Thousands of protesters gathered in London today to demonstrate against Covid lockdown rules as Londoners begin their lives under new Tier 2 restrictions.
The anti-mask protesters, flanked by police, held placards that read "Burn your mask" and "This is now tyranny".
The group calls for an end to social distancing and face masks, as well as a desire to stop any coronavirus vaccines.
Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers, 73, fined £ 10,000 for attending an earlier rally, stood with a megaphone beneath the crowd that had gathered on Oxford Street today.
The protesters sang, "Put your poison vaccine in the air," "Take off your masks," and "We're the 99%" as they walked down the street.
Some carried posters accusing the virus on the new 5G network, while others claimed the virus itself was a hoax.
The protest comes the day London became embroiled in Tier 2 lockdowns, which means Londoners are now banned from meeting anyone outside their household indoors and a maximum of six people outdoors.
Thousands of protesters gathered on Oxford Street today to protest against Covid lockdown rules as Londoners start their lives under new Tier 2 restrictions
The group calls for an end to social distancing and face masks, as well as a desire to stop any coronavirus vaccines
Many of those gathered wore signs that read “My body, my choice” – a slogan borrowed from the Pro-Choice movement
The protest comes the day London became embroiled in Tier 2 lockdowns, which means Londoners are now banned from meeting anyone outside their household indoors and a maximum of six people outdoors
73-year-old Piers Corbyn, previously fined £ 10,000 for attending a previous rally, stood with a megaphone among the crowd that had gathered in Oxford Street today
The protesters sang "Put your poison vaccine in your hands", "Take off your masks" and "We are the 99%" as they walked through the streets of London
Corbyn was among the protesters who had gathered in Oxford Street today when they carried placards with various slogans
Police officers wearing face masks arrested a man during the anti-lockdown rally as it reached Leicester Square in London today
Protesters made a detour to Rathbone Square to stand in front of Facebook's London headquarters, though it's not clear whether they were for or against the social media giant many blamed for spreading misinformation about pandemics.
The protest later stalled in Leicester Square in front of the Imax Theater, even though they had originally stated that they would be heading towards Downing Street.
Many of those gathered wore signs that read “My body, my choice” – a slogan borrowed from the Pro-Choice movement.
One of the organizers told a breakaway group outside Downing Street, "The flu has closed our country and destroyed our economy."
Mr Corbyn was present at a small protest against the new measures in Soho last night, during which some night owls were handcuffed away.
He said, “We're here to drink against the curfew. To oppose the bans, to oppose the job losses caused by bans, to oppose all of this. The whole lot should now be saved. & # 39;
It is because small groups are drinking coffee in the capital today and sticking to social distancing guidelines. More than half of England now live with increased restrictions on coronavirus.
Protesters gathered in Oxford Street today before marching through the capital after London was put on stage 2 lockdown
Anti-lockdown protesters huddled as they carried posters and signs to Hyde Park in London today in March
Protesters were attending the rally against vaccinations and coronavirus restrictions in Hyde Park when a woman held signs reading "Ask if the government will report now" and "Freedom of speech is our right, Covid-19 is a joke".
Regulations in the second stage of lockdown mean that people are not allowed to come into contact with anyone outside their household or support bubbles in any indoor area or socialize in a group of more than six people outside the household – not even in a garden.
Exercise classes and organized sports can still take place outdoors and are only allowed indoors if it is possible for people not to mingle with others they don't live with or with whom they don't share a support bubble, or for youth or disabled sports.
People can continue to travel to places or facilities that are open to work or access to education, but should try to reduce the number of trips whenever possible.
Small groups headed out for coffee and followed social distancing guidelines. Pictured: Three friends sit outside at a cafe in Richmond-upon-Thames
Exercise classes and organized sports can still take place outdoors under Tier 2 restrictions. Pictured: runners for fresh air along the Thames
More than half of England lives with heightened coronavirus restrictions. Pictured: Shoppers adhere to social distancing guidelines in Richmond-upon-Thames
Meanwhile, police were fighting to enforce coronavirus laws in London last night when they opposed both protesters and drinkers who refused to go home after being ripped from pubs and bars at 10 p.m.
Officers were seen handcuffing people after encountering an alarming lack of compliance a few hours before Covid restrictions tightened.
Boris Johnson yesterday thanked Mayor Sadiq Khan for working with the government to put the capital on higher alert – and urged Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to work together as well.
Mr Burnham opposes the Prime Minister's move to place the region in Tier 3 and instead advocates a nationwide lockdown, which has stalled negotiations with ministers.
