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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 take-away 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, suggested Michael Gove 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” nationwide for 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 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 it was the only way to avert 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

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."

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

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

Heat maps 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 Tory anti-lockdown MPs yesterday evening accused Boris Johnson of plunging into an English-wide shutdown after No10 suspended its three-tier Covid-19 alarm 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 more closings – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Michael Gove – had hoped to secure the new measures by passing them on.

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 senior 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 behaving 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 have checked the 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 NO 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 contributions will be published online from a SAGE meeting, which shows 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 prediction of the "worst-case scenario".

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, although many details are still being finalized.

The leak means the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the cabinet was informed.

Saturday October 31st

  • Probe in the cabinet

PM apologized to Conservative MPs and advised 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 indeed 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 in the coming days you will have access to all the data and information from scientists you need. 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 has 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 honestly questioning this and in fact the situation was worse than any of us expected Therefore, action is now required. & # 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 said to 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 by 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 was not 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 remained 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 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: in order 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 meeting 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 has also been presented to the cabinet that suggests the southwest could be where the north is in terms of infections by Nov. 27.

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 dismal saga predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter, well above the previous "reasonable worst case", and the NHS was previously overcrowded 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 will 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 of 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 beware of the D word – deselection & # 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 was deeply unhelpful. It generated 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 who pushed 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 no longer need Boris".

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 lockdowns, why will they comply with a national lockdown? "

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 2nd and people will be encouraged 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, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross and Angus will be in Level 2.

Highland, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland were rated as Level 1.

Levels 1, 2 and 3 are largely comparable to the tier system currently in force in England.

Nicola Sturgeon decided against moving North and South Lanarkshire to Level 4 – which equates to a complete lockdown.

She has told the Scots not to go to England unless it is for "essential purposes".

Northern Ireland

Pubs and restaurants were closed for four weeks from October 16, except for food stalls and deliveries. The schools were closed for two weeks.

Retail stores and fitness studios for individual training will remain open.

People were told to work from home when unable to do so, and were told not to take unnecessary travel.

Surprise! Unions want to close schools

Britain's largest teachers union was deemed a "disgrace" last night after calling for schools and colleges to close during the month-long lockdown.

Boris Johnson earlier announced schools would remain open during the new embargo, but the National Education Union (NEW) said they were "a motor behind the transmission of viruses" and a "primary culprit" in the spread of Covid-19 .

She also called on the government to allow secondary school students to operate a rota model, where students are taught remotely for part of the time when the lockdown ends on December 2nd.

However, lead educator Professor Alan Smithers of Buckingham University said: “School closings on first lockdown have had a huge impact on children's learning and mental health. Fortunately, children who contract the virus seem little affected by it, so there is every reason to keep schools open. The NEU is extremely cautious and sees the balance between the security of people and the protection of the future of young people very wrongly. & # 39;

Chris McGovern, Chair of the Real Education Campaign, said: “The children most affected by the lockdown are less privileged. By calling for school closings, the NEU effectively promotes social division, which is quite shameful. & # 39;

The NEU was criticized earlier in the pandemic for resisting attempts to get kids back into classrooms before the summer vacation.

Kevin Courtney, the union's joint general secretary, said yesterday: “ONS data suggests schools are a motor for virus transmission. It would be self-destructive for the government to impose a national lockdown while ignoring the role of schools as the main culprit in the spread of the virus.

"Such a lockdown would cause pain for the entire community – but not be as effective as it could be if schools were involved."

Another 326 deaths in the UK have been reported – almost twice as many as last Saturday. 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.

At his press conference, Mr Johnson insisted that the new national lockdown was not the same as the spring's “full lockdown”.

"We will get through this, but we have to act now to contain the surge this fall," he said.

“We're not going back to the full March and April lockdown. The measures I have described are less restrictive.

"But I'm afraid the basic message will be the same from Thursday: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."

Mr Johnson said the NHS overflow was "a medical and moral disaster beyond the gross loss of life".

