Coronavirus UK: Strict lockdown restrictions were announced on Monday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to issue a Commons statement on Monday setting out new restrictions on the coronavirus outbreak that became known tonight.

Mr. Johnson will take the opportunity to outline a new "tiered" approach to addressing local Covid situations.

His chief strategic advisor, Sir Edward Lister, wrote to MPs after meeting the leaders of the north on Friday.

In a letter posted online, Sir Edward stated that the "increasing incidence" of Covid in parts of the country means that it is "very likely" that certain local areas will face "further restrictions".

The letter added that the Prime Minister believed that local leaders "should help shape the package of measures in the areas most affected".

The government will discuss "tough decisions" with local leaders, the letter said.

It comes after the UK registered 13,864 new coronavirus cases and an additional 87 deaths in the past 24 hours as the second wave continues to spread across the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) is due to issue a Commons statement on Monday reportedly setting out new restrictions on the coronavirus outbreak

The Prime Minister will spend the weekend finalizing the local measures announced on Monday that could close pubs and restaurants across much of the north of England.

The Government's Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) met on Thursday afternoon when several members advocated pushing for tough national interventions, including a ban on household mixing.

They claimed the UK was in the same position as it was in early March – and a tougher lockdown was the only option.

However, it is believed Mr Johnson ruled out making national changes on Monday when he unveils his new approach to dealing with Covid-19 flare-ups.

The Prime Minister is expected to put in place a three tier system of lockdown measures to make the existing patchwork of restrictions more understandable.

Areas with relatively low infection rates are classified in the first tier, in which only national restrictions such as the "six rule" and the curfew for pubs and restaurants at 10 pm apply.

Tier 2 also includes bans on house calls and contact with other households indoors. Tier 3 options include a total hospitality closure, a ban on overnight stays, and the closure of venues such as movie theaters.

Parts of the north of England, including Manchester and Liverpool, could be included in the category immediately with the strictest restrictions, requiring pubs and restaurants to close their doors.

However, regional leaders have criticized the government for not properly consulting them on changes. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said he would "use all means" to challenge closings. "The government lost the dressing room and is now having to work very hard to get it back," he said on BBC Question Time.

Downing Street insisted that the government "worked closely with local leaders and local authorities throughout the pandemic". To ease tension, Sir Edward Lister, one of Mr Johnson's senior advisors, held talks with local mayors, including Mr Burnham, last night.

In a letter to MPs in the Northwest, Sir Edward wrote: “The increasing incidence in parts of the country means that it is very likely that certain local areas will face further local restrictions.

"It is clear to the Prime Minister that local leaders should be able to help shape the package of measures in the areas most affected."

It is anticipated that meetings with local executives will be held throughout the weekend to discuss the various measures in the Tier system and what measures the government deems appropriate for their areas. This week, Sage member Professor John Edmunds, a senior epidemiologist, urged ministers to immediately introduce a "severe" national lockdown.

He said, “I don't think we are holding the gun to the Prime Minister's head. The virus holds a gun to its head. & # 39;

Leading wise member Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said yesterday: “To keep control (there) from getting out of hand, action must be taken now. We are close to or at the events and decisions that we face in early March.

"The longer the decisions are delayed, the more difficult and draconian the measures are required to change the course of the epidemic curve."

In the latest UK coronavirus news:

  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a local vacation program that covers two-thirds of workers' paychecks up to £ 2,100 a month for workers forced to cease work due to coronavirus restrictions.
  • Coronavirus infection rates are up to seven times higher in student areas than local authorities in England, test data shows, and in Fallowfield, Manchester, 5 percent of people tested positive in the first week of October.
  • Office for National Statistics data showed the UK economy grew just 2.1 percent in August, much less than analysts forecast and well below the 6.4 percent expansion recorded in July.
  • A dispute has broken out over PHE and Professor Whitty has given MPs "shady" data claiming that the coronavirus is spreading widespread in pubs and cafes after only affecting around 160 premises nationwide.
  • Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds claimed that the Chancellor's employment promotion program forced companies to turn a coin about who stays and who goes because it is cheaper to employ a worker for the same hours.
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned the capital could face tighter restrictions as leafy Richmond becomes the hardest hit area. However, one report suggests that the city's R-rate is below 1.
  • Ministers are considering using a computer algorithm to create a "bespoke screening program" taking into account people's personal health and circumstances to determine whether they should be banned.
  • Former Tory Treasury Secretary Lord O & # 39; Neill called for "real decentralization" to improve the coronavirus response and a "bespoke" version of the vacation program.
  • Union leader Sir Keir Starmer, who wrote in the Daily Telegraph, said the government had "lost control of the virus" and urged ministers to "get a grip".

