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Michael Gove says the four-week shutdown in November could be extended if Covid isn't addressed


Important points about the COVID lockdown Mark 2

  • The restrictions start at midnight on Thursday morning and last until December 2nd.
  • People can only leave their home for certain reasons, such as: For example, to do important purchases, move around and work when they are unable to work from home.
  • Unnecessary stores are closed, although supermarkets do not have to close their aisles like in Wales.
  • Restaurants and bars will have to close unless they can provide takeout service.
  • Traveling abroad is only allowed for "essential" reasons such as work. People can still return to the UK from abroad.
  • Leisure centers, gyms, sports venues, hairdressers and beauty salons will have to close, although professional sports will continue.
  • Important companies that cannot work remotely, such as B. Construction companies should take safety precautions as before.
  • Places of worship can remain open for private prayers. Funerals are limited to close families only.
  • The vacation program will be extended during the blocking period and will not end tomorrow as originally planned.
  • Sports are allowed with no frequency limit, but organized sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – are not allowed.
  • When the lockdown expires, the Tiers system will be restored and questions remain about the metric used to determine whether restrictions can be lifted in areas.

England could spend Christmas under a total lockdown if November's four-week shutdown can't handle the second wave of coronaviruses hit the nation, Michael Gove suggested today.

The Cabinet Office Minister let the specter of a gloomy December with closed pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops arise if the R-Rate does not drop enough, even though the closure is meant to save the festive season.

When he appeared on TV this morning, he defended Boris Johnson's decision last night to plunge England into a full lockdown, despite previously calling it a "nuclear option".

He said expert information showed that without him, the NHS would be "full" nationally in the first week of December, affecting not just Covid patients but all critically ill cases.

When he appeared on Sky News on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, he said the government would review the data in November and hoped the reinfection rate would be "cut significantly" by December 2nd.

When asked whether the national lockdown could be extended, he replied, "Yes."

He said: “We want to be in a position where we can – and I think we probably are – take an approach where we can reduce action at the national level and also at the regional level if we can reduce the infection rate lower sufficiently.

“Since the regional approach is an approach that we want to take whenever possible because we are realizing again that in the future it may be the case that if R is reduced below 1 and national restrictions are reduced in certain Areas showing a specific increase require specific regional measures. "

But he added, "We'll check on December 2nd, but we'll always depend on what the data shows."

Mr Gove said it would be "stupid" to predict what would happen to the pandemic in the next four weeks.

& # 39; With such a vicious virus and its ability to move so fast, it would be foolish to predict with absolute certainty what will happen in four weeks if, over the past two weeks, its rate, infectivity, and die Malignancy has grown, ”he said.

"So of course we will look at what to do, but we have a clear plan for the next four weeks (period) to support the economy and protect the NHS."

Mr Give defended Mr Johnson's U-turn by opposing and ordering a lockdown. He said this was based on data for the past two weeks.

And he said that without it, "the NHS will be full" by the first week of December, even for non-Covid patients.

CBI chief Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, who appeared on the same program, said the new lockdown was a "body blow" for companies and requested that they be allowed to open as much as possible.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer said this morning Labor would support lockdown restrictions in a vote on Wednesday. But he blew up the delay in launch and said when he requested a hiatus last month the death rate was 11 per day. "Now it's 326, so it's a human cost."

He said December 2nd would be "a review date, not an end date" unless the test and trace improved dramatically.

Last night, Mr Johnson was forced to reveal the new lockdown at a hastily arranged press conference yesterday after sources reported the plans to the Daily Mail hours after the Quad Committee meeting.

The measures will take effect from Thursday morning through December 2 at midnight and close all but important shops, restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and leisure centers.

The vacation program, which pays workers 80% of their wages, is extended by one month and travel outside the UK is only allowed for “work”.

Mr Johnson said this was the only way to stave off dire predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter that would force doctors to choose between saving Covid patients or those with other diseases.

& # 39; No prime minister in charge can ignore the message of these numbers. We have to be humble in the face of nature, ”he said.

As England prepares for a second national ban:

  • Some angry Tory MPs threatened to shoot down the prime minister's new closure in a crunch vote in the lower house.
  • Backbenchers accused Boris Johnson of being "thrown" into lockdown and compared Covid to "Suez";
  • Keir Starmer called for an immediate national lockdown as delaying until Thursday would cost lives;
  • Stunned hospitality bosses warned that new Covid-19 restrictions would mean the fate of the dying industry.
  • Johnson will be calling in the Army to support the introduction of "rapid tests" that will test "entire cities" in a matter of days
  • At the press conference, government advisors showed graphs showing how all models of the second wave of coronavirus predict the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst-case scenario"
  • The UK recorded 326 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 and 21,915 laboratory confirmed cases.
  • The National Education Union called for schools and colleges to be closed as part of the lockdown.
  • The health minister said the government could only have predicted the need for a second "crystal ball" lockdown.
  • The number of virus patients in the hospital has doubled in the past 14 days, with 10,708 patients treated.

When he appeared on Sky News on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, he was repeatedly pushed to see if the lockdown could be extended before the current December 2 deadline

Prime Minister Boris Johnson received hard facts about real people in hospital beds and the debate was practically over

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer said this morning Labor would support lockdown restrictions in a vote on Wednesday. But he blew up the delay in launch and said when he requested a hiatus last month the death rate was 11 per day. "Now it's 326, so it's a human cost."

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer said this morning Labor would support lockdown restrictions in a vote on Wednesday. But he blew up the delay in launch and said when he requested a hiatus last month the death rate was 11 per day. "Now it's 326, so it's a human cost."

Heat cards were presented at the press conference, showing that the infections are spreading to older age groups

Heat cards were presented at the press conference, showing that the infections are spreading to older age groups

"This could be Boris Johnson's Suez": Tory Civil War anti-lockdown Redwall MPs accuse Prime Minister of being "thrown" into the shutdown and threaten to vote against a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday

Angry anti-lockdown MPs from Tory accused Boris Johnson yesterday evening of plunging into an English-wide shutdown after No10 suspended its three-tier Covid-19 alert system.

Conservatives were outraged that plans to plunge the country into a second closure had leaked in Saturday's newspapers, including the Mail, ahead of the prime minister's announcement in parliament.

The Prime Minister's allies have suggested that ministers pushing for further closings – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Senior Secretary Michael Gove – had hoped to leak out the new measures to secure the new measures.

In a WhatsApp message, Mr Johnson wrote to MPs to apologize and reassure them that Downing Street had not informed journalists of the measures.

With MPs expected to vote on the measures on Wednesday, the prime minister will have to keep the back benches, a significant number of whom are very skeptical of restrictions, on the side.

But high-profile Tories are concerned about the new shutdown, which they believe will leave the already weak British economy in tatters and potentially tear the party apart.

Sir Robert Syms, an ex-Tory whip, suggested that No10 had not properly "checked" the progress of the three-tier system, where restrictions of varying severity apply to individual regions.

Desmond Swayne, the Conservative MP for New Forest West, described the move as "catastrophic" and accused cabinet ministers of acting like "headless chickens".

Lockdown skeptic Sir Graham Brady, Tory shop steward and chairman of the influential Backbenchers Committee from 1922, was silent after the press conference on No10's announcement.

If Downing Street can convince Sir Graham and Mr. Baker to back the measure, any Tory revolt in the House of Commons next Wednesday is likely to be minimal and easy to deal with.

Sir Robert tweeted, “I'm open to further action (but) we have a regional approach that we don't have time to work on. If we need to optimize it, let's measure what works and discard what doesn't. Right now the government is getting caught up in a change before we've checked progress. & # 39;

Mr. Swayne said, “Lockdowns make everyone poorer and poor people make poorer. I fear that more people will die sooner than they would have as a result of the decision.

"80,000 people die in a bad flu season, but we don't act like headless chickens."

Sir Charles Walker, vice chairman of the 1922 committee, told the BBC: “There has to be another way of doing this. If you want first world public services, you need a first world economy.

THREE CRUCIAL DAYS: HOW NUMBER 10 WAS BEGUN IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ENGLAND WIDE SHUTDOWN

Thursday October 29th

  • New study from Imperial College

A government-led study by Imperial College London is published which finds that nearly 100,000 people are infected with Covid-19 every day in the UK.

The REACT-1 project, which wiped tens of thousands of people each week, estimated that around 96,000 people were infected daily in England by October 25.

Older SAGE sources say it is "not too late to save Christmas" when a month-long lockdown is introduced.

They are calling for the closure of all pubs, restaurants and venues where households mix indoors.

  • France and Germany will be banned

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a second national lockdown by the end of November.

Mr Macron says the new measures will only allow people to leave the house for significant work-related or medical reasons as of Friday.

Non-essential businesses like restaurants and bars will be closed, but schools and factories will remain open.

He said the country risks "being overwhelmed by a second wave that will undoubtedly be more difficult than the first".

Chancellor Angela Merkel has also announced a less strict “Lockdown Lite”, which, however, includes the closure of restaurants, fitness studios and theaters.

Friday October 30th

  • SAGE papers show that PM was warned of a serious situation two weeks prior to press conference # 10

The posts will be published online from a SAGE meeting which revealed that advisors warned ministers on October 14th that the UK could be in a more serious situation than the scientists' worst case scenario.

They say "we are violating the number of infections and hospital admissions in the 'Reasonable Worst Case" planning scenario "and the outlook for the future spread of Covid-19 has been" worrying "if no action is taken.

The SAGE papers warn that, according to modeling, up to 74,000 people could be infected per day in England alone, well beyond the worst-case scenario.

  • England lockdown plans went to the mail

No10's plans to shut down England for at least a month are being passed on to the Daily Mail.

The mail learns that SAGE told ministers that Covid-19 is spreading "significantly" faster than even their original "worst-case scenario" prediction.

Downing Street is angry at reading details of the lockdown in the first editions of the Saturday newspapers, hours after Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Matt Hancock made the decision.

It forces Mr Johnson to bring the measure forward Monday through Saturday evening, though many details are still being finalized.

The leak means the shutdown was front page news before the rest of the cabinet was informed.

Saturday October 31st

  • Probe in a cupboard

PM apologized to Conservative MPs and informed them that he will be launching an investigation to find the "culprit" who released details of the new lockdown prior to announcing it.