He said, “Doctors and nurses have to decide which patients should be treated, who gets oxygen and who doesn't, who lives and who dies.

“Doctors and nurses would be forced to choose between rescuing Covid patients and non-Covid patients.

"The sheer weight of Covid demand would mean depriving tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, if not millions of non-Covid patients of the care they need."

He added, "The risk is that for the first time in our lives the NHS won't be there for us."

In a plea for the public and Tory MPs to trust him, Mr. Johnson said, “We know the cost of these restrictions – the impact on jobs and livelihoods, as well as people's mental health. Nobody wants to enforce these measures. & # 39;

He thanked the people who had come to terms with local restrictions.

But he warned: "We have to be humble towards nature … the virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst-case scenario of our scientific advisors.

"If we don't act, we could see several thousand deaths a day in this country – a high point in mortality, unfortunately larger than the one we saw in April."

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

“Christmas will be different this year, maybe very different. But it is my sincere hope and belief that if we take tough action now, we can enable families across the country to be together, ”he said.

Mr Johnson confirmed that the Westminster government was talking to the decentralized administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland about "plans for Christmas and beyond".

This time, Mr. Johnson said education is protected: “We are not closing schools, it is very important that we keep schools open.

“We want to continue. People should of course work from home and we want to minimize contact. This is how the NHS can be protected. I am not going to pretend that these judgments are not incredibly difficult. We have to find the right balance. & # 39;

Prof. Whitty said the number of people in NHS beds in England would top the peak of the first wave without further action.

He said prevalence has increased "in virtually all parts of the country" except possibly in the northeast, where stricter measures are in place and cases are not limited to one age group.

Speaking of the use of NHS beds in England, he said: “Currently this is only approaching the high point we had before in the North West but it is increasing in every area.

"And if we do nothing, the inevitable result is that these numbers will rise and eventually exceed the high we saw earlier this year."

Prof. Whitty evaded when he insisted that the government acted too late.

“There is basically no perfect time and there are no good solutions, all solutions are bad, and we try to have the fewest – the least bad – solutions at a time when you actually achieve the balance that is between all of these Things have to be made that ministers have to make decisions about.

“In terms of celebrations, be it Christmas or some other religious tradition, with these measures we would have a much better chance of doing it than if these measures were not taken today.

"I think let's see how that goes over the next few weeks."

Previously, the Cabinet had received evidence from the SPI-M group that the NHS will exceed its normal capacity and surge bed capacity by the first week of December unless action is taken. Ministers were informed that this would also be the case if elections were postponed or canceled.

"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 head of the UK Chambers of Commerce 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 of insisting on sticking to local restrictions, the prime minister put an end to a humiliating U-turn by announcing blanket coronavirus restrictions in England at a press conference alongside Chiefs of Medicine and Science 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".

Due to the “absolutely devastating” impact on the already crippled hospitality sector, non-essential shops, bars and restaurants in England will be closed until December 2nd.

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 was highest in parts of the north, the R was above the critical level of one everywhere.

The doubling time in the south-east is now faster than the north-west, and the south-west could be in the same position as the north-west by November 27th.

Under the new restrictions, people are told that they can only leave the house for certain reasons, such as: For example, to make important purchases, move around and work when they are unable to work from home.

However, the government stresses that companies that cannot operate remotely, such as construction, should continue as they have before.

International travel is out of bounds if not for work purposes and travel within the UK is highly recommended.

Restaurants and bars are only allowed to operate one take-away service.

It is expected that the affected companies will receive more government support.

Sir Keir welcomed the national lockdown on England but said it should have happened "weeks ago" and warned that the delay will cost lives and the restrictions will last longer.

The Labor leader told reporters: “Everyone is concerned about the rise in infections, hospital admissions and the tragic 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.

“Unfortunately, the delay will now 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."

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) director general Adam Marshall said the new restrictions were "a devastating blow to companies that have done everything in their power to adapt and operate safely".