Two-thirds of the public would support the Scottish-style breaking of circuit breakers

An exclusive survey for MailOnline by Redfield & Wilton Strategies has strong support for a nationwide

An exclusive survey for MailOnline by Redfield & Wilton Strategies found strong support for a nationwide "brief sharp shock" of harsh restrictions

Almost two-thirds of the public would support a Scottish-style shutdown if Boris Johnson prepares to close pubs and restaurants in the north.

An exclusive survey for MailOnline has found strong support for a "brief sharp shock" of harsh restrictions across the country to break transmission chains.

Redfield & Wilton Strategies' research also uncovered widespread confusion and dissatisfaction with the currently complex local curbs.

Around a third of the birtons aren't sure they know the rules in their area, while half admit they didn't fully follow them.

Meanwhile, new coronavirus restrictions will be put in place in Bangor after a surge in cases, the Welsh government has announced.

As of 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, people are not allowed to enter or leave the area without a "reasonable excuse" and can only meet people they do not live with outdoors, it said.

The new restrictions apply to anyone who lives in the eight boroughs of Bangor City.

It is in response to a "significant increase in cases" of outbreaks that appear to be "closely related to young people and students," the Welsh government said.

The incident rate was around 400 cases per 100,000 people.

In a statement on Friday, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Unfortunately we have seen a large number of cases in Bangor, largely related to the socializing of people.

& # 39; We worked closely with the local government agency, North Wales Police and public health experts to assess the need for local restrictions.

“We all agree that targeted action needs to be taken in Bangor.

"We want to take a closer look at the general situation in Gwynedd tomorrow to decide whether we need to extend the local restrictions further across the county."

The new measures come after the Welsh government announced that children living under local lockdown restrictions in Wales will be allowed to travel outside their county lines for sports activities.

Currently, 15 counties are subject to restrictions prohibiting people from entering or leaving an area without an adequate excuse such as work or education.

Nearly 10,000 people had signed a petition asking children to travel to train with their clubs in their chosen sports.

A monitoring report released yesterday by Public Health England showed that only three locations across England had no spikes in their Covid-19 infection rates per person in the past week - Luton, Wolverhampton and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

A monitoring report released yesterday by Public Health England showed that only three locations across England had no spikes in their Covid-19 infection rates per person in the past week – Luton, Wolverhampton and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

According to government scientific advisors, the rate of coronavirus reproduction in the UK has decreased slightly. They say the current R value - the number of people each Covid-19 patient will infect - is between 1.2 and 1.5. This is slightly below last week's value of 1.3 and 1.

According to government scientific advisors, the rate of coronavirus reproduction in the UK has decreased slightly. They say the current R-value – the number of people each Covid-19 patient will infect – is between 1.2 and 1.5. This is slightly below last week's value of 1.3 and 1.


Covid-19 hospital admissions continue to increase. 491 newly infected patients will need NHS care on Wednesday – the latest daily figures are in England.

That's a 50 percent increase in one week (328 on Wednesday, September 30), but a slight decrease on Tuesday of that week (524). Almost three-quarters of all recordings are made in the Northwest, Northeast, Yorkshire and the Midlands, the data shows.

On Wednesday alone 286 of 491 hospital stays in the Northeast, Northwest and Yorkshire (58 percent).

That means nearly six out of ten patients were admitted in northern parts of the country, while 168 people were hospitalized with the virus in the southeast, southwest and London (34 percent of the total).

The Midlands recorded 81 more coronavirus cases and the east of England recorded 17. London was the first epicenter of the disease in the UK, which researchers believe allowed many Londoners to gain some immunity to it.