Mr Johnson sends a message to Conservative MPs on WhatsApp to apologize and warn that there are "no easy short-term options". "Folks – I'm so sorry you heard about it in the papers today," he wrote in a message seen by the PA News Agency.

"Let me assure you that the leak wasn't briefing # 10 and we have actually opened an investigation to catch the culprit." I was hoping to make the announcement in Parliament on Monday, but to avoid further uncertainty, I will be holding a press conference on Downing Street tonight.

“My team will make sure that you have access to all the data and information from scientists you need in the coming days. Please speak to your whip when you have something to feed.

“I assure you that we will do what we think is best for the country and ensure that the NHS is not overwhelmed in a way that could cost many thousands of lives.

“There is a clear way out, with better drugs and rapid tests – and the real prospect of a vaccine. Our country will recover well. But I'm afraid there are no easy short-term options. Best Boris. & # 39;

A Tory MP said many MPs were upset that newspapers learned of the lockdown before the Commons announced it.

No10 hastily organized a press conference for the Saturday after the information was released, amid indignation that the newspapers should learn of the new measures through leaks or official selective briefings.

PM will hold a cabinet meeting at 1:30 p.m. to work out plans for a new shutdown across England.

Downing Street announces a press conference at 4 p.m. This is pushed back to 5pm and 6.30pm.

PM, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance finally have their press conference around 7pm.

Mr Gove defended the government's decision to introduce another national lockdown after its regional approach failed to control the spread of the coronavirus.

He told Sky that in early October it was "entirely possible" that with a regional approach, the government could "reconcile the need to fight the virus by keeping as much of the economy open as possible".

But he said the original projections on the spread of the coronavirus underestimated it.

& # 39; At the time our scientific and medical advisors were discussing the future spread of the virus, there were a number of people who were questioning this in good faith and in fact the situation was worse than any of us expected Action is therefore required now. & # 39;

Former chief scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport described the recent lockdown in England as "definitely" better late than never, but said there was "an obvious possibility" that these restrictions could last longer than the initial lockdown.

He told Sky's Sophy Ridge, “The lockdown isn't as severe as the first time. The only way to know is how fast the new cases are falling.

"As we know, there is a delay between the development of the case, hospitalization and the dire consequences of serious illness or death."

"It's unlikely to fall as fast as the first lockdown this time because we have schools open."

When asked if the new lockdown could last longer than it did last spring, Sir Mark said, "It's obviously a possibility, yes, and the only way to know it is to really count cases as accurately as possible."

The decision was made to effectively remove the next month from the calendar – "Lose November to save December," said one official.

A source from the Treasury said: “France and Germany make it harder for us. The fear was that France and Germany will no longer be blocked until Christmas and that the people there will celebrate Christmas happily if we have to be blocked. & # 39;

Sources said last night the government was effectively "thrown" into the national lockdown by press reports. One with knowledge of the quad meeting said: "The Prime Minister wasn't completely overwhelmed – he hesitated and said we need to think more about it."

A government source said, “Scientists want to lock us up forever. Matt Hancock and DH (Department of Health) keep saying, "More and more bans, the numbers are terrible."

To show that lessons were learned from the initial lockdown, schools, universities and kindergartens stayed open, giving parents more freedom in their work. And to counter the growing public outrage, the lockdown would end on December 2nd – to "save" the festive season.

However, the hawks gathered behind the Chancellor are suspicious that the date may slip if the death rate is still high at the end of November – and fear that a third lockdown could be imposed in January.

Ministers realized that Mr Johnson would face policy action after weeks of resistance after rejecting Sir Keir Starmer's request for a two-week lockdown nine days ago.

At the time, a government source described the Labor leader as a shameless opportunist playing political games in the midst of a global pandemic. He says he wants a national lockdown but refuses to vote for targeted restrictions in areas where they are most needed. & # 39;

It also represented a departure from Mr Johnson's coveted strategy of regional restrictions: to at least maintain the impression of continuity, it was agreed that regional disparities would return on December 2nd – but restrictions would be imposed as an incentive for "good behavior" in light of the the latest infection rates checked.

After the session ended, Mr Johnson decided to take the plans to the rest of the Cabinet yesterday during a phone call. The meeting was attended by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer of England, and Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser.

Ministers were shown evidence of rising infection rates across the country, and SPI-M, the forecasting group advising the government, predicted the NHS would exceed its bed capacity by Dec. 4 – even after the election process was abandoned – if none Action would be taken.

Modeling was also presented to the Cabinet showing that the southwest could be where the north is by November 27 in terms of infections.

The Prime Minister planned to make a statement in front of Parliament tomorrow setting out the measures and subject to debate and vote to appease the rebellious Conservatives.

In the end – thanks to a mysterious leak – most of them first found out about it in the Saturday newspapers.

Last night, the prime minister effectively put the country back in first place when he unveiled a dramatic new national month-long lockdown to avoid "medical and moral disaster" – and ordered the public to stay home.

After weeks of insisting on sticking to local restrictions, he ended a humiliating U-turn by announcing blanket coronavirus restrictions in England at a press conference with Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

Mr Johnson said the draconian measures, which will go into effect from midnight Thursday morning through December 2, are the only way to avert dire predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter, well above the previous "reasonable worst case", and the NHS had been flooded before Christmas.

He said otherwise doctors would have to choose between rescuing Covid patients and those with other diseases. "No prime minister in charge can ignore the message of these numbers," said Johnson. "We have to be humble towards nature."

Mr Johnson pointed out that the action would not be the same as March as key sectors of the economy would be ordered to stay open, but said he had no illusions about how difficult it would be.

He stated that the vacation program would be extended for the period instead of ending tomorrow as originally planned. This could add another £ 7 billion to the Treasury Department's spiraling mountain of debt.

Mr Johnson also declined to rule out extending the measures beyond the proposed end date. When asked whether there would be enough time, the Prime Minister said: “I hope so. We have every reason to believe that it will. But we are driven by science. & # 39;

Reviving the government mantra on the height of the lockdown, Mr Johnson urged the public, "Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives."

But he tried to send a slightly more upbeat message, hoping the severity of the pressure meant families had the chance to be together for Christmas. "I am confident that by spring we will feel completely different and better," he added.

Brute pressure, dubbed "Tier 4" on the government scale, will result in the closure of non-essential shops in England, as well as bars and restaurants, despite the "absolutely devastating" impact on the already crippled hospitality sector.

Households are not allowed to mix indoors during the period and people are advised not to leave the house and travel abroad unless there are unavoidable reasons, such as: B. Jobs that cannot be done remotely or they need to play sports.

However, unlike the lockdown in March, schools and universities remain open – despite unions warning that they are key to spreading.

If the rules expire in early December, the tiers system will be reapplied, raising questions about what metrics can be used to assess whether restrictions in an area can be relaxed.

West Yorkshire will not meet the highest Tier 3 restrictions as planned on Monday due to the new lockdown in England, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said.

The hotel industry warned of a disaster and millions of job losses following news of the crackdown, despite the government's pledges to pump in more money.

Many Tory backers are in an uproar, some even threaten to vote against the plan in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Party whips warned the admission of Tory MPs from the so-called "Red Wall" from traditional Labor seats in the north of England who led the opposition in 2019 that they "could kiss their careers goodbye" if they go against the government agree and & # 39; should pay attention to the D word – deselect & # 39 ;.

Former Tory Cabinet Secretary David Davis said the decision to have a second national lockdown is likely even bigger than the decision to go to war, and it is important that MPs get a "substantial vote" on Wednesday with the possibility of changing the application.

John Apter, Chairman of the Police Federation, also expressed concern, saying: “The way in which this announcement was made has been profoundly unhelpful. It created media hype, concern and speculation. What is important now is that there be no fuzzy lines or confusion around rules so that my colleagues can effectively monitor these restrictions. & # 39;

Commons spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle was also disappointed that the details were not given to MPs first.

Under the new restrictions, which will take effect from midnight on November 5th and apply until December 2nd:

Meanwhile, MPs were furious at the idea that the leak had made the government announce lockdown measures. One Tory said: “The leak has only helped those pushing for a national lockdown. But whoever it is hasn't done any favors with humans on either side of the argument. & # 39;

Another said Mr Johnson was "under immense pressure from the party's right … it will get worse after a Brexit deal – the right will not feel they need Boris anymore".

To appease MPs, the Prime Minister sent a WhatsApp message to those behind them saying he was so sorry you heard about it in the newspapers today.

In response to the allegation that he was responsible for the leak, an ally of Mr. Hancock replied, “Such allegations are not true. The Minister of Health is focused on managing a global pandemic and protecting life, not keeping journalists informed. & # 39;

The rebels, led by Tory MP Steve Baker, yesterday called on Mr Johnson to work out a clear plan to avoid further lockdowns, including improvements to testing and protecting the most vulnerable.

A senior Tory MP added: “I don't see what we're going to do with this. If people don't respect regional locks, why are they going to keep a national lock? "

Previously, Mr Johnson had rejected the request for a 'breaker', the form of which had already been implemented in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and instead extolled the merits of its 'tiered' system of local action.

But he sounded defiant yesterday, denied Labor's Sir Keir Starmer's allegations that his delay had cost lives, and said the policy was "right" before. "It is true that the course of the pandemic has changed," said Johnson.

Nicola Sturgeon made it clear that she did not intend to change her policy on the basis of the new regulations for England. She said, "We will base decisions here on circumstances – although what is happening across our line is clearly not irrelevant to our deliberations."

CBI chief Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said the new closure was a "body blow" for businesses and called for them to be allowed to open as much as possible

CBI chief Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said the new shutdown is a "body blow" for businesses and urged that they be allowed to open as much as possible

How are the locks different in the UK?

England

Starting Thursday, pubs, bars, restaurants, and non-essential retail stores will close through December 2, and people will be told to stay home unless they have a specific reason to go, but schools, colleges, and kindergartens will remain open .

People are allowed to do sports and socialize outside with their household or another person in public spaces, but not inside or in private gardens. They can travel to work when they cannot work from home.

Wales

All of Wales is currently on a 17-day "fire safety" lockdown that began on October 23rd and will last through November 9th.