Who is the lockdown leaker? Pro-restriction Matt Hancock is at the center of the leak investigation after PM had to announce new rules two days earlier than planned

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was at the center of an extraordinary government leak investigation last night after the Prime Minister was forced to announce the second national lockdown two days ahead of schedule.

Downing Street officials were furious Friday night when they read details of the lockdown in the first editions of the Saturday newspapers, just hours after the decision was made by the "quad" of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Mr. Hancock.

When an angry Mr Johnson announced an immediate leak investigation, several government sources tried to blame Mr Hancock by accusing him of trying to get the Prime Minister to announce the lockdown before he could worry. The Minister of Health vigorously denied the allegations.

It forced Mr Johnson to move the announcement of the measure forward from Monday to yesterday, although many details were still being finalized.

The leak meant the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the Cabinet were informed of the decision.

Downing Street yesterday announced a formal investigation.

A senior government source told The Mail on Sunday, “There were four people in this meeting, plus trusted officials who never betray trust. You have to wonder who would benefit if the boss got a chance to row back. & # 39;

Business and market confidence has been hit hard by the unclear stop-start approach adopted by governments across the UK over the past eight months, and there is no end in sight. Many companies are in a much weaker position right now than they were when the pandemic began, making it far more difficult to weather prolonged closings or demand restraints, ”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 through loss of demand or closure, needs to be resolved and communicated immediately.

Mr Johnson, who spoke with Sir Keir and Spokesman Lindsay Hoyle ahead of today's announcement, will make a statement to the Commons on Monday ahead of Wednesday's crunch vote.

The announcement's meticulous choreography was torn after leaks caused an overnight storm. Downing Street launched a hunt for the mole amid new evidence of cabinet divisions.

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 fell to pieces after the form of the proposals 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.

The First Scottish Minister, Ms Sturgeon, said she would "carefully examine the implications of today's announcement in England" but stressed that "we will continue to make decisions that reflect the circumstances in Scotland".

Boris Johnson calls in the army to help roll out "rapid turnaround" tests for Covid 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 in a matter of 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 halve the reproduction rate of Covid-19.

"We expect further discussions in the coming days about the scope of the additional financial support," she said.

& # 39; A crucial point for us is whether support is available now for Scottish businesses on the scale announced for English businesses, or whether we need to impose further restrictions later – or whether it is only available if Scotland concurrently with a full lockdown has a lock in England. & # 39;

She added: “People across Scotland have been facing significant restrictions since late September as we work to stop the increase in Covid cases across the country. The prevalence of the virus is currently lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK and there is some evidence that these previous restrictions could slow the rate of increase. "

Entertainment groups have warned of a "major financial support gap" after the government announced it would be closing venues as part of a month-long lockdown.

Pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail stores will be closed across England from Thursday, Boris Johnson said during a briefing.

Culture Minister Oliver Dowden then confirmed that television and film production could continue during the embargo.

Mr Dowden said more details on how the lockdown would affect the arts and sports sectors would be revealed in the coming days.

In a Twitter letter, he said: “As the Prime Minister has just confirmed, we will be introducing additional restrictions from Thursday. We understand the fear and the effects it will have, and we make sure it doesn't last a day longer than necessary.

& # 39; The changes mean people should WFH where possible. However, where this is not possible, travel to a workplace is permitted – e.g. These include (but not exhaustively) top-class sports that are played behind closed doors, film and television productions, and telecommunications workers.

"We know people will have many questions, and @DCMS officials and ministers will be working on these and detailed implications for the sectors in the days ahead."

The government is currently distributing a £ 1.57 billion funding package to the arts and other measures.

Michael Kill, executive director of the Night Time Industries Association, however, said the announcement put the sector before "financial Armageddon".

He said, "The Prime Minister's announcement today will put night economy businesses before 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 had to close completely since March."

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

He said: & # 39; National bans have been announced in France, Germany and the UK.

& # 39; In France, the government has announced that it will cover 100 percent of wages for people affected by the required lockdown. In Germany, the government will cover 75 percent of lost sales.

"Grassroots music venues closure was announced across the country starting Thursday, but the UK government has no similar obligation."