But Mr Johnson took advantage of a press conference on Downing Street yesterday to warn that he is ready to unilaterally rise Greater Manchester. Sources suggest he could impose stricter measures as early as Monday.
The Lancashire heads of state and government have signed a contract with the government and joined Liverpool on the strictest level 3, which means that all pubs and restaurants must close unless they can serve food.
A runner walked alone when he drove down the Thames earlier today as Londoners got used to more restrictions in their daily lifestyle
Shoppers in Richmond-upon-Thames, west London, look carefree today despite the new restrictions now in place in the capital
More than 28 million people in England now live under the top two restrictions. Pictured: shoppers with face masks in Richmond-upon-Thames, West London
A group of five rowers went to the Thames earlier today when they were enjoying fresh air amid tighter new restrictions on the capital
When more than 28 million people in England lived below the top two levels:
- Mr Johnson said the UK is developing the capacity to produce millions of rapid turnaround tests for coronavirus that could produce results in just 15 minutes;
- The National Education Union rowed behind Sir Keir Starmer's call for a national breaker to fight infection.
- The Welsh Government should meet to discuss a breaker lockout and will announce all decisions on Monday.
- In the UK, 15,650 cases of coronavirus and 136 deaths were recorded on Friday.
- A senior scientist predicted the UK could have a million coronavirus tests a day by Christmas.
- The Prime Minister's attention briefly switched from the pandemic to warn of a no-deal Brexit as both London and Brussels intensified their tough talks.
At midnight last night, people in London, Essex, York, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, northeast Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield were ranked Tier 2.
In addition to complying with statewide restrictions – like the 6pm rule and the 10pm curfew – two households, including pubs and restaurants, will no longer be able to mix indoors.
The Londoners were spared the double blow last night of also bringing the city's transport system to a standstill after a rescue operation for TfL was launched at the eleventh hour after a day of high-stakes talks.
Piers Corbyn held up a finger as he spoke to police officers in Soho. The conversation seemed lively when the policeman held out a hand
Some in the capital were confused about being hit by new restrictions when data showed places like Devon, Oxford and Coventry had higher infection rates but were in the lowest Tier 1.
However, the capital's mayor, Mr Khan, said ministers are not going far enough, calling for a national shorting switch, also endorsed by Mr Burnham, who refused to give in to the prime minister's threats yesterday.
The Prime Minister warned Mr Burnham that he would impose Tier 3 measures on Greater Manchester if they failed to reach an agreement, as he warned of a "serious" situation.
From number 10, he said, “I cannot stress this enough: time is of the essence. Every day that goes by before action is taken means more people will be hospitalized, more people will end up in intensive care and, tragically, more people will die. & # 39;
In response, Mr Burnham and the Greater Manchester Council Chairs "did everything in our power to protect the health of our residents," saying that people and businesses need greater financial support before accepting the lockdown.
In a joint statement, they also suggested that Downing Street had delayed discussions, adding, "We can assure the Prime Minister that we are ready to meet at any time to find a way forward."
Scientists say up to a million Brits a day could be tested before Christmas
The UK could have a million coronavirus tests a day by Christmas with results in just 15 minutes, said a scientist working on the testing scheme.
The unnamed source announced that the government is buying new machines that can process 150,000 tests per day, tripling its current capacity of 300,000.
Regardless, pregnancy test trials that could produce results in just 15 minutes will begin at northern hotspots starting next week.
"It's going pretty well," the scientist told the Times. & # 39; They have really expanded their skills. By Christmas we'll have a million a day I think. That seems quite possible. & # 39;
Mr Johnson said at a # 10 press conference Friday that the new tests were "faster, easier and cheaper" and that work was being done to ensure they could be manufactured and sold in the UK.
Despite talks with Greater Manchester that ended in stalemate, an agreement was reached with the leaders of the Lancashire area, now home to 1.5 million people below Tier 3, to stem the "relentless surge" in cases in the North West.
The Labor Council presidents in Lancashire said they were forced to accept the measures. South Ribble's Paul Foster said they were "blackmailed" and Blackpool's Lynn Williams added they had "no option" to reach an agreement as they had received an additional £ 30 million in funding.
Pubs and bars across Lancashire will be closing unless they serve food and alcohol as part of a seated meal, and stricter socialization restrictions will also come into effect.
Indoors or in private gardens, as well as in most outdoor dining establishments, people cannot mix with others.
Casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers, betting shops, soft play areas and adult gaming centers will have to close, while the sale of car boots will also be banned.
