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Don't re-imprison the UK, advocate business leaders, MPs and medics


Business leaders, activists and MPs yesterday evening asked Boris Johnson to oppose a devastating new lockdown.

They warned that doing so would wreak economic carnage and destroy thousands of businesses. It came when scientists said up to 85,000 could die in a second wave of the virus.

When Emmanuel Macron announced a new national lockdown for France, the FTSE 100 plummeted to its lowest point in six months as the threat of tougher curbs sent shock waves across the city.

Business leaders, activists and MPs yesterday evening asked Boris Johnson to oppose a devastating new lockdown

Julian Metcalfe, founder of Pret and Itsu, said another lockdown was "impossible," adding, "Society will not recover if we do it again to save a few thousand lives of the very old or vulnerable. "

“The young people in this country will pay for it for the next 20 to 30 years. It’s terrible what’s happening. Just because France is doing this with its socialist government doesn't mean we have to do it. & # 39;

When a new alliance of scientific experts warned of an "increasingly panicky" response to the pandemic that could postpone vital treatment for other conditions, scientists increased pressure for a circuit breaker-style shutdown or even a return to full national curbs .

Julian Metcalfe, the founder of Pret and Itsu, pictured with Ms. Brooke De Ocampo, said another lockdown was "impossible".

Julian Metcalfe, the founder of Pret and Itsu, pictured with Ms. Brooke De Ocampo, said another lockdown was "impossible".

On a dramatic day:

  • Mr Macron announced a second national lockdown for at least all of November.
  • Germany announced a four-week closure of restaurants, bars and theaters;
  • Another 310 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in the UK, but the daily number of cases fell from week to week for the first time in a month.
  • It found that up to 10 percent of the population could be tested for coronavirus every week after government officials asked local health chiefs to insert 30-minute saliva kits.
  • Numbers show fewer than 20 people under the age of 40 have died from coronavirus since the second wave began;
  • NHS chiefs said hospitals in some parts of England were treating more Covid-19 patients than at the height of the pandemic;
  • A cabinet minister warned the government was ready to prevent large family gatherings at Christmas, while a police chief advised families not to make plans.
  • According to a large study, up to 50,000 cancer cases had gone undiagnosed during the pandemic and it could take the NHS two years to recover.
  • Police said the public had a "civic duty" to notify neighbors and businesses that are openly violating virus restrictions.

A leaked document from the Sage Committee revealed yesterday that ministers had been directed to prepare in a second wave for a "worst-case scenario" of 85,000 deaths this winter, with 500 deaths per day for at least three months and more than 300,000 people were hospitalized.

Hotelier Sir Rocco Forte said a breaker would be an utter disaster that would bankrupt the industry

Hotelier Sir Rocco Forte said a breaker would be an utter disaster that would bankrupt the industry

A government-commissioned study found that almost a million people in England are currently infected with coronavirus – and that the country is at a "critical point". Research from Imperial College London found that there were an estimated 96,000 new infections per day, cases doubling every nine days, and the national R-rate was up to 1.6.

It suggested the virus was spreading rapidly in the south of England and urgent action was needed to get it under control.

The mail was told that ministers are exploring the possibility of tightening tier three restrictions in many areas, including ordering the closure of restaurants.

More than a million people living in Nottinghamshire will have to immerse themselves in the strictest Tier 3 rules starting tomorrow. Tattoo salons, tanning and nail salons, piercing services, museums and galleries have to close.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly expressed his determination to avoid a return to the "nuclear deterrent" that Britain shut down this spring. However, fears grow that the pressure from Mr Johnson's scientific advisors will prove to be overwhelming if the cases continue to increase.

Charlie Mullins, the former Tory donor who runs Pimlico Plumbers, warned the country could not afford another lockdown

Charlie Mullins, the former Tory donor who runs Pimlico Plumbers, warned the country could not afford another lockdown

Last night's bosses warned caution. Josh Hardie, deputy director general of the CBI, said while public health comes first, "there can be no hiding the potentially devastating impact on businesses and individuals when Tier 3 is introduced nationally".

Hotelier Sir Rocco Forte added: “A circuit breaker would be a complete disaster. Industry is already at the door of death. It would bankrupt industry and bankrupt the government. & # 39;

Fears of further crippling lockdowns sparked price in global equity markets yesterday, dragging stocks of UK's largest companies to their lowest levels since April.

