Boris Johnson held last-minute talks with key cabinet colleagues tonight as anger mounted over plans for further coronavirus lockdowns in the north of England, which are expected to be announced tomorrow.
Local guides in Liverpool said they had been told their city would be among those locked in third tier and that pubs, gyms and casinos among the businesses should be closed.
The prime minister is expected to speak in front of parliament tomorrow to unveil the new nationwide three-tier restriction system if cases continue to increase.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, who had previously made a call to officials in London, tweeted tonight to tell him that he had been told "no buts" to what would be imposed on his city and insisted: " We haven't agreed on anything. "
Much of the north faces a similar move before a new Downing Street tiered system is announced on Monday. The restrictions could last six months with monthly reviews.
Manchester politicians today made a final appeal to ministers not to close all pubs and restaurants in the city and instead empower them to close only those that do not comply with coronavirus safety restrictions.
Liverpool had the second highest rate of infection in England in the 14 days leading up to October 4, with 4,593 confirmed cases (928.2 per 100,000 people).
The neighboring borough of Knowsley had the worst rate with 1,412 cases and an infection rate of 944.
Downing Street sources said a decision has not yet been made as to where a tier three system should be applied.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson tweeted tonight: "We haven't made an agreement, we've been told this is what the government is up to with no buts. Myself and all the CA executives and @MetroMayorSteve have not accepted anything, what we have tried to get financial support to protect our businesses and our region. & # 39;
Revelers are leaving the pubs in Liverpool city center this evening after they close, enjoying the final weekend before COVID restrictions will force the pubs and bars in the area
LIVERPOOL: The night owls pack into Church Street on Saturday evening – the city is expected to be embroiled in strict tier-three measures tomorrow
LIVERPOOL: A trio of women walk the streets with jugs of alcohol after wasting time last night
MANCHESTER: The guests enjoy a meal on Sunday before new action for the north of England
Young people in Manchester have a drink on Sunday before the government announces on Monday
Customers at the Bar & Grill restaurant in Manchester on Sunday ahead of a government announcement on Monday
People outside the Revolucion de Cuba bar in Manchester on Sunday
When mayors in the north threatened to take legal action over "oppressive" bans imposed from London:
- The UK recorded 12,872 new Covid cases – just 9% more than last Sunday – and 65 deaths.
- Researchers found that Covid-19 can survive for a month on surfaces like banknotes and phone screens.
- London could be protected from the worst of a second wave because one in eight people has antibodies;
- City hall chiefs are given the power to use volunteers to knock on doors and ask people to self-isolate.
- Union leaders in the north demanded more cash from the government to support the lockdown and called the new vacation program "inadequate".
- Doctors have warned that face masks, both inside and out, should be mandatory to help contain the spread of infection.
- The BCG vaccine was given to 1,000 people in an Exeter University study to test claims that it helps fight Covid by stimulating the immune system.
- School children have been banned from singing Happy Birthday because they feared it could spread.
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock made a tasteless Covid test joke in the Commons bar as he joined MPs breaking curfew at 10 p.m.
- The restriction of the rule of six can be temporarily lifted by Chancellor Rishi Sunak during the festive period.
Manchester is also believed to be in the government's three-tier focus. Five city MPs today warned Mr Johnson of the "devastating effects" of company closings.
Not only would "jobs, livelihoods and businesses" be challenged, but more illegal gatherings would result, they said.
The letter was sent by Lucy Powell of Labor, Jeff Smith, Mike Kane, Afzal Khan, and Graham Stringer.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham noted a lack of government communication this morning, telling Times Radio, “To be invited to a meeting at 10 Downing Street on a Friday night for effective proposals to be agreed over the weekend I mean, that is not appropriate or acceptable advice for me.
'That is being put in a position. It all came too late. & # 39;
Mr Johnson's plans were also devastated by the chairman of Bolton Council, who warned they would destroy the economy in the north of England at a time when he was trying to "rebuild better," including in previous Red Wall Labor seats in 2019 parliamentary elections were occupied.
David Greenhalgh gave a brutal assessment of the BBC's plans for the BBC's Andrew Marr program this morning, saying, "My immediate reaction is that it is oppressive."
Another 32 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,471, NHS England said this afternoon.
Mr. Burnham, when asked on Times Radio what he would say to Ward Secretary Robert Jenrick, said, “Isn't it time for a big change here, a complete reversal of what we have seen so far?
Community Secretary Robert Jenrick today insisted that the government work closely with local leaders before new coronavirus measures are put in place
About 65 more people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 – almost twice as many as last week
& # 39; Localize the response to this crisis, but critical, as Joe (Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool) said, introduce an aid package and an economic package to help the north of England.
The surge in Brits being treated with Covid in hospital is partly due to catching it in the wards, figures show
The surge in Britons being treated with coronavirus in hospital is partly due to catching it in the wards, the latest numbers available show.
The number of hospital cases rose from 2,396 to 3,660 between September 30 and October 7, an increase of 52 percent.
However, separate statistics show that nearly one in five with the virus in the hospital tested positive for seven days or more after admission – meaning it was caught there.
The results suggest that Covid-19 hospital stays caused by outbreaks in the community may not increase as quickly as some fear.
According to health officials, the increase in approvals was greatest in North West England.
However, the total number of virus patients in UK hospitals is still a fraction of the April high of 19,849.
“I would tell him, do we get up here or do we get down? Which is it?
“If you proceed with this financial package, I believe it will result in breaking what the government announced when it was elected.