People can only leave their homes for limited reasons and have to work from home whenever possible. Leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses, as well as community centers, libraries and recycling centers, are closed. Places of worship are closed except for funerals or wedding ceremonies.

Scotland

The majority of Scots will be placed in Level 3 of a new five-tier system as of Monday, the rest of the country in Level 1 or 2.

The central belt – including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, and Falkirk – is complemented by Dundee and Ayrshire in Level 3.

Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Fife, die Grenzen, Dumfries und Galloway, Argyll und Bute, Perth und Kinross und Angus werden in Level 2 sein.

Highland, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney und Shetland wurden als Level 1 bewertet.

Die Stufen 1, 2 und 3 sind weitgehend mit dem derzeit in England geltenden Tier-System vergleichbar.

Nicola Sturgeon entschied sich dagegen, North und South Lanarkshire in Level 4 zu versetzen – was einer vollständigen Sperrung entspricht.

Sie hat den Schotten gesagt, sie sollen nicht nach England reisen, es sei denn, dies dient "wesentlichen Zwecken".

Nordirland

Pubs und Restaurants waren ab dem 16. Oktober vier Wochen lang geschlossen, mit Ausnahme von Imbissbuden und Lieferungen. Die Schulen waren zwei Wochen lang geschlossen.

Einzelhandelsgeschäfte sowie Fitnessstudios für individuelles Training bleiben geöffnet.

Den Menschen wurde gesagt, sie sollten von zu Hause aus arbeiten, wenn sie dazu nicht in der Lage sind, und sie wurden aufgefordert, keine unnötigen Reisen zu unternehmen.

Überraschung! Gewerkschaften wollen die Schulen schließen

Großbritanniens größte Lehrergewerkschaft wurde gestern Abend als "Schande" eingestuft, nachdem sie gefordert hatte, dass Schulen und Hochschulen während der einmonatigen Sperrung geschlossen werden.

Boris Johnson kündigte früher an, dass die Schulen während der neuen Sperrfrist geöffnet bleiben würden, aber die National Education Union (NEU) sagte, sie seien "ein Motor für die Übertragung von Viren" und ein "Hauptverantwortlicher" für die Verbreitung von Covid-19.

Sie forderte die Regierung außerdem auf, den Sekundarschülern zu gestatten, ein Rota-Modell zu betreiben, bei dem die Schüler einen Teil der Zeit aus der Ferne unterrichtet werden, wenn die Sperrung am 2. Dezember endet.

Der führende Pädagoge Professor Alan Smithers von der Buckingham University sagte jedoch: „Die Schließung von Schulen in der ersten Sperrung hat sowohl das Lernen als auch die psychische Gesundheit von Kindern enorm beeinträchtigt. Glücklicherweise scheinen Kinder, die sich mit dem Virus infizieren, wenig davon betroffen zu sein, daher gibt es allen Grund, die Schulen offen zu halten. Die NEU ist äußerst vorsichtig und sieht das Gleichgewicht zwischen der Sicherheit der Menschen und dem Schutz der Zukunft junger Menschen sehr falsch. & # 39;

Chris McGovern, Vorsitzender der Kampagne für echte Bildung, sagte: „Die Kinder, die am meisten von der Sperrung betroffen sind, sind weniger privilegiert. Durch die Forderung nach Schulschließungen fördert die NEU effektiv die soziale Spaltung, was ziemlich schändlich ist. & # 39;

Die NEU wurde bereits früher in der Pandemie kritisiert, weil sie sich den Versuchen widersetzte, Kinder vor den Sommerferien wieder in die Klassenzimmer zu bringen.

Kevin Courtney, gemeinsamer Generalsekretär der Gewerkschaft, sagte gestern: „Aus ONS-Daten geht hervor, dass Schulen ein Motor für die Übertragung von Viren sind. Es wäre für die Regierung selbstzerstörerisch, eine nationale Sperrung zu verhängen und gleichzeitig die Rolle der Schulen als Hauptverursacher der Verbreitung des Virus zu ignorieren.

"Eine solche Sperrung würde der gesamten Gemeinde Schmerzen bereiten – aber nicht so effektiv sein, wie es sein könnte, wenn Schulen einbezogen würden."

Weitere 326 Todesfälle in Großbritannien wurden gemeldet – fast doppelt so viele wie am vergangenen Samstag. However, the infections, which can more accurately reflect the current situation, fell five percent from the previous week to 21,915, which is a possible sign that the increase may already be slowing.

Hawkish Conservative Backbenchers are in danger of revolting in parliament if the measures come to a vote on Wednesday – the first time MPs have curbs before their introduction.

Auf seiner Pressekonferenz bestand Herr Johnson darauf, dass die neue nationale Sperrung nicht mit der „vollständigen Sperrung“ des Frühlings identisch sei.

"Wir werden das durchstehen, aber wir müssen jetzt handeln, um den Anstieg dieses Herbstes einzudämmen", sagte er.

„Wir kehren nicht zur vollständigen Sperrung von März und April zurück. Die von mir beschriebenen Maßnahmen sind weniger restriktiv.

"Aber ich fürchte, ab Donnerstag ist die Grundbotschaft dieselbe: Bleib zu Hause, schütze den NHS und rette Leben."

Herr Johnson sagte, das Überlaufen des NHS sei eine "medizinische und moralische Katastrophe, die über den rohen Verlust von Leben hinausgeht".

Er sagte: „Ärzte und Krankenschwestern müssten sich entscheiden, welche Patienten behandelt werden sollen, wer Sauerstoff bekommt und wer nicht, wer lebt und wer stirbt.

„Ärzte und Krankenschwestern wären gezwungen, zwischen der Rettung von Covid-Patienten und Nicht-Covid-Patienten zu wählen.

"Das bloße Gewicht der Covid-Nachfrage würde bedeuten, Zehntausende, wenn nicht Hunderttausende, wenn nicht Millionen von Nicht-Covid-Patienten der Versorgung zu berauben, die sie benötigen."

Er fügte hinzu: "Das Risiko besteht darin, dass der NHS zum ersten Mal in unserem Leben nicht für uns da sein wird."

In einem Plädoyer für die Öffentlichkeit und die Tory-Abgeordneten, ihm zu vertrauen, sagte Herr Johnson: „Wir kennen die Kosten dieser Beschränkungen – die Auswirkungen auf Arbeitsplätze und Lebensgrundlagen sowie die psychische Gesundheit der Menschen. Niemand will diese Maßnahmen durchsetzen. & # 39;

Er dankte den Menschen, die sich mit lokalen Beschränkungen abgefunden hatten.

Aber er warnte: „Wir müssen demütig gegenüber der Natur sein… das Virus verbreitet sich noch schneller als das vernünftige Worst-Case-Szenario unserer wissenschaftlichen Berater.

"Wenn wir nicht handeln, könnten wir in diesem Land mehrere tausend Todesfälle pro Tag erleben – ein Höhepunkt der Sterblichkeit, leider größer als der, den wir im April gesehen haben."

Mr Johnson said that Christmas is likely to be 'very different' this year, but there still might be scope for families to spend it together.

'Christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different. But it's my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action now we can allow families across the country to be together,' he said.

Mr Johnson confirmed that the Westminster government was speaking to the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland about 'plans for Christmas and beyond'.

Saying education would be protected this time around, Mr Johnson said: 'We're not closing schools, it's very very important that we're keeping schools open.

'We want to keep going. People of course should work from home, and we want to minimise contact. That's the way to protect the NHS. I'm not gonna pretend to you that these judgments aren't incredibly difficult. We have to find the right balance.'

Prof Whitty said the number of people in NHS beds in England will exceed the peak of the first wave without further measures.

He said there was an increase in prevalence 'in virtually every part of the country', apart from possibly the North East where stricter measures are in place, and cases are not constrained to one age group.

Discussing NHS bed use in England, he said: 'Currently only in the North West is this coming close to the peak that we previously had, but it is increasing in every area.

'And if we do nothing, the inevitable result is these numbers will go up and they will eventually exceed the peak that we saw in the spring of this year.'

Prof Whitty dodged when pressed on whether he thought the government had acted too late.

'There is basically no perfect time and there are no good solutions, all the solutions are bad, and what we're trying to do is have the fewest – the least bad – set of solutions at a time which you actually achieve the kind of the balance that needs to be struck between all these things that ministers have to make decisions on.

'In terms of festivities, whether it's Christmas or any other religious tradition, we would have a much better chance of doing it with these measures than we would if these measures were not being taken today.

'I think let us see how this goes over the next few weeks.'

Earlier, Cabinet was presented with evidence from the SPI-M group that the NHS will exceed its normal and surge bed capacity by the first week in December unless action is taken. Ministers were told that would be the case even if elective operations were postponed or cancelled.

"A devastating blow to industry": Business leaders despair of new restrictions, saying "it will be much harder to survive" – ​​urging government to correct tests to avoid a THIRD lockdown

Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the UK Chamber of Commerce head said.

Industry leaders insist that it will now be "much harder" for companies to survive, even if the high-profile vacation program has been extended for another month, and have asked the government to correct tests to avoid a third lockdown.

After weeks insisting he is sticking to local restrictions, the PM completed a humiliating U-turn by announcing blanket coronavirus restrictions for England at a press conference alongside medical and science chiefs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

The draconian measures, dubbed "Tier Four" on the government's sliding scale, go into effect Thursday morning at midnight after gloomy Sage models predicted the virus could kill 85,000 people this winter, well above the previous one "reasonable worst case".

The brutal pressure will cause non-essential shops in England to close by December 2nd, as well as bars and restaurants, despite the "absolutely devastating" impact on the already crippled hospitality sector.

Earlier this month it was found that the UK economy grew only 2.1 percent in August as the recovery from the effects of the pandemic stalled despite Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out program – up from that recorded in July Expansion of 6.4 percent.

Cabinet was also warned that the growth is national, and while the prevalence in parts of the North was highest, the R was above the critical level of one everywhere.

The doubling time in the South East is now quicker than in the North West, and the South West could be in the same position as the North West by November 27.

Under the new restrictions, people will be told they can only leave home for specific reasons, such as to do essential shopping, for outdoor exercise, and for work if they are unable to work from home.

