situation, fell by five percent to 21,915 compared to the previous week.

This week, papers from a SAGE committee meeting showed that scientists warned ministers two weeks ago that Britain could be in a more serious situation than its worst predictions.

The October 14 document, published online, claimed "We are violating the number of infections and hospital admissions in the" Reasonable Worst Case "planning scenario" before adding that the prospects for the future spread of Covid-19 were "worrying", if no action was taken it was taken.

According to briefings from consultants, they believe there is still time to save Christmas with at least a month's embargo that closes restaurants, pubs, and all but essential stores.

The experts estimate that in the UK there are 1,000 deaths per day and more than 85,000 deaths from coronavirus within a month. The SAGE papers from two weeks ago warned that the modeling suggests that up to 74,000 people could be infected per day in England alone, well beyond the worst-case scenario.

There is a delay of about three weeks between infections and deaths. The scientists told ministers that without further restrictions, the death toll will continue to rise exponentially and hospitals will be overwhelmed.

Daily coronavirus infections in England rose by 50 percent last week, according to the separate Bureau of National Statistics (ONS). It was estimated that nearly 52,000 people contracted the virus each day and one in 100 people in the country was infected with Covid-19 a week ago.

The weekly update is far lower than another government-funded study called REACT-1, which claimed that 96,000 new cases had emerged per day by October 25, bringing the current outbreak to first-wave levels.

Boris Johnson effectively put the country back in first place tonight when he unveiled a dramatic new national month-long lockdown to avoid "medical and moral disaster" - and ordered the public to stay home

Boris Johnson effectively put the country back in first place tonight when he unveiled a dramatic new national month-long lockdown to avoid "medical and moral disaster" – and ordered the public to stay home

At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College

At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated that nearly 52,000 people contracted the virus every day, and one in 100 people in the country was infected with Covid-19 a week ago

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated that nearly 52,000 people contracted the virus every day, and one in 100 people in the country was infected with Covid-19 a week ago

Separate data from King & # 39; s College London predicted that around 32,000 cases occur daily in England and that infections are "steadily" increasing and "not getting out of hand".

Separate data from King & # 39; s College London predicted that around 32,000 cases occur daily in England and that infections are "steadily" increasing and "not getting out of hand".

However, yesterday, other researchers at King's College London predicted around 32,000 new symptomatic cases a day in England, claiming that infections are "steadily increasing" and "not getting out of hand".

"A devastating blow to industry": Business leaders despair of new restrictions, saying "it will be much harder to survive" – ​​urging government to correct tests to avoid a THIRD lockdown

Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the UK Chamber of Commerce head said.

Industry leaders insist that it will now be "much harder" for companies to survive, even if the high-profile vacation program has been extended for another month, and have asked the government to correct tests to avoid a third lockdown.

After weeks of insisting on sticking to local restrictions, the prime minister ended a humiliating U-turn tonight by announcing blanket coronavirus restrictions in England at a press conference alongside medical and science chiefs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

The draconian measures, dubbed "Tier Four" on the government's sliding scale, go into effect Thursday morning at midnight after gloomy Sage models predicted the virus could kill 85,000 people this winter, well above the previous one "reasonable worst case".

The brutal pressure will cause non-essential shops in England to close by December 2nd, as well as bars and restaurants, despite the "absolutely devastating" impact on the already crippled hospitality sector.

Earlier this month it was found that the UK economy grew only 2.1 percent in August as the recovery from the effects of the pandemic stalled despite Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out program – up from that recorded in July Expansion of 6.4 percent.

The competing predictions have created confusion about how bad the current rate of coronavirus infection is. Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist behind the king's study, said the spread of Covid-19 is currently "steady" and may even slow down in Scotland. The team estimated that cases in the UK would double once a month.

SAGE's worrying numbers lay behind the prime minister's decision to announce a new national lockdown after his scientific advisors told him it was the only way to save Christmas.

SAGE – the Emergency Scientific Advisory Group, made up of senior scientists and disease experts, presented its analysis to the government on October 14th.

They warned: “In England we are violating the number of infections and hospital admissions in the planning scenario“ Reasonable Worst Case ”, which is based on Covid's winter planning strategy.

"The daily death toll is now in line with the worst-case scenario, and it will almost certainly exceed that number within the next two weeks."

They added, "SPI-M-O fully agrees that the current outlook for the course of the epidemic matters unless there are widespread critical interventions or behavioral changes in the short term."

The SAGE scientists said that if the number of new infections declined in the “very near future”, the reasonable worst-case scenario “could only last three to four weeks”.

However, they warned that if the "R" rate stays above 1, the epidemic "will continue to deviate from the planning scenario."