They suggest the capital is still reporting fewer cases, deaths and hospital admissions than most of the north because of this, despite being the UK's most densely populated city.

The Southeast and Southwest have also seen lower levels of transmission as Covid-19 is struggling to spread to rural areas – a trend seen around the world.

Higher levels of poverty, cramped living conditions, colder weather and more people working in the north could explain the higher rate, say scientists.

Speaking at the Welsh Government's coronavirus press conference, Drakeford said the rules would be changed to allow for the change.

But he warned that Covid-19 is "waking up for the winter" and said the government is working to "turn the tide" but only restrict freedoms when necessary.

He added, “Last week we changed the local restriction rules so that people who live alone and are single parents can create a temporary bubble with another household in their area to deal with loneliness and isolation.

"Now we intend to change the rules so that children can take part in organized sporting activities that take place outside their district boundaries."

Mr Drakeford said where local restrictions have persisted the longest – in parts of southeast Wales – there is evidence that Covid-19 is "gradually getting under control".

Blaenau Gwent has had more than 300 cases of the virus per 100,000 people, but that is now reduced to less than 100 cases per 100,000 people.

Mr Drakeford said the Welsh government had "actively explored the next steps" with local authorities in such areas but the pattern was not yet stable enough to lift the restrictions.

On Friday, Public Health Wales announced there had been an additional 766 cases of coronavirus and two deaths of people with the virus.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Wales to 29,028 and the number of deaths to 1,646.

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board confirmed that four of its hospitals are now affected by coronavirus.

At the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, 135 cases and 25 deaths have been linked to a Covid-19 outbreak.

There were 18 cases and four deaths related to an outbreak at the Prince Charles Hospital and 16 cases and one death related to one at the Princess of Wales Hospital.

Less than five cases of Covid-19 have been identified at Maesteg Hospital, where a ward has been closed to reduce the further spread of the virus.

Mr Drakeford previously wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking him to consider introducing travel restrictions to parts of England that are subject to local lockdowns, similar to Wales.

On Friday, Mr Drakeford said he had not yet received a response from Mr Johnson, but added there was "speculation" that travel restrictions might be introduced in high-incidence areas of England.

He told the press conference that he was willing to wait until Monday to hear about Mr Johnson's plans and see how far they go in protecting areas in the UK with low virus levels.

It will only take Rishi Sunak a few hours to reopen public spending with the introduction of a new vacation schedule for workers in pubs, restaurants and other businesses forced to close due to new restrictions.

In a move that will cost the Treasury Department billions, employees will receive two-thirds of their wages, all of which will be paid by taxpayers, in a dramatic expansion of the Job Support Scheme (JSS) due to go into effect in November.

The program is aimed at all companies that are legally forced to close new local lockdown measures that are to be introduced as part of a new traffic light system that is expected to be unveiled next week.

When the Chancellor tore up his winter economic plan, he also confirmed that he will increase cash grants for businesses forced to close their doors and increase payouts to a maximum of £ 3,000 per month, payable every two weeks, up from the previous maximum from £ 1,500 every three weeks.

The promise of new support for jobs comes as the government prepares to unveil its new three-tier strategy for local lockdowns next week.

Parts of the country ranked in the top tier are told that pubs, restaurants and cafes will have to close to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Mr. Sunak told reporters, "I hope this provides security and a safety net for people and businesses in the lead up to a potentially difficult winter."

The Chancellor denied that it was just a renamed vacation program that he did not want to expand because it was "fundamentally wrong" to keep people in jobs that only exist within the program.

He said, “This is a very different scheme than before. This is not a universal approach, but an extension of the job support program, especially for people in companies who are officially or legally required to close the company. In that sense it is very different.

“I've always said that we will adjust and develop our response as the health situation adjusts and evolves. That's what happened. I think that's pragmatic and right. & # 39;

However, the new spending announced by Mr Sunak will raise further concerns about pressure on public finances as borrowing is already pegged at over £ 300bn this year. The Bureau of National Statistics announced last month that public sector debt continues to surpass £ 2 trillion.

When asked how much the JSS program would cost now, a Treasury Department source said, "Hundreds of millions of pounds a month."

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