But the government is stressing that businesses that cannot operate remotely – such as construction – should continue as before.

International travel is set to be out of bounds if not for work purposes, and travel within the UK will be heavily discouraged.

Restaurants and bars will only be allowed to operate a takeaway service.

There is expected to be more government support for those businesses affected.

Sir Keir welcomed the national lockdown for England but said it should have happened 'weeks ago', warning that the delay will cost lives and cause restrictions to last for longer.

The Labour leader told reporters: 'Everybody is concerned about the rise in infections, the hospital admissions and tragically the number of deaths. That's why I asked for a break three weeks ago.

The government only now completely refused to announce the same thing.

'Alas the delay now will cost, the lockdown will be longer, it'll be harder and there's a human cost which will be very, very real.

"Well, there is no denying that these measures are necessary, and I'm glad the government finally made the decision it should have made weeks ago."

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) director general Adam Marshall said the new restrictions will be 'a devastating blow to business communities who have done everything in their power to adapt and operate safely''.

Who's the lockdown leaker? Pro-restriction Matt Hancock is at the centre of leak inquiry after PM had to reveal new rules two days earlier than planned

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was at the centre of an extraordinary Government leak inquiry last night after the Prime Minister was forced to announce the second national lockdown two days earlier than planned.

Downing Street officials were infuriated on Friday evening to read details of the lockdown in the first editions of the Saturday newspapers, just hours after the decision had been taken by the 'quad' of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Mr Hancock.

As a furious Mr Johnson announced an immediate leak inquiry, multiple Government sources sought to pin the blame on Mr Hancock by accusing him of trying to 'bump' the Prime Minister into announcing the lockdown before he could have second thoughts. The Health Secretary strenuously denied the claims.

It forced Mr Johnson to bring forward the announcement of the measure from Monday to yesterday, despite many details still being finalised.

The leak meant that the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the Cabinet had been told about the decision.

Yesterday, Downing Street announced a formal inquiry.

A senior Government source told The Mail on Sunday: 'There were four people in that meeting, plus trusted officials who never, ever betray confidences. You have to ask who would benefit from getting it all out there before the boss has the chance to row back.'

Business and market confidence have been hit hard by the unclear, stop-start approach taken by governments across the UK over the past eight months, with little end in sight. Many firms are in a much weaker position now than at the start of the pandemic, making it far more challenging to survive extended closures or demand restrictions,' he said.

"The temporary extension of the vacation program will bring short-term relief to many companies and is a response to Chambers' request that corporate support be commensurate with the level of restrictions imposed.

“The full financial support package for companies in difficulty, whether due to loss of demand or closure, needs to be clarified and communicated immediately.

Mr Johnson – who spoke to Sir Keir and Speaker Lindsay Hoyle before the announcement today – is set to make a statement to the Commons on Monday, before the crunch vote on Wednesday.

The careful choreography of the announcement was torn up after leaks overnight caused a storm, with Downing Street launching a hunt for the mole amid fresh evidence of Cabinet splits.

Mr Johnson worked out the changes in meetings with his core ministers who led the Covid response, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

But the plans descended into shambles after the shape of the proposals were leaked.

& # 39; The data is really bad. We are seeing the coronavirus increase across the country and hospitals are struggling to deal with it. Our position has changed, ”a government source told The Times.

Just yesterday, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab insisted that the government's battle plan for localized lockdowns was the right approach.

Scottish First Minister Ms Sturgeon said she would 'carefully consider the impact of today's announcement in England' but stressed 'we will continue to take decisions that reflect circumstances in Scotland'.

Boris Johnson calls in the army to support Covid in "quick turnaround" tests for "entire cities" within a few days

Boris Johnson will call in the army to conduct "quick turnaround tests" that can test "entire cities" for Covid within a few days.

The Prime Minister made the announcement at a press conference on Downing Street tonight when he completely closed the nation again by December 2nd.

Government scientific advisers have endorsed Mr Johnson's £100billion Operation Moonshot, which would see 10 million people tested a day regardless of whether they have symptoms, in a paper submitted to Downing St last month.

Population-wide testing has the ability to slash Covid-19's reproduction rate in half, the experts said.

'We expect to have further discussion in the coming days about the scope of additional financial support being made available,' she said.

'A crucial point for us is whether support on the scale announced for English businesses is available for Scottish businesses now or if we needed to impose further restrictions later — or if it is only available if Scotland has a full lockdown at the same time as a lockdown in England.'

She added: 'People across Scotland have faced significant restrictions since late September as we work to stop the increase in Covid cases across the country. Prevalence of the virus is currently lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK and there are some signs that those earlier restrictions may be starting to slow the rate of increase.'

Entertainment groups have warned of a 'huge void in financial support' after the Government announced the closure of venues as part of a month-long lockdown.

Pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail will close across England from Thursday, Boris Johnson announced during a briefing.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden subsequently confirmed that TV and film production would be able to continue during the lockdown period.

Mr Dowden said further details of how the lockdown would affect the arts and sports sectors would be announced in the coming days.

Writing on Twitter, he said: 'As the Prime Minister has just confirmed we will be taking additional restrictions from Thursday. We understand the anxiety & impact these will have, and will ensure they last not a day longer than necessary.

'The changes mean people should WFH where possible. But where this is not possible, travel to a place of work will be permitted – e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors, film & tv production, telecoms workers.

'We understand people will have a lot of questions and @DCMS officials & ministers will be working through these and detailed implications with sectors over the coming days.'

The Government is currently distributing a £1.57billion funding package to the arts, as well as further measures.

However, Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said the announcement left the sector facing 'financial armageddon'.

He said: 'The announcement from the Prime Minister today will leave night time economy businesses facing a 'financial armageddon'. It's the most terrifying of Halloween.

“It is terrifying to think that given the severity of the situation, we still have limited communication, advice, or time to respond to or plan for these decisions.

“The entire night economy, made up of thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of employees, is suffering.

& # 39; Their plight is made worse by the large gap in financial support to the sector.

"Many of our companies have experienced extreme financial difficulties, faced unmanageable operational measures and in some cases have had to close completely since March."

Mark Davyd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust, called on the Government to offer the live events industry further financial support.

He said: 'National lockdowns have been announced in France, Germany and the UK.

'In France, the government has announced it will cover 100 per cent of wages for people impacted by the required lockdown. In Germany, the government will cover 75 per cent of lost turnover.

'Across the country, grassroots music venues have been told to close from Thursday, but we have no similar commitment from the UK Government.

'We look forward to urgent details from ministers on the financial package that will protect businesses and livelihoods in this vital, world leading British industry.'

Percentage change in coronavirus cases across England for the week ended October 25: The five local authorities that have seen the highest increase in infection rates are: Kingston upon Hull City, 92.81 percent; Derby, 91.84 percent; North Somerset, 82.99 percent; Medway, 77.17 percent; and Bath and North East Somerset 69.72 percent

Percentage change in coronavirus cases across England for the week ended October 25: The five local authorities that have seen the highest increase in infection rates are: Kingston upon Hull City, 92.81 percent; Derby, 91.84 percent; North Somerset, 82.99 percent; Medway, 77.17 percent; and Bath and North East Somerset 69.72 percent

Michael Gove

Matt Hancock

The Prime Minister's allies have suggested that ministers who are pushing for further shutdowns – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and senior minister Michael Gove – had hoped to secure the new measures by leaking them

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated that nearly 52,000 people contracted the virus every day, and one in 100 people in the country was infected with Covid-19 a week ago

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated that nearly 52,000 people contracted the virus every day, and one in 100 people in the country was infected with Covid-19 a week ago

Separate data from King & # 39; s College London predicted that around 32,000 cases occur daily in England and that infections are "steadily" increasing and "not getting out of hand".

Separate data from King & # 39; s College London predicted that around 32,000 cases occur daily in England and that infections are "steadily" increasing and "not getting out of hand".

What you CAN and CAN'T do under new lockdown: Pubs, shops, restaurants, hairdressers and leisure centres will close – but construction sites stay OPEN

By Harry Howard for MailOnline

A new national ban across England means people will have to stay home unless there are specific reasons, such as B. going to school or college or the supermarket.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new measures at a press conference on Downing Street on Saturday.

He said the measures were necessary to avert dire predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter.

In the following, MailOnline describes the most important details of the new restrictions, according to which pubs, bars and restaurants have to be closed again.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new lockdown measures at a press conference on Downing Street on Saturday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new lockdown measures at a press conference on Downing Street on Saturday

When do the new rules come into force?

The new national lockdown runs from November 5th to December 2nd.

The lockdown will then be relaxed on a regional basis according to the latest coronavirus case data at that time.

Can i leave my home

Yes, but only for specific reasons like education, work when you can't work from home, and exercise that you can take as many times a day as you want.

Construction sites or production sites are examples of workplaces that employees still have to go to.

People can also leave their home to relax in their own household or alone with someone from another household (a “one plus one” rule).

Construction sites or manufacturing facilities are examples of jobs that employees have yet to go to, but in general, people are advised to work from home

Construction sites or manufacturing facilities are examples of jobs that employees have yet to go to, but in general, people are advised to work from home

Examples of recreation include meeting a friend in the park for a walk or sitting on a bench and having a sandwich.

People are not allowed to meet in houses and gardens, and golf clubs remain closed.

People can also leave the house to buy groceries and essentials, and to look after vulnerable people or volunteers.

Attending medical appointments is also permitted or may avoid injury or damage (e.g. for people suffering from domestic violence).

Support bladders stay in place and people can still meet in their bladder.

Children can move between their parents' homes when their parents are separated.

What will be closed?

Shops, leisure and entertainment options that are not absolutely necessary are closed.

Click and Collect can continue and important stores such as supermarkets remain open.

Bars, pubs and restaurants must remain closed, except for delivery or takeaway services.

Hairdressers and beauty salons are closed.

Bars, pubs and restaurants must remain closed, except for delivery or takeaway services

Bars, pubs and restaurants must remain closed, except for delivery or takeaway services

Recreational facilities such as gyms and entertainment venues are closed

Hairdressers and beauty salons are also closing, as with the first lockdown that began in March

Hairdressers and beauty salons are also closing, as with the first lockdown that began in March

What if the last time I shielded?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people over 60 and those who are clinically at risk are urged to be extra careful to follow the rules and minimize contact with others.