The government-funded REACT study at Imperial College London predicted the R-rate had risen to 1.6 across England – the highest since the initial lockdown. It added that it could be as high as 2.8 in London.

When the R-rate is above 1, a breakout can grow exponentially. An R of 1.8 would mean that, on average, every 10 people infected would infect 28 other people.

SAGE's latest official R-rate estimates claimed the number had declined, ranging from 1.1 to 1.3 both nationally and in London. In both cases, there seems to be a consensus that the infection rate should stay above 1.

The committee had asked the government to follow in the footsteps of Germany and France by pulling into a full national shutdown "for at least a month" because they said the three-tier system had failed.

Experts claim the NHS could be overwhelmed "within a few weeks" without drastic measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, in a reiteration of the warnings issued in March to lock down the country.

Ministers fear that hospitals could fill up with rising coronavirus approvals. Without measures to stem the tide of cases, it would be "impossible" for the health sector to handle this in the coming weeks, the scientists said.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “Doctors and scientists agree that none of the current restrictions are enough to stop the virus from spreading.

“Without a change, the NHS would have been overwhelmed in weeks and it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to cope with the inevitable increase in care for people with Covid and non-Covid diseases during the winter months. There is absolutely no doubt that many of us would have seen loved ones die, suffer from long-term Covid symptoms, or suffer from other illnesses. & # 39;

Above are the Covid-19 infection rates in the London boroughs for the week ending October 24, according to official figures

Above are the Covid-19 infection rates in the London boroughs for the week ending October 24, according to official figures

Almost 20 NHS trusts in England are already treating more coronavirus patients than at the height of the first wave. This comes from official statistics, which suggest that hospitals across the country may run out of beds before Christmas

Almost 20 NHS trusts in England are already treating more coronavirus patients than at the height of the first wave. This comes from official statistics, which suggest that hospitals across the country may run out of beds before Christmas

The government's SAGE advisers released papers last night showing how they warned ministers two weeks ago that Britain could be in a more serious situation than its "worst case scenario".

The government's SAGE advisers released papers last night showing how they warned ministers two weeks ago that Britain could be in a more serious situation than its "worst case scenario".

"The only way to get things back to normal quickly is to get the virus under control as soon as possible."

Dr. Shaun Fitzgerald, visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Engineering at Cambridge University, added, “None of us want this at all. But there now seems to be no choice but to avoid thousands upon thousands dying, and the healthcare system is so overcrowded that even non-Covid patients are seriously affected. & # 39;

The news comes that the UK has registered more than a million laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began, according to government figures. And hospitals feel the pressure as cases increase.

Almost 11,000 people now live in hospitals across the UK – 978 of them with ventilators. And many hospitals are treating more patients than at the height of the first wave of the pandemic.

In September, the government's head of science warned the UK could face 50,000 new Covid-19 cases daily through mid-October, which could result in 200 deaths a day a month later. However, the government said an additional 326 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.

Figures released by the UK statistics agency on deaths with a mention of Covid-19 on the death certificate, as well as additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show that there are now 62,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the UK has given.

After weeks of insisting on sticking to local restrictions, the Prime Minister ended a humiliating U-turn tonight by announcing blanket coronavirus restrictions on England at a press conference after 6:30 p.m.

Due to the “absolutely devastating” impact on the already crippled hospitality sector, in England, bars and restaurants as well as shops that are not absolutely essential will be closed until December 2nd.

Households are not allowed to mix indoors during the period and travel within the UK is highly recommended. Unlike the lockdown in March, schools and universities are expected to remain open.

The announcement's meticulous choreography was ripped apart after leaks caused an overnight storm. Downing Street launched a hunt for the mole amid new evidence of cabinet divisions.

Mr Johnson had previously put down the demand for a "breaker" – a form already implemented in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and instead extolled the merits of its "tiered" system.

Data from King's College London's Covid Symptom Study app shows coronavirus cases in the UK have surged to more than 40,000 a day after a summer hiatus, but the team behind it claims they are "not getting out of hand are".

Data from King's College London's Covid Symptom Study app shows coronavirus cases in the UK have surged to more than 40,000 a day after a summer hiatus, but the team behind it claims they are "not getting out of hand are".

The north of England and the Midlands remain hardest hit by Covid-19, the King & # 39; s team predicts. Per-person infection rates are also high in Scotland, Wales, London and the university towns of southern England, including Bristol, Bournemouth, Exeter and Brighton

The north of England and the Midlands remain hardest hit by Covid-19, the King & # 39; s team predicts. Per-person infection rates are also high in Scotland, Wales, London and the university towns of southern England, including Bristol, Bournemouth, Exeter and Brighton

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