Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson announced today that his eldest brother Bill sadly passed away with coronavirus the day after he was admitted to intensive care.
He tweeted: “Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone in the intensive care unit at Liverpool Hospital, my brother died at 10:45 am last night.
& # 39; We would like to thank the dedicated employees who risked their lives for us. Thank you for your messages of love and support. Let's stick together and support one another and win this fight. & # 39;
Politicians, celebrities and members of the public gathered around the 62-year-old mayor, who just lost another brother, Henry, to cancer five weeks ago.
Liverpool has one of the worst coronavirus rates in the country and is one of only two regions with the highest level of alert under Boris Johnson's targeted battle plan to suppress the virus.
Meanwhile, more than 28 million people in the whole district live under more stringent standards London among them jumped into the Tier 2 alert group last night, which prohibits households from meeting indoors.
The prime minister has so far resisted calls by Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and regional mayors for a nationwide lockdown.
But today, one of its senior backers and a senior government scientist joined in demands for a national breaker lockdown, amid dire warnings of 690 daily coronavirus deaths within 14 days.
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, "I've always thought it was better to get things done quickly and decisively than wait for the virus to grow, so I understand that."
He responded to remarks from government scientific adviser Sir John Bell who said he saw "very little opportunity to get over it without a breaker because the numbers are actually pretty mind-boggling".
In other developments:
- Police fought to enforce coronavirus laws in London last night when they opposed both protesters and drinkers who refused to go home.
- 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.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson (right) announced today that his eldest brother Bill (left) sadly passed away with coronavirus one day after he was admitted to intensive care
In the tweet, he also urged followers to watch a harrowing video recorded in the hospital's intensive care unit and urged people to distance themselves socially
Politicians, celebrities and members of the public gathered around the 62-year-old mayor, who just lost another brother Henry to cancer five weeks ago
Police were at Goodison Park football stadium today to prevent Everton and Liverpool fans from breaking coronavirus rules on the day of the Merseyside derby, which ended in a 2-2 draw
Bill Anderson was a past chairman of the Merseyside Merchant Navy Association, which today paid tribute to "Shipmate Unionist, Fighter."
Joe Anderson expressed condolences from MP David Lammy, Everton FC star Yannick Bolasie and Steve Rotherham, Mayor of Liverpool, among others.
Mr Anderson has been a vocal critic of the government for the past few days, calling the tier system a "mess" yesterday after Lancashire's Tier 3 appeared softer than Liverpool's.
He called for "immediate clarification on why Lancashire gyms are allowed to remain open" while Liverpool's had to close.
Under the draconian Tier 3 regulations, pubs and bars in the city had to close unless they could serve food.
Police were at Goodison Park football stadium today to prevent Everton and Liverpool fans from breaking coronavirus rules on the day of the Merseyside derby, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Mr. Anderson's announcement of Bill's death came as scientists from the Biostatistics division of the Medical Research Council at Cambridge University predicted hundreds more deaths over the next few weeks.
They presented Sage with an estimate that 47,000 people are infected every day in England.
While their modeling emphasizes that the "significant proportion" of cases are asymptomatic, it suggests that hundreds will die each day by the end of the month.
The report released this week said, "We expect the number of deaths per day on October 26 to be between 240 and 690."
Liverpool has one of the severest coronavirus rates in the country and is one of only two regions with the highest level of alert. Pictured: An empty Goodison Park stadium today as the Merseyside Derby started
Hours before the restrictions went into effect at midnight, London police fought to enforce coronavirus laws as they were challenged by both protesters and drinkers who refused to go home
Jeremy Hunt (left) and Sir John Bell (right) joined calls for a brief lockdown on the national circuit breaker today, amid dire warnings of 690 daily coronavirus deaths within 14 days
Yesterday the government announced 15,650 new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases, although the actual number is estimated to be much higher.
The Cambridge scientists point to Covid-19 hotspots like the Northwest and Northeast, where infections are estimated at 17,600 and 10,000 respectively. followed by London and the Midlands at 5,450 and 5,720.
Sir John, Regius professor of medicine at Oxford who advises the government, has resigned himself to supporting a breaker if the country is to get a grip on the surge in certain cases.
He told BBC Radio 4: "I can hardly find a way to get over it without a breaker as the numbers are actually pretty staggering in some parts of the country and I think it's going to be very hard to figure out. just bite the edges.
“I think every effort will be made to keep the schools open. If, at the end of the day, we take children out for two weeks, calm everything down and then ideally have to be embedded in a much stricter testing regime, we may have to do that. & # 39;
Union leader Sir Keir and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called for a nationwide lockdown and were supported yesterday by Britain's largest teachers' union, NEW.
But while yesterday the prime minister refused to rule out a national lockdown if cases got out of hand, he underscored his commitment to local action.
Speaking at a press conference on Downing Street, he said, “Some have argued that we should introduce national lockdown rather than targeted local action, and I disagree. The closure of businesses in Cornwall where the transfer is low will not disrupt the transfer in Manchester.
“Although I cannot rule out anything, if possible I would like to avoid another national lockdown with harmful health, economic and social effects. In addition to our local strategy, we have always worked to find other ways to suppress this virus. & # 39;
People in London, Essex, York, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, Northeast Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield woke up today with new Tier 2 restrictions.
Hours before the restrictions went into effect at midnight, London police fought to enforce coronavirus laws as challenged by both protesters and drinkers who refused to go home.
After being ripped from pubs and bars at 10pm, crowds flocked to the streets of Soho, where anti-lockdown protesters had gathered, including Piers Corbyn who said, "We're here to drink against curfew."
At around 10 p.m., protesters held up signs and gathered to protest the curfew and increasing restrictions
Police officers marched through Soho trying to break up illegal gatherings of more than six people in central London
A man was handcuffed and tied up in the back of a police car by police officers in Soho after the night turned into chaos when revelers were asked to go home
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.
Lancashire also joined Liverpool on the hardest level 3 where all pubs must close unless they can serve food.
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.
Under Tier 3 rules, pubs will be closed unless they serve food and alcohol as part of a sitting 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.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham continues to oppose government measures to raise his area to very high alarm levels and also advocates a breaker.
The PM yesterday warned Mr Burnham that he would unilaterally impose tier 3 restrictions on the Manchester area, with sources pointing out as early as Monday.
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."
Mr Hunt this morning called on both sides to end the public war of words and come to a private agreement.
He told BBC Radio 4, “I think right now it's more important to end this public war of words between local and national leaders because in a pandemic, the most important thing is a consistent message because that's what you really have to do. very important public health messages about social distancing.
Mr Burnham said there had been no meetings since Thursday morning and it was unclear whether talks with No. 10 would resume over the weekend.
"We can assure the Prime Minister that we are ready to meet at any time to find a way forward," Burnham and council presidents across the region said in a statement.
Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green called for an end to the "blame game" and a resumption of discussions in order to provide the region with an adequate package of support.
The Labor MP for Stretford and Urmston told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “The government did not offer that. There hasn't even been any discussion between the government and the Greater Manchester leaders in the past 24 hours.
"We need to have our local leaders at the table with the prime minister or his representatives to negotiate a deal today."
Downing Street said a discussion had been arranged for Sunday morning after a message was left on Mr Burnham on Saturday, but the mayor's warehouse flatly denied that a call had been planned.
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