Anyone officially notified to shield and not go to work for the last time is advised not to go to work this time.

However, formal shielding, such as that held during the March and April lockdown – where people were told not to leave the house for any reason – is not being introduced.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people over 60 and those who are clinically at risk are urged to be extra careful to follow the rules and minimize contact with others

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people over 60 and those who are clinically at risk are urged to be extra careful to follow the rules and minimize contact with others

Should my children go to school or daycare? Can you go to a playground?

Yes, schools, colleges and universities remain open.

Day mothers and kindergartens remain open and childcare bubbles, in which, for example, a grandparent offers childcare while one parent works, can continue.

After school and sports clubs are closed until December 2nd.

Playgrounds and parks remain open.

Schools, colleges and universities remain open. Day mothers and kindergartens remain open and childcare bubbles, in which, for example, a grandparent offers childcare while one parent works, can continue.

Can i go on vacation?

No, it is recommended that you only travel for essential reasons. People can travel to work.

Those already on vacation can return to the UK and airports and train stations will remain open.

What if I'm already abroad?

Travelers do not have to return early from their travels.

Airlines are responsible for bringing travelers home under consumer law. However, flight schedules are being cut due to the drop in demand, which means that many people will be forced to change their travel dates.

It is recommended that you only travel for essential reasons. People can travel to work

It is recommended that you only travel for essential reasons. People can travel to work

Those already on vacation can return to the UK and airports and train stations will remain open

Those already on vacation can return to the UK and airports and train stations will remain open

I thought we could go to the Canary Islands?

It has been less than two weeks since the government lifted the quarantine requirement for people returning from the Spanish islands.

This resulted in airlines offering additional flights to handle the surge in bookings.

Will the travel corridors continue?

The Prime Minister made no mention of travel corridors in his press conference on Saturday evening, which means people traveling from certain areas are likely to remain exempt from quarantine.

But the lock means that the number of travelers will still be reduced.

Will I get my money back if I have booked a vacation that I cannot continue?

If your flight is still in progress and your destination has not changed, you are not automatically entitled to a refund.

Due to the new restrictions, many planes are likely to be on the ground by Thursday, meaning people with existing bookings will receive a refund.

If I am eligible for a refund, how soon will I get my money?

UK consumers are protected under European law that they should receive a full cash refund within seven days for canceled flights and 14 days for package holidays that have not taken place.

But since the coronavirus outbreak, many people have struggled to get payouts from airlines and vacation companies.

This situation is likely to continue in the coming weeks.

Is there a vacation program?

Yes, vacation is 80 percent due for the duration of the package of tougher national measures.

Support will be available across the UK.

Business premises that have to close in England can receive a Local Restrictions Support Grant up to £ 3,000 per month.

Another £ 1.1 billion will be given to local authorities – split on a £ 20 per capita basis – for one-off payments to support businesses.

Is there any mortgage support?

Yes. Homeowners can take advantage of a mortgage payment vacation that was supposed to end on Saturday but has been extended.

Home sales are expected to be allowed to continue.

Can i go to church

The churches remain open to private prayers.

Funerals are limited to close family members only. It is currently unclear what rules apply to weddings.

The churches remain open to private prayers. Funerals are limited to close family members only. It is currently unclear what rules apply to weddings. Pictured: St. Bartholomew The Great Church in Smithfield, London

The churches remain open to private prayers. Funerals are limited to close family members only. It is currently unclear what rules apply to weddings. Pictured: St. Bartholomew The Great Church in Smithfield, London

Will the Premier League football games continue?

Yes. Boris Johnson said games would continue despite the restrictions.

What if i live in a lowercase area?

You need to keep following the rules as they apply across England.

Professor Chris Whitty said that many of the areas with lower case numbers have the highest rates of increaseHe also warned: 'Some areas including the South West are likely to get pressure on beds really relatively early because of the way the NHS is constructed in those areas.'

'This could be Boris Johnson's Suez': Tory civil war as anti-lockdown 'redwall' MPs accuse PM of being 'bounced' into shutdown and threaten to vote against move in Commons vote on Wednesday

By Jack Wright for MailOnline

Furious anti-lockdown Tory MPs last night accused Boris Johnson of allowing himself to be bounced into an England-wide shutdown after No10 binned its three-tier Covid-19 alert system.

Conservatives were outraged that plans to plunge the country into a second shutdown were leaked to the Saturday papers, including the Mail, before the Prime Minister's announcement in Parliament.

The Prime Minister's allies have suggested that ministers who are pushing for further shutdowns – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and senior minister Michael Gove – had hoped to secure the new measures by leaking them.

In a WhatsApp message seen by the PA news agency, Mr Johnson wrote to MPs to apologise to them and assure them that Downing Street had not informed journalists of the measures.

With MPs expected to vote on the measures on Wednesday, the Prime Minister will have to keep backbenchers, with a significant number of them highly sceptical of restrictions, on side.

But senior Tories are chomping at the bit over the new shutdown which they believe will leave the already-weak UK economy in tatters and potentially tear the Party apart.

Sir Robert Syms, an ex-Tory whip, suggested that No10 had not properly 'audited progress' made by the three-tier system which sees restrictions with varying degrees of severity placed on individual regions.

Desmond Swayne, the Conservative MP for New Forest West, described the move as 'disastrous' and accused Cabinet ministers of behaving like 'headless chickens'.

Meanwhile, Tory MPs told Matt Chorley of Times Radio that the Prime Minister is on 'borrowed time' and 'totally inept', while another reportedly said: 'I think it could be his Suez.'

It comes as Mr Johnson last night announced that England will be plunged into a second national shutdown, due to take effect from midnight on Thursday until December 2.

P.People have to stay at home unless for specific reasons, e.g. For example, to go to school or college or to go to the supermarket while restaurants and non-essential shops are closed.

Childcare, early years facilities, schools, colleges and universities remain open and the Prime Minister explains to the press conference: 'We cannot let this virus damage our children's futures even more than it has already'

As England prepares for a second national ban:

  • Keir Starmer called for an immediate national lockdown as he said delaying until Thursday would cost lives;
  • Stunned hospital chiefs warned that new Covid-19 restrictions would spell doom for dying industry;
  • The UK recorded 326 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 and 21,915 laboratory confirmed cases.
  • The National Education Union called for schools and colleges to be closed as part of the lockdown.
  • The health minister said the government could only have predicted the need for a second "crystal ball" lockdown.
  • The SAGE advisor warned Covid-19 of turmoil in all age groups, and hospitals are at risk of being overrun.
  • The number of virus patients in the hospital has doubled in the past 14 days, with 10,708 patients treated.
  • According to the ONS, 50,000 people were infected with Covid-19 every day. 274 deaths were reported yesterday.
  • A survey by the anti-lockdown group Recovery found that more than 70 percent of people were more concerned about the effects of the lockdown than they were about catching Covid.
Furious anti-lockdown Tory MPs last night accused Boris Johnson of allowing himself to be bounced into an England-wide shutdown after No10 binned its three-tier Covid-19 alert system

Furious anti-lockdown Tory MPs last night accused Boris Johnson of allowing himself to be bounced into an England-wide shutdown after No10 binned its three-tier Covid-19 alert system

Lockdown sceptic Sir Graham Brady, Tory shop steward and chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of backbenchers, was silent on No10's announcement after the press conference. If Downing Street can persuade Sir Graham and Mr Baker to back the measure, any Tory revolt in the House of Commons next Wednesday is likely to be minimal and easily dealt with

Lockdown sceptic Sir Graham Brady, Tory shop steward and chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of backbenchers, was silent on No10's announcement after the press conference. If Downing Street can persuade Sir Graham and Mr Baker to back the measure, any Tory revolt in the House of Commons next Wednesday is likely to be minimal and easily dealt with

England's top health authority unveiled somber graphs showing how all models of the second wave coronavirus predict that the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst case scenario". At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College. They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted

England's top health authority unveiled somber graphs showing how all models of the second wave coronavirus predict that the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst case scenario". At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College. They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted

One said, “Is this a deliberate destruction of the Tory Party? People only choose us because they think we don't care, but they are competent. Lose the competence and we are f **** d. We have lost the competence. And we're crazy. & # 39;

However, senior ministers and MPs who have rejected calls for a second lockdown appear to have become persuaded by data showing that the NHS would be overwhelmed next month minus action.

THREE CRUCIAL DAYS: HOW No10 WAS BOUNCED INTO ANNOUNCING ENGLAND-WIDE SHUTDOWN

Thursday, October 29

  • New Imperial College study

A Government-led study by Imperial College London is published which states that nearly 100,000 people in the UK are getting infected with Covid-19 every day.

The REACT-1 project – which has been swabbing tens of thousands of people every week – estimated there were around 96,000 people getting infected every day in England by October 25.

Senior SAGE sources say it is 'not too late to save Christmas' if a month-long lockdown is introduced.

They are calling for the closure of all pubs and restaurants and venues where households mix indoors.

  • France and Germany go into lockdown

French President Emmanuel Macron announces a second national lockdown until the end of November.

Mr Macron says that under the new measures, starting on Friday, people would only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical reasons.

Non-essential businesses, such as restaurants and bars, will close, but schools and factories will remain open.

He says the country risked being 'overwhelmed by a second wave that no doubt will be harder than the first'.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also announces a 'lockdown lite' which  is less severe but includes the closure of restaurants, gyms and theatres.

Friday, October 30

  • SAGE papers show that PM was warned about serious situation two weeks before No10 press conference

Papers are released online from a SAGE meeting which show that advisers warned ministers on October 14 that the UK could be headed for a situation more serious than the scientists' 'worst case scenario'.

They say 'we are breaching the number of infections and hospital admissions in the Reasonable Worst Case planning scenario' and the outlook for Covid-19's future spread was 'concerning' if no action was taken.

The SAGE papers warn that modelling suggests up to 74,000 people a day could be becoming infected in England alone, far beyond the worst case scenario.

  • England lockdown plans leaked to the Mail

No10's plans to shut-down England for at least a month are leaked to the Daily Mail.

The Mail learns that SAGE told ministers Covid-19 is spreading 'significantly' faster than even their original 'worst-case scenario' prediction.