"We look forward to urgent details from ministers on the financial package that will protect businesses and livelihoods in this vital, world-leading UK 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 pushing for more closings – Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Michael Gove – had hoped to secure the new measures by passing them on

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 cannot do under the new lock: pubs, shops, restaurants, hairdressers and leisure centers will be closed – but construction sites will remain open

By Harry Howard for MailOnline

A new national lockdown across England means people will have to stay at home unless for specific reasons, e.g. B. to go to school or college or to 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 to 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 am already abroad?

Travelers do not have to return early from their travels.

Airlines are responsible under consumer law for bringing travelers home. 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 night, which means people traveling from certain areas are likely to continue to be 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 has not yet been completed 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.

It is expected that home sales will 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 lowercase areas have the highest growth rates. He also warned: “Some areas, including the Southwest, are likely to put pressure on beds relatively early due to the way the NHS is organized in those areas. & # 39;

"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

By Jack Wright for MailOnline

Angry Tory anti-lockdown MPs last night accused Boris Johnson 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.

Die Verbündeten des Premierministers haben vorgeschlagen, dass die Minister, die auf weitere Abschaltungen drängen – Gesundheitsminister Matt Hancock und Ministerpräsident Michael Gove – gehofft hatten, die neuen Maßnahmen durch Durchsickern zu sichern.

In einer WhatsApp-Nachricht der Nachrichtenagentur PA schrieb Herr Johnson an die Abgeordneten, um sich bei ihnen zu entschuldigen und ihnen zu versichern, dass Downing Street die Journalisten nicht über die Maßnahmen informiert habe.

Da die Abgeordneten voraussichtlich am Mittwoch über die Maßnahmen abstimmen werden, muss der Premierminister die Hinterbänke, von denen eine erhebliche Anzahl sehr skeptisch gegenüber Beschränkungen ist, auf der Seite halten.

Aber hochrangige Tories machen sich Sorgen über die neue Schließung, von der sie glauben, dass sie die ohnehin schwache britische Wirtschaft in Trümmern belassen und die Partei möglicherweise auseinanderreißen wird.

Sir Robert Syms, eine Ex-Tory-Peitsche, schlug vor, dass No10 die Fortschritte des dreistufigen Systems, bei dem Einschränkungen mit unterschiedlichem Schweregrad für einzelne Regionen gelten, nicht ordnungsgemäß „geprüft“ habe.

Desmond Swayne, der konservative Abgeordnete für New Forest West, beschrieb den Schritt als "katastrophal" und beschuldigte die Minister des Kabinetts, sich wie "kopflose Hühner" zu verhalten.

In der Zwischenzeit erzählten Tory-Abgeordnete Matt Chorley von Times Radio, dass der Premierminister "geliehene Zeit" und "völlig unfähig" ist, während ein anderer angeblich sagte: "Ich denke, es könnte sein Suez sein."

Es kommt, als Herr Johnson gestern Abend bekannt gab, dass England in eine zweite nationale Abschaltung gestürzt wird, die von Mitternacht am Donnerstag bis zum 2. Dezember in Kraft treten soll.

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 allow this virus to harm our children's future any more than it has before."

As England prepares for a second national ban:

  • Keir Starmer called for an immediate national lockdown as delaying until Thursday would cost lives;
  • Stunned hospital bosses warned new Covid-19 restrictions would spell the fate of the 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.
Wütende Anti-Lockdown-Abgeordnete von Tory beschuldigten Boris Johnson gestern Abend, sich in eine englischweite Abschaltung stürzen zu lassen, nachdem No10 sein dreistufiges Covid-19-Alarmsystem eingestellt hatte

Wütende Anti-Lockdown-Abgeordnete von Tory beschuldigten Boris Johnson gestern Abend, sich in eine englischweite Abschaltung stürzen zu lassen, nachdem No10 sein dreistufiges Covid-19-Alarmsystem eingestellt hatte