Yesterday, corporate groups and company bosses, along with Tory MPs in the North Seats, urged the Prime Minister to oppose calls to extend curbs by closing shops and restaurants, or to introduce a national lockdown on circuit breakers.

John O'Reilly, Managing Director of Rank Group, which owns 77 Mecca bingo halls and 51 Grosvenor casinos, said, “For hotel companies like ours, this is death by a thousand cuts. The long lockdown, local restrictions, the 10pm curfew and the renewed Tier 3 lockdowns are causing enormous economic damage to businesses. & # 39;

Roger Barker, director of policy at the Institute of Directors, said, “Full bans are a painful prospect for business. Fighting the virus is vital to the long-term health of the economy, but the challenges that Covid restrictions pose for many businesses are undeniable. & # 39;

Ian Cass, General Manager of Small Business Group, the Forum of Private Business, said, "If Tier Three were rolled out across England, many business owners would wonder if it would be better to close and go forever."

Charlie Mullins, the former Tory donor who runs Pimlico Plumbers, warned, "The government is not in the real world – they don't understand business and have to listen."

He added: “We cannot afford to have another national lockdown. The government got it all wrong – we can't keep trying to hide from the virus, we have to find a way to work with it. Boris lost his bottle and it's all an overreaction. & # 39;

Luke Johnson, former chairman of Pizza Express, said, "There is an obsessive manic focus on Covid cases and deaths, but not the collateral damage from lockdowns – business fails, unemployment and suicide rise, and heart problems and other treatments are left untreated.

“It is very easy for public sector workers, the wise men, civil servants, politicians and local government workers to commit arbitrarily because they will never personally have the chance of losing their jobs.

“If you have built a business for over 20 years, you risk your life, your soul and your home to see how your entire life's work and all that which have been destroyed work. It's a bleak experience. However, this is the prospect that more and more entrepreneurs are facing.

"It's really heartbreaking."

Environment Secretary George Eustice said it was "pointless to be locked in those parts of the country where the incidence of the disease is very low".

Environment Secretary George Eustice said it was "pointless to be locked in those parts of the country where the incidence of the disease is very low".

About 55 Tory MPs from the newly formed Northern Research Group wrote to the prime minister this week to request that he put in place an exit plan on how areas can remove restrictions. A senior figure in the group said last night that its members would "lose our s ** t" if ministers gave in to calls to shut down other businesses such as restaurants.

Downing Street last night insisted that the Prime Minister stick to his strategy of controlling the virus through local lockdowns. A spokesman said: "As a responsible government, we continue to prepare for a variety of scenarios, including the reasonable worst-case scenario."

Environment Secretary George Eustice said it was "pointless to be locked in those parts of the country where the incidence of the disease is very low".

However, he was unable to provide a timeframe for the likely duration of the tiered restrictions.

Mr Macron's decision yesterday evening to announce a new national lockdown in France will put the pressure on number 10.

The French President claimed that 400,000 people will die from coronavirus if the country does nothing to control a second wave of infections that will be "more deadly than the first".

The national measures will take effect from Friday morning through December 1 and are considered to be "more flexible" than the country's first lockdown, as all public services, schools and essential workplaces remain open.

But people on the streets still have to carry documents with them explaining why they left the house – this is under police control – and bars and restaurants are being closed.

Government-recognized reasons for leaving the home include buying essential goods, seeking medical help, or being given an hour of daily exercise.

Life satisfaction falls to the lowest level ever

A wave of desperation from Covid has gripped the country, official figures warned yesterday.

Life satisfaction was said to have dropped to its lowest level in September and October as infections increased and new curbs set in.

The well-being ratings collected by the Office for National Statistics since 2011 have always resulted in averages of well over seven out of ten points when the population is asked how happy they are and how valuable they feel for their lives.

The rating for 2018 was 7.8 out of ten, and even the turmoil during Brexit last year resulted in a score of 7.6.

In the past two months, however, life satisfaction has dropped to its worst level in history – 6.7 out of ten.

The ONS report found that one in five adults reported being depressed as of March. This is twice what it was before the pandemic.