Downing Street is furious to read details of the lockdown in the first editions of the Saturday newspapers, hours after the decision had been taken by Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Matt Hancock.

It forces Mr Johnson to bring forward the announcement of the measure from Monday to Saturday night, despite many details still being finalised.

The leak means that the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the Cabinet had been told.

Saturday, October 31

  • Probe into Cabinet leak

PM apologises to Conservative MPs and tells them that he will launch an inquiry to find the 'culprit' who leaked details of the new lockdown before his announcement.

Mr Johnson sends a message to Conservative MPs on WhatsApp to apologise and warn there are 'no easy short term options'. 'Folks – so sorry that you've had to hear about all this from the newspapers today,' he writes in a message seen by the PA news agency.

'Let me assure you that the leak was not a no10 briefing and indeed we have launched an inquiry to catch the culprit. I had hoped to make the announcement in parliament on Monday but to avoid any further uncertainty I'll now do a press conference from Downing Street this evening.

'My team will make sure you have access to all the data and briefing from scientists you need in the coming days. Please speak to your whip if you have anything to feed in.

'I assure you we are doing what we believe is best for the country and to ensure that the NHS is not overwhelmed in a way that could cost many thousands of lives.

'There is a clear way out of this, with better medication and rapid testing – and the genuine prospect of a vaccine. Our country will recover well. But I am afraid there are no easy short term options. Best Boris.'

One Tory MP says numerous parliamentarians are angry that newspapers learned of the lockdown before a Commons announcement.

No10 hastily arranges a press conference for Saturday after the information became public, amid outrage that newspapers should learn of the new measures through leaks or official selective briefings.

PM holds a crunch Cabinet meeting at 1.30pm to thrash out plans for new England-wide shutdown.

Downing Street announces a press conference at 4pm. This is pushed back to 5pm and 6.30pm.

PM, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance eventually hold their press conference closer to 7pm.

It is thought they include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who confirmed that the Treasury is extending furlough payments of 80 per cent of salaries for the month, and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

And rebel ringleader Steve Baker told Sky News: 'I would encourage all members of the public, and all members of Parliament, to listen extremely carefully to what the Prime Minister says today and over the coming days.'

Lockdown sceptic Sir Graham Brady, Tory shop steward and chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of backbenchers, was silent on No10's announcement after the press conference.

If Downing Street can persuade Sir Graham and Mr Baker to back the measure, any Tory revolt in the House of Commons next Wednesday is likely to be minimal and easily dealt with.

Sir Robert tweeted: 'I am open to more measures (but) we have a regional approach which we have not given time to work. If we need to tweak it, fine, let's measure what works and discard what does not. At the moment the Government is getting bounced into a change before we have audited progress.'

Mr Swayne said: 'Lockdowns make everyone poorer and poor people even poorer. I fear more people will die sooner than they would have as a consequence of the decision.

'In a bad flu season 80,000 people die, but we don't behave like headless chickens.'

Sir Charles Walker, the vice-chairman of the 1922 Committee, told the BBC: 'There has to be another way of doing this. If you want first world public services, you need a first world economy.

'Come Spring, we won't have a first world economy anymore. We won't be able to pay pensions, employ people, raise taxes, fund armies, fund police forces. Our hospitality industry will be finished. This is utterly catastrophic.'

The Prime Minister's allies have suggested that ministers who are pushing for further shutdowns – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and senior minister Michael Gove – had hoped to secure the new measures by leaking them.

At the heart of the scientific data supporting Mr Johnson's decision to plunge England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modelling groups including Imperial College.

They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance said that England is currently experiencing 'around 50,000 new cases a day'.

Citing data from the Office for National Statistics, the Chief Medical Officer for England claimed the prevalence of this disease had increased extremely rapidly in recent weeks.

Prof. Whitty said the transmission rate "has been very flat due to the work of everyone in the country during the spring and summer" before claiming that NHS England hospital stays are now increasing "exponentially".

He said the number of people in hospital beds would top the peak of the first wave without further action, adding that the prevalence is increasing "in virtually all parts of the country" except possibly in the northeast, where more stringent measures are in place, and cases are not limited to any age group.

The Chief Medical Officer for England said, “Right now this is only getting close to the peak we had before in the North West, but it is increasing in every area. And if we don't do anything, the inevitable result is that those numbers will rise and eventually surpass the high we saw earlier this spring. & # 39;

Sir Patrick, the UK's main scientific adviser, then said that if cases continue to rise, "in terms of winter deaths, there is a potential for it to be twice or more worse than the first wave".

Most of SAGE's models predict and predict around 2,000 deaths from the virus every day in winter Hospital stays are expected to peak in mid-December, with deaths increasing until at least the end of December.

Meanwhile, a separate paper circulating in Whitehall warns that the NHS will not be able to admit more patients until Christmas, even if the Nightingale hospitals are in use.

This document, based on NHS England October 28 modeling, claims that the South West of England and the Midlands will be the first to run out of capacity in two weeks.

Mr. Johnson said it would be a "medical and moral disaster, beyond raw death" if the NHS were overrun, claiming "the sheer weight of Covid demand would mean robbing tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people . " Non-Covid patients with the care they need. & # 39;

The prime minister described the pandemic as "an ongoing struggle and balance that any government must strike between life and livelihood, and obviously life must come first".

He added, "Yes, it is true that the course of the pandemic has changed and it is also right that the government is changing and modulating its response accordingly and I make absolutely no apologies for that."

Cabinet sources released news of the impending month-long shutdown of Mail last night after government scientists warned Mr Johnson that Covid-19 cases in the UK are accelerating faster than their worst-case scenario of 85,000 coronavirus deaths this winter 1,000 deaths per day through December.

Another 326 deaths in the UK were reported today – almost twice as many as last Saturday. However, the infections, which can more accurately reflect the current situation, fell by five percent to 21,915 compared to the previous week.

This week, papers from a SAGE committee meeting showed that scientists warned ministers two weeks ago that Britain could be in a more serious situation than its worst predictions.

The October 14 document, published online, claimed "We are violating the number of infections and hospital admissions in the" Reasonable Worst Case "planning scenario" before adding that the prospects for the future spread of Covid-19 were "worrying", if no action was taken it was taken.

Sir Robert Syms

Desmond Swayne

Sir Robert Syms (left) suggested that No10 had not properly 'audited progress' made by the three-tier system which sees restrictions with varying degrees of severity placed on individual regions. Desmond Swayne (right), the Conservative MP for New Forest West, described the move as 'disastrous' and accused Cabinet ministers of behaving like 'headless chickens'

England's top health authority unveiled somber graphs showing how all models of the second wave coronavirus predict that the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst case scenario". At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College. They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted

England's top health authority unveiled somber graphs showing how all models of the second wave coronavirus predict that the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's "worst case scenario". At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College. They show that the number of deaths without intervention has peaked at 4,000 deaths per day. In their reasonable worst-case scenario for the winter, a maximum of around 800 deaths per day were predicted

Another 326 deaths in the UK were reported today - almost twice as many as last Saturday. However, the infections, which can more accurately reflect the current situation, fell by five percent to 21,915 compared to the previous week

Another 326 deaths in the UK were reported today – almost twice as many as last Saturday. However, the infections, which can more accurately reflect the current situation, fell by five percent to 21,915 compared to the previous week

Important points about the COVID lockdown Mark 2

  • The restrictions start at midnight on Thursday morning and last until December 2nd.
  • People can only leave their home for certain reasons, such as: For example, to do important purchases, move around and work when they are unable to work from home.
  • Unnecessary stores are closed, although supermarkets do not have to close their aisles like in Wales.
  • Restaurants and bars will have to close unless they can provide takeout service.
  • Leisure centers, gyms, sports venues, hairdressers and beauty salons will have to close, although professional sports will continue.
  • Important companies that cannot work remotely, such as B. Construction companies should take safety precautions as before.
  • Places of worship can remain open for private prayers. Funerals are limited to close families only.
  • The vacation program will be extended during the blocking period and will not end tomorrow as originally planned.
  • Sports are allowed with no frequency limit, but organized sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – are not allowed.
  • When the lockdown expires, the Tiers system will be restored and questions remain about the metric used to determine whether restrictions can be lifted in areas.

According to briefings from consultants, they believe there is still time to save Christmas with at least a month's embargo that closes restaurants, pubs, and all but essential stores.

The experts estimate that in the UK there are 1,000 deaths per day and more than 85,000 deaths from coronavirus within a month. The SAGE papers from two weeks ago warned that the modeling suggests that up to 74,000 people could be infected per day in England alone, well beyond the worst-case scenario.

There is a delay of about three weeks between infections and deaths. The scientists told ministers that without further restrictions, the death toll will continue to rise exponentially and hospitals will be overwhelmed.

Daily coronavirus infections in England rose by 50 percent last week, according to the separate Bureau of National Statistics (ONS). It was estimated that nearly 52,000 people contracted the virus each day and one in 100 people in the country was infected with Covid-19 a week ago.

The weekly update is far lower than another government-funded study called REACT-1, which claimed that 96,000 new cases had emerged per day by October 25, bringing the current outbreak to first-wave levels.

However, yesterday, other researchers at King's College London predicted around 32,000 new symptomatic cases a day in England, claiming that infections are "steadily increasing" and "not getting out of hand".

The competing predictions have created confusion about how bad the current rate of coronavirus infection is. Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist behind the king's study, said the spread of Covid-19 is currently "steady" and may even slow down in Scotland. The team estimated that cases in the UK would double once a month.

SAGE's worrying numbers lay behind the prime minister's decision to announce a new national lockdown after his scientific advisors told him it was the only way to save Christmas.

SAGE – the Emergency Scientific Advisory Group, made up of senior scientists and disease experts, presented its analysis to the government on October 14th.

They warned: “In England we are violating the number of infections and hospital admissions in the planning scenario“ Reasonable Worst Case ”, which is based on Covid's winter planning strategy.

"The daily death toll is now in line with the worst-case scenario, and it will almost certainly exceed that number within the next two weeks."

They added, "SPI-M-O fully agrees that the current outlook for the course of the epidemic matters unless there are widespread critical interventions or behavioral changes in the short term."