"If they continue like this, jobs will be lost, businesses will collapse, and the fragile economies of the north will be destroyed."
"The government has a real choice here, if it continues on the path I believe it is on, this government's central so-called mission to upgrade will be over."
Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said to Marr, “It's really hard to explain how angry the people of the north of England are about what has happened not just in the last few months but also in the last few days. I haven't felt such anger at the government since I was a kid in the 1980s.
"People feel that not only have they been abandoned by the government, but that the government is now actively working against us."
Mr Jenrick today insisted that the government work closely with local leaders before new coronavirus measures are put in place.
He told Sky News & # 39; Sophy Ridge on Sunday: & # 39; We spent the weekend working with these local executives.
“I spoke to executives from Merseyside, Greeter Manchester and other parts of the country all weekend.
“We try to work very closely with mayors, council presidents and executives to shape these measures with them. This will need time.
"We want good communication between national and local governments before we announce how we're going to do this."
Mr. Greenhalgh also targeted the new Job Support Scheme (JSS) that Rishi Sunak unveiled on Friday, warning that anything but support at the level of the original vacation program would send companies "on the wall".
He added, "We can't do better to backtrack after we've lost some of those businesses."
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.
Prime Minister will detail a new three-tier restriction system, with measures to force pubs and restaurants to close in the north of England and to ban millions of people from indoor and outdoor mixing
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.
The restriction of the rule of six can be temporarily lifted by the Chancellor during the festive period
The “Rule of Six” restriction to social mixing could be temporarily lifted at Christmas so that family groups of up to 12 people can enjoy the festive season.
If approved, the limit on gatherings of more than six people on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day would double to allow for intergenerational celebrations.
The temporary total of 12 was chosen because two groups of grandparents and parents, three children and an aunt or uncle could meet without breaking the law.
These two days were suggested because families usually spend most of their time indoors – and are interested in escaping outside on Boxing Day.
Economic Secretary Alok Sharma is considered to be the cabinet's leading supporter of the plan – provided Covid infection rates were largely kept under control by mid-December.
The temporary lifting is seen as a better option than the alternative plan, which requires families to be isolated a fortnight before Christmas so they can congregate on the day.
The plan for Rule 12 is hatched as Tory MPs become increasingly restless about Rule 6 and the 10 p.m. curfew.
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.
Mr. Greenhalgh added, “We have submitted our proposals as Greater Manchester leaders … that we are against a lockdown as we understand it, at Level 3, which is the total lockdown on hospitality.
"Our position is very clear that we feel we need to apply additional restrictions, but those that protect those who are most vulnerable and vulnerable to the virus, but those who will not continue to adversely affect our local businesses and businesses affect the economy. "
Real estate consultant Altus Group has indicated that there are 7,171 pubs in restricted areas in the north of England that are at risk of temporary closure.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday that workers in companies forced to close due to the new restrictions will have the government pay two-thirds of their wages under the JSS.
But it's less generous than the vacation program that ends October 31st.
When asked about Mr. Sunak's JSS revision that was revealed Friday, Mr. Greenhalgh added that anything less generous than the original vacation was "frankly unacceptable."
"Unfortunately, many of these companies will go under," he said.
“There is no better way to back up when we've lost some of these businesses. Those big independent companies that people put their savings into are being lost.
“The north feels that it is being treated differently. We know our (Covid) rates are high, we don't underestimate that, but we have to find a way that … looks at the economy.
"We can't throw our local economy against the wall to kill them in the north."
The UK recorded an additional 12,872 coronavirus cases on Sunday, a nine percent increase from last Sunday's adjusted total due to the government's exceptional numbers.
The numbers mean a decrease of 2,294 cases compared to yesterday's daily value of 15,166. The Saturday death toll was 81-16 more than the 65 recorded today.
An empty looking Mathew Street in Liverpool, the newest area in Northern England to be affected by local restrictions preventing households from mixing
On Saturday, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's assistant chief physician, said "the seasons are against us" and the country is facing "headwinds" before the winter months.
In a statement, Prof. Van-Tam said that while the epidemic had "started again" in younger people in recent weeks, there was "clear evidence of a gradual spread to older age groups" in the hardest hit areas.
But he also said the UK has "much improved testing facilities" and "better treatments" which means "we know where it is and how to approach it".
Stressing the importance of following public health guidelines and minimizing contact with others, he added, "I know this is very difficult, but it is an unfortunate scientific fact that the virus is infected by humans lives who make social contact with each other. "
Every eighth Londoner is immune to coronavirus: up to 13% of the capital's residents now have Covid antibodies – while other regions only account for 1%
By William Cole for Mailonline
London could be protected from the worst second wave of coronavirus as one in eight people in the capital developed antibodies.
There is growing optimism that the number of cases in Britain's largest city is not rising rapidly, as a higher percentage of residents have become immune to the virus than any other region.
Current data from Public Health England show a prevalence of SARS-Cov-2 antibodies in blood donors of up to 13.4 percent.
The numbers from London contrast with the rest of the country, with the North East and Yorkshire having a prevalence of 3.9 percent and the South West region having a prevalence of 3.5 percent.
And in the northwest, which was largely locally locked last month, the prevalence in the latest numbers was 6.8 percent, suggesting that more people have produced antibodies due to the high rates of infection in the area.
The rate of antibodies in the population varies over time, and government advisors believe that up to 20 percent of the capital's residents could be immune to the virus, according to the Sunday Times.
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