However, the gyms remain open despite being closed in the Liverpool City area – the only other area subject to Tier 3 restrictions.
Yesterday, the UK recorded 15,650 cases of coronavirus and 136 more deaths as the country grappled with a second surge in the virus.
Sage said the reproduction number, or R-value of coronavirus transmission, rose to 1.3-1.5 for the whole of the UK.
The group also said the course of the pandemic hasn't changed over the past month, suggesting measures like the rule of six have no effect.
However, at the Downing Street press conference, England's scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said the R is not growing as fast as it would be without the measures people were chasing.
The prime minister said he would try to avoid a national lockdown but was under increasing pressure to impose a bypass switch.
Britain's largest teachers' union came up behind Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer on Friday calling for an urgent two-week breaker.
The Education Union (NEW) said the move, which will close secondary schools and colleges in England for two weeks at mid-term, is urgently needed to bolster testing and tracing infrastructure.
Kevin Courtney, Joint Secretary General of NEU, said, “Principals, teachers and school staff understand the educational implications, but we also understand that early action is essential when epidemics are exponential. If you take action now you can avoid further interference later. & # 39;
On Friday, numbers from the ONS showed that the highest rates of infection in England continue to be among young adults and secondary school students.
Mr Courtney added: “This shouldn't come as a surprise to either the Prime Minister or the Department of Education. Scientists have consistently told them that secondary school students are just as likely to transmit the virus as adults, and we warned them that because we are in the largest class sizes in Europe, we have crowded classrooms and corridors with no effective social distancing.
“Our classrooms are often poorly ventilated, which leads to airborne transmissions, and in many areas we also have overcrowded school transports with children mingling over the year group bubbles.
"These children live in families and are part of communities. Even if they themselves have few or no symptoms, they are still part of spreading the virus to others, including teachers and other school staff."
He added, "Such a breaker could allow the government to take control of the test, track and track system and reduce the number of cases to make the system work better."
Mr Starmer said a full two to three week shutdown could be scheduled over mid-term to minimize disruption, but warned that "sacrifices" would have to be made to get the virus back under control.
The growing calls come as a series of statistics released this afternoon showed that cases in England are still rising by up to 28,000 new infections per day for the first week of October, according to ONS estimates.
The dispute continued when people in Tier 2 or 3 areas in England, as well as the central belt of Scotland and across Northern Ireland, were banned from entering Wales on Friday at 6 p.m.
During the height of the crisis, TfL's revenues fell 95 percent as people were instructed to work from home and the number of visitors in carriages fell. It has increased slightly since the lockdown was initially relaxed after the first wave, but today Mr Khan said passenger numbers will not return to pre-pandemic levels in the near future
Subway and bus passengers are rising, but Mr Khan said passenger numbers will not return to pre-pandemic levels in the near future
Coronavirus-positive tests in London have increased dramatically since early September, but changes in recent weeks suggest the rate of increase is slowing, with a 37 percent increase in the seven days to October 7, compared to nearly double Increase of 84 percent in the third week of September
What are the three tires?
TIER 1 / MEDIUM
- You are not allowed to socialize in groups of more than 6 people inside or outside
- Certain companies need to ensure that customers only consume food and drink while seated and close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Companies and venues that sell groceries for consumption off-site can do so after 10:00 p.m. as long as it is a take-out service
- Places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
- Weddings and funerals can be held with restrictions on the number of participants
- Exercise classes and organized sports can continue to take place outdoors or indoors with rule 6
TIER 2 / HIGH
- You must not come in contact with anyone outside of your household or support bubbles indoors
- You are not allowed to socialize in a group of more than 6 people outdoors, not even in a garden
- Exercise classes and organized sports can still take place outdoors. These are only allowed indoors when it is possible for people not to mix with people they do not live with or with whom they do not share a support bubble, or when they practice youth or disabled sports
- You can still travel to venues or facilities that are open, work, or have access to education, but try to reduce the number of trips you make whenever possible
TIER 3 / VERY HIGH:
- You must not come into contact with anyone indoors or in a private garden with whom you do not live together or with whom you have formed a support bubble
- You are not allowed to socialize in a group of more than 6 people in an outdoor public area such as a park
- Pubs and bars have to close and can only stay open where they function like a restaurant, which means extensive meals are served
- Places of worship remain open, but mixing in the household is not permitted
- Weddings (but not receptions) and funerals may limit the number of participants
- You should avoid staying in any other part of the UK if you live in a very high alert area
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