The SAGE scientists said that if the number of new infections declined in the “very near future”, the reasonable worst-case scenario “could only last three to four weeks”.

However, they warned that if the "R" rate stays above 1, the epidemic "will continue to deviate from the planning scenario."

The government-funded REACT study at Imperial College London predicted the R-rate had risen to 1.6 across England – the highest since the initial lockdown. It added that it could be as high as 2.8 in London.

Boris Johnson effectively took the country back to square one last night as he unveiled a dramatic new national month-long lockdown to avoid a 'medical and moral disaster' - ordering the public to stay at home

Boris Johnson effectively took the country back to square one last night as he unveiled a dramatic new national month-long lockdown to avoid a 'medical and moral disaster' – ordering the public to stay at home

At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College

At the center of the scientific data backing Boris Johnson's decision to put England into a second lockdown was a graph comparing the predictions of a number of academic modeling groups, including Imperial College

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated that nearly 52,000 people contracted the virus every day, and one in 100 people in the country was infected with Covid-19 a week ago

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated that nearly 52,000 people contracted the virus every day, and one in 100 people in the country was infected with Covid-19 a week ago

Separate data from King & # 39; s College London predicted that around 32,000 cases occur daily in England and that infections are "steadily" increasing and "not getting out of hand".

Separate data from King & # 39; s College London predicted that around 32,000 cases occur daily in England and that infections are "steadily" increasing and "not getting out of hand".

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's principal scientific adviser

Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief physician

England's chief public health officials unveiled grim graphs that show how all models of the coronavirus second wave predict the number of deaths will exceed SAGE's 'worst cases scenario'

When the R-rate is above 1, a breakout can grow exponentially. An R of 1.8 would mean that, on average, every 10 people infected would infect 28 other people.

SAGE's latest official R-rate estimates claimed the number had declined, ranging from 1.1 to 1.3 both nationally and in London. In both cases, there seems to be a consensus that the infection rate should stay above 1.

The committee had asked the government to follow in the footsteps of Germany and France by pulling into a full national shutdown "for at least a month" because they said the three-tier system had failed.

Experts claim the NHS could be overwhelmed "within a few weeks" without drastic measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, in a reiteration of the warnings issued in March to lock down the country.

Ministers fear that hospitals could fill up with rising coronavirus approvals. Without measures to stem the tide of cases, it would be "impossible" for the health sector to handle this in the coming weeks, the scientists said.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “Doctors and scientists agree that none of the current restrictions are enough to stop the virus from spreading.

“Without a change, the NHS would have been overwhelmed in weeks and it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to cope with the inevitable increase in care for people with Covid and non-Covid diseases during the winter months. There's absolutely no doubt that many more of us would have seen loved ones die, suffer with long-term Covid symptoms or from other illnesses.

"The only way to get things back to normal quickly is to get the virus under control as soon as possible."

Dr. Shaun Fitzgerald, visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Engineering at Cambridge University, added, “None of us want this at all. But there now seems to be no choice but to avoid thousands upon thousands dying, and the healthcare system is so overcrowded that even non-Covid patients are seriously affected. & # 39;

Sir Keir Starmer says new national lockdown should start NOW, not on Thursday as Labour claims vindication on calling for circuit breaker two weeks ago

By Jack Wright for MailOnline

Sir Keir Starmer last night called for a second national lockdown to start immediately as the Labour Party claimed vindication for calling for a 'circuit-breaker' two weeks ago.

The Labor leader also said his party would back the government in a vote on a new lockdown across England to be held in the House of Commons next week.

He welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to plunge the country into a second closure but told reporters that it should have happened "weeks ago".

Sir Keir had previously asked the UK government to lock down a "breaker" for two to three weeks to warn that "sacrifices" would have to be made to quell the virus.

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he was "angry" that the government had "hesitated and delayed" and said its "indecision will have unimaginable consequences" for "life and livelihood."

And Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey called the Tory government “a complete mess,” tweeted, “The tremors and delays have cost them jobs and lives. PM needs to make sure that people get the support through this lockdown that need them – and start working on a UK plan for Christmas. & # 39;

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the vacation program ending today will be extended for another month with the Treasury Department covering 80 percent of workers' wages to prevent further unemployment.

However, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham reacted angrily. The government had refused to grant the subsidy to the region while fighting for Tier 3 measures.

Mr Burnham said, "When we asked you to do this for the worst paid people in the north, you refused," adding, "The people here will remember." Liverpool Area Mayor Steve Rotheram added, "Now we know for a fact that the government believes that workers in the north are worth 13 percent less than those in the south."

It comes as the Prime Minister last night announced that England will be plunged into a second shutdown, due to take effect from midnight on Thursday until December 2.

As England prepares for a second national ban:

  • The UK recorded 326 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 and 21,915 laboratory confirmed cases.
  • The National Education Union called for schools and colleges to be closed as part of the lockdown.
  • The health minister said the government could only have predicted the need for a second "crystal ball" lockdown.
  • The SAGE advisor warned Covid-19 of turmoil in all age groups, and hospitals are at risk of being overrun.
  • The number of virus patients in the hospital has doubled in the past 14 days, with 10,708 patients treated.
  • According to the ONS, 50,000 people were infected with Covid-19 every day. 274 deaths were reported yesterday.
  • A survey by the anti-lockdown group Recovery found that more than 70 percent of people were more concerned about the effects of the lockdown than they were about catching Covid.
Sir Keir Starmer last night called for a second national lockdown to start immediately as the Labour Party claimed vindication for calling for a 'circuit-breaker' two weeks ago. The Labour leader also indicated that his Party will back the Government in a vote on a new England-wide lockdown due to take place in the House of Commons next week

Sir Keir Starmer last night called for a second national lockdown to start immediately as the Labour Party claimed vindication for calling for a 'circuit-breaker' two weeks ago. The Labour leader also indicated that his Party will back the Government in a vote on a new England-wide lockdown due to take place in the House of Commons next week

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he was 'furious' that the Government had 'dithered and delayed yet again'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he was 'furious' that the Government had 'dithered and delayed yet again'

Boris Johnson effectively brought the country back to first place when he launched a new month-long lockdown to avoid "medical and moral disaster". He ordered the public to stay home until December 2nd

Boris Johnson effectively brought the country back to first place when he launched a new month-long lockdown to avoid "medical and moral disaster". He ordered the public to stay home until December 2nd

Sir Keir told reporters: 'Everybody is concerned about the rise in infections, the hospital admissions and tragically the number of deaths. That's why I asked for a break three weeks ago.

Important points about the COVID lockdown Mark 2

  • The restrictions start at midnight on Thursday morning and last until December 2nd.
  • People can only leave their home for certain reasons, such as: For example, to do important purchases, move around and work when they are unable to work from home.
  • Unnecessary stores are closed, although supermarkets do not have to close their aisles like in Wales.
  • Restaurants and bars will have to close unless they can provide takeout service.
  • Leisure centers, gyms, sports venues, hairdressers and beauty salons will have to close, although professional sports will continue.
  • Important companies that cannot work remotely, such as B. Construction companies should take safety precautions as before.
  • Places of worship can remain open for private prayers. Funerals are limited to close families only.
  • The vacation program will be extended during the blocking period and will not end tomorrow as originally planned.
  • Sports are allowed with no frequency limit, but organized sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – are not allowed.
  • When the lockdown expires, the Tiers system will be restored and questions remain about the metric used to determine whether restrictions can be lifted in areas.

The government only now completely refused to announce the same thing. Unfortunately now the delay will cost, the lockdown will be longer, it will be more difficult, and there will be human costs that will be very, very real.

"Well, there is no denying that these measures are necessary, and I'm glad the government finally made the decision it should have made weeks ago."

He indicated Labour will back the Government in a Commons vote on the shutdown, calling the measures 'necessary' but warning against further delay.

When asked about the restrictions, which won't come into effect until Thursday, the Labor leader told reporters that they should be put in place "quickly". "The last thing we need is days before restrictions are put in place. If they are necessary, they are necessary now," he added.

Sir Keir added that it was unfair to trick the public into believing Christmas was "normal" and told reporters, "This lockdown will last until at least December 2nd, everyone has seen the numbers so I don't think it's fair. " To pretend that Christmas will literally be normal.

& # 39;I think we have to compete with the public in this regard.

In response to Press Conference No. 10, Mr. Khan accused the Prime Minister of "completely ignoring the expert scientific advice."

“Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus. So I and many others have asked the government to listen to SAGE and, weeks ago, put in place a short national breaker that could have saved lives and caused the least damage to our economy, ”the Mayor of London tweeted.

& # 39; The government's delay means the case numbers are now too high for a short, sharp breaker to take effect. This left the prime minister no choice but to introduce a longer national lockdown.

“It is imperative that the government not repeat its tremors when it comes to the additional economic support that is clearly needed now.

“Ministers have a unique responsibility to provide all public funds necessary to sustain our economies and support businesses and jobs during this time of tighter restrictions. The Chancellor urgently needs to get up and say that he will do whatever it takes for as long as it is necessary. & # 39;

In his statement on the new lockdown measures in England, Mr. Khan added: "The Prime Minister has done the right thing in extending the vacation program, which should end tomorrow – but he must immediately confirm that it will be 80 percent wages for everyone who needs it.

“Government support must also include direct grants and loans to businesses in the sectors that are likely to be hardest hit in order to be available now.

“I would like to address all Londoners directly as your Mayor: Thank you very much for the enormous sacrifices you have made over the past seven months. You may disagree or dislike the latest government restrictions.

“However, we must all follow them. Please continue to follow public health restrictions and guidelines. We must act to protect one another.

Mr. Khan accused the Prime Minister of "completely ignoring the expert scientific advice". “Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus. So I and many others have asked the government to listen to SAGE and, weeks ago, put in place a short national breaker that could have saved lives and done the least amount of damage to our economy, ”he tweeted

Mr. Khan accused the Prime Minister of "completely ignoring the expert scientific advice". “Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus. So I and many others have asked the government to listen to SAGE and, weeks ago, put in place a short national breaker that could have saved lives and done the least amount of damage to our economy, ”he tweeted

Labor shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has blown the government's "inexcusable" "lack of clarity on support".

Labor shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has blown the government's "inexcusable" "lack of clarity on support".

“I know it won't be easy, but history tells us that in times of crisis, Londoners always pull together. We have to make great collective sacrifices again now to prevent even greater suffering later.

'I will continue to lobby the Government to finally sort out a fully functioning test and trace system and the financial support London needs. I promise you that our city will get through this together. & # 39;

Labour's shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has blown the government's "inexcusable" "lack of clarity on support".

She tweeted: "Tremors and delay have harmed public health. After the Prime Minister's speech, many will wonder how they will deal with it – from the self-employed to those with short contracts to those looking for work. & # 39;

Boris Johnson calls in the army to support Covid in "quick turnaround" tests for "entire cities" within a few days

Boris Johnson will call in the army to conduct "quick turnaround tests" that can test "entire cities" for Covid within a few days.

The Prime Minister made the announcement at a press conference on Downing Street tonight when he completely closed the nation again by December 2nd.

Government scientific advisors, in a paper filed at Downing St last month, endorsed Mr Johnson's £ 100 billion Moonshot operation, which tests 10 million people a day whether or not they have symptoms.

According to experts, population-wide tests can cut the reproduction rate of Covid-19 in half.

Britain's overall R rate – the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects – is estimated to be as high as 1.5, which has sparked the PM into launching fresh action.

Shadow Trade Secretary Ed Miliband criticized the Prime Minister's "terrible misjudgment" for "delaying so long".

He tweeted, "Now that businesses and workers are adequately supported, it is completely silent that the government is far less silent on self-employed support and grants for most businesses than it was when it was first locked."

Meanwhile, the leader of Bradford Council said the announcement of new coronavirus measures is 'confusing' for West Yorkshire residents who had been preparing for Tier 3 restrictions on Monday.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe said she had been assured there would not be a national lockdown during discussions with the Government last week about West Yorkshire entering the very high level of measures.

Following the announcement of new national measures by the Prime Minister today, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said the area would no longer enter Tier 3 on Monday as planned.

Ms Hinchcliffe said: 'I asked the Secretary of State twice last week whether the country was going into national lockdown and was told firmly no.

'This latest Government announcement, coming only two days after the announcement that Bradford and West Yorkshire was to enter Tier 3 very high restrictions, will understandably therefore be confusing for residents and businesses alike.

'All the Tier 3 regulations we briefed residents and businesses on on Friday are now irrelevant and we must wait for fresh information from Government on Monday.

'Just a couple of days ago Government were impressing upon us, as leaders in West Yorkshire, that the health emergency was very urgent.

'The new Tier 3 restrictions were therefore due to start Monday. Now we hear it's going to be national restrictions from Thursday.

'If it was urgent on Thursday, it's certainly urgent today and I would therefore make a plea to all residents and businesses to be extra careful from now on, don't wait until Thursday to exercise extra caution.'

"A devastating blow to industry": Business leaders despair of new restrictions, saying "it will be much harder to survive" – ​​urging government to correct tests to avoid a THIRD lockdown

Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the UK Chamber of Commerce head said.

Industry leaders insist that it will now be "much harder" for companies to survive, even if the high-profile vacation program has been extended for another month, and have asked the government to correct tests to avoid a third lockdown.

After weeks insisting he is sticking to local restrictions, the PM completed a humiliating U-turn by announcing blanket coronavirus restrictions for England at a press conference alongside medical and science chiefs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

The draconian measures, dubbed "Tier Four" on the government's sliding scale, go into effect Thursday morning at midnight after gloomy Sage models predicted the virus could kill 85,000 people this winter, well above the previous one "reasonable worst case".

The brutal pressure will cause non-essential shops in England to close by December 2nd, as well as bars and restaurants, despite the "absolutely devastating" impact on the already crippled hospitality sector.

Earlier this month it was found that the UK economy grew only 2.1 percent in August as the recovery from the effects of the pandemic stalled despite Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out program – up from that recorded in July Expansion of 6.4 percent.

On Thursday, it was announced the two million residents in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Wakefield and Kirklees would be subject to Tier 3 restrictions from Monday, after local authorities agreed a financial support package from the Government worth an additional £59.3million.

Ms Hinchcliffe urged residents to stay at home if they could, wash their hands and wear face coverings indoors ahead of the introduction of new measures next week. She added: 'The infection rate is extremely high and our hospitals are getting an increasing number of admissions.

'We are determined to work with our West Yorkshire partners to make sure we get the right support for our area so that we limit the damage these restrictions will cause for businesses and communities.'

The Prime Minister effectively took the country back to square one as he unveiled the new national lockdown to avoid a 'medical and moral disaster'.

After weeks of insisting on adhering to local restrictions, he ended a humiliating U-turn by announcing blanket restrictions on England at a press conference with Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

Mr Johnson said the draconian measures, which will go into effect from midnight Thursday morning through December 2, are the only way to avert dire Sage predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter, well above the previous "reasonable worst case." He said otherwise doctors would have to choose between rescuing Covid patients and those with other diseases.

The prime minister pointed out that the action was not the same as it was in March as key sectors of the economy would be ordered to stay open, but said he had no illusions about how difficult it would be.

He stated that the vacation program would be extended for the period instead of ending tomorrow as originally planned. He also declined to rule out extending the measures beyond the proposed end date. When asked whether there would be enough time, the Prime Minister said: “I hope so. We have every reason to believe that it will. & # 39;

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the extension of vacation payments for the month of closure, saying: “In the last eight months of this crisis, we have helped millions of people continue to care for their families. But now – along with many other countries around the world – we are facing a harsh winter.

“I've always said that if the situation develops, we will do everything. Now that the restrictions are tightening, we are taking steps to provide further financial assistance to protect jobs and businesses.

& # 39; These changes will be an important safety net for people across the UK.

North of the border, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Scots not to travel to England unless it is for 'essential purposes' as Mr Johnson announced a second national lockdown.

Miss Sturgeon said she and the Scottish Government will seek clarity over the furlough extension announced by Mr Johnson, adding such support would make an impact on decisions previously taken north of the border.

However, she said the devolved administration 'will take considered decisions based on what is right for Scotland'.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pictured here in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, has urged Scots not to travel to England as it was announced England would go into a four-week lockdown next week until December 2

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pictured here in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, has urged Scots not to travel to England as it was announced England would go into a four-week lockdown next week until December 2

Travel firms warn of 'complete shutdown' across industry when England reenters shutdown

Travel firms have warned of a 'complete shutdown' across the industry when England goes back into lockdown next week.

Travel and overnight stays in the UK and abroad will be restricted when the 'stay home' instruction comes into effect nationwide again from Thursday.

According to Government guidance issued on Saturday night: 'This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.'

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, said the rules 'will mean a complete shutdown for travel businesses which have already been severely damaged by the pandemic', but added 'public health must come first'.

Budget airline easyJet has called for 'urgent' support for the sector, similar to that which has been provided to hospitality.

Chief executive Johan Lundgren said: 'Given the steps the Government has taken, which essentially prevents air travel in the UK, our call for sector specific support has never been more urgent.

'The Government has recognised the need to directly support the hospitality sector, where decisions have directly affected its ability to trade.

'The same principle needs to be applied to aviation. The Government's own statistics show that activity in aviation is already 90% down on pre-pandemic levels, yet to date the Government has still failed to provide any sector specific support.'

The sentiments were echoed by Airlines UK, which said: 'Aviation has been devastated by the pandemic, and has essentially never had the opportunity to recover.'

The trade body has called for 'a comprehensive restart package' for the industry.

It said in a statement: 'This needs to include immediate additional economic support for the winter and steps to support recovery, including urgent rollout of a testing regime, business rates relief for airports, and an emergency waiver of Air Passenger Duty that will be essential for enabling and stimulating international travel – absolutely vital for the UK economy – for as long as we are living with this virus.

'Hundreds of thousands of jobs and our economic recovery are on the line.'

Miss Sturgeon said the prevalence of the virus is lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK, after stricter measures were introduced north of the border in September.

Those saw Scots barred from going into other people's homes, and the Scottish Government also acted to close bars and restaurants across the central belt in early October.

In Scotland, a new five-tier levels of restriction will come into effect on Monday – with Levels 1, 2 and 3 broadly comparable to the three tiers of restrictions currently in place in England.

In Level 3 areas – the second highest tier in the new Scottish system and which affects the central belt including Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as Ayrshire and Dundee – people are urged not to go outside of their own local authority area.

In a series of tweets urging Scots to stick to the new rules, Ms Sturgeon also said people are being asked not to travel to or from England.

She said: 'People should not travel to or from Level 3 areas in Scotland and for now, we are asking people not to travel to or from England at all, except for essential purposes.'

With regards to the furlough extension announced by Johnson, Sturgeon said: 'We expect to have further discussion in the coming days about the scope of additional financial support being made available.

'A crucial point for us is whether support on the scale announced for English businesses is available for Scottish businesses now or if we needed to impose further restrictions later – or if it is only available if Scotland has a full lockdown at the same time as a lockdown in England.

'However, notwithstanding the above, today's developments should be a reminder to people across Scotland of the need to follow the rules and not to put their own twist on them.

'It is important we all comply with the rules in our area if we are to successfully suppress the virus, protect the NHS and keep as many businesses and services open.'

In another tweet responding to news the extension until December would be UK-wide, she said: 'This is good and expected. But a key question – is it only available during the period of English lockdown?

'Or will it be available in event a devolved gov thinks it necessary to have tougher restrictions at a later stage?'

Scottish Government ministers and SNP MPs have made repeated calls for furlough to be extended since Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in September the scheme would end this month.

Miss Sturgeon has also previously warned the new measures in Scotland represent the best chance of avoiding another national lockdown.

She added: 'People across Scotland have faced significant restrictions since late September as we work to stop the increase in Covid cases across the country.

'Prevalence of the virus is currently lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK and there are some signs that those earlier restrictions may be starting to slow the rate of increase.

'We will not hesitate to increase the level of protection either locally or nationally if required. Our new levels approach – including a potential Level 4 – enables us to respond quickly and flexibly as required.

'We are also asking that people do not travel to England, or from England into Scotland unless absolutely essential, just as we are also asking people not to go to Northern Ireland or to Wales.'

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