Der Lockdown-Skeptiker Sir Graham Brady, Tory-Vertrauensmann und Vorsitzender des einflussreichen Backbenchers-Komitees von 1922, schwieg nach der Pressekonferenz zu No10s Ankündigung. Wenn Downing Street Sir Graham und Mr. Baker davon überzeugen kann, die Maßnahme zu unterstützen, ist jede Tory-Revolte im House of Commons am kommenden Mittwoch wahrscheinlich minimal und leicht zu bewältigen

Der Lockdown-Skeptiker Sir Graham Brady, Tory-Vertrauensmann und Vorsitzender des einflussreichen Backbenchers-Komitees von 1922, schwieg nach der Pressekonferenz zu No10s Ankündigung. Wenn Downing Street Sir Graham und Mr. Baker davon überzeugen kann, die Maßnahme zu unterstützen, ist jede Tory-Revolte im House of Commons am kommenden Mittwoch wahrscheinlich minimal und leicht zu bewältigen

Englands oberste Gesundheitsbehörde enthüllte düstere Grafiken, die zeigen, wie alle Modelle der zweiten Welle des Coronavirus vorhersagen, dass die Anzahl der Todesfälle das "Worst-Case-Szenario" von SAGE überschreiten wird. Im Zentrum der wissenschaftlichen Daten, die Boris Johnsons Entscheidung stützten, England in eine zweite Sperre zu stürzen, stand eine Grafik, in der die Vorhersagen einer Reihe von akademischen Modellierungsgruppen, darunter das Imperial College, verglichen wurden. Sie zeigen, dass die Zahl der Todesfälle ohne Intervention mit 4.000 Todesfällen pro Tag ihren Höhepunkt erreicht hat. In ihrem vernünftigen Worst-Case-Szenario für den Winter wurden maximal rund 800 Todesfälle pro Tag vorhergesagt

Englands oberste Gesundheitsbehörde enthüllte düstere Grafiken, die zeigen, wie alle Modelle der zweiten Welle des Coronavirus vorhersagen, dass die Anzahl der Todesfälle das "Worst-Case-Szenario" von SAGE überschreiten wird. Im Zentrum der wissenschaftlichen Daten, die Boris Johnsons Entscheidung stützten, England in eine zweite Sperre zu stürzen, stand eine Grafik, in der die Vorhersagen einer Reihe von akademischen Modellierungsgruppen, darunter das Imperial College, verglichen wurden. Sie zeigen, dass die Zahl der Todesfälle ohne Intervention mit 4.000 Todesfällen pro Tag ihren Höhepunkt erreicht hat. In ihrem vernünftigen Worst-Case-Szenario für den Winter wurden maximal rund 800 Todesfälle pro Tag vorhergesagt

Einer sagte: „Ist das eine absichtliche Zerstörung der Tory-Partei? Die Leute wählen uns nur, weil sie denken, dass es uns egal ist, aber sie sind kompetent. Verlieren Sie die Kompetenz und wir sind f **** d. Wir haben die Kompetenz verloren. Und wir sind verrückt. & # 39;

Hochrangige Minister und Abgeordnete, die Forderungen nach einer zweiten Sperrung abgelehnt haben, scheinen jedoch von Daten überzeugt worden zu sein, aus denen hervorgeht, dass der NHS im nächsten Monat ohne Maßnahmen überfordert sein würde.

THREE CRUCIAL DAYS: HOW NO 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 contributions will be published online from a SAGE meeting, which shows 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 prediction of the "worst-case scenario".

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, although many details are still being finalized.

The leak means the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the cabinet was informed.

Saturday October 31st

  • Probe in the cabinet

PM apologized to Conservative MPs and advised 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 indeed 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 in the coming days you will have access to all the data and information from scientists you need. 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 has 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.

Es wird vermutet, dass dazu Kanzler Rishi Sunak, der bestätigte, dass das Finanzministerium die Urlaubszahlungen von 80 Prozent der Monatsgehälter verlängert, und Innenminister Priti Patel gehören.

Und der Rebellen-Rädelsführer Steve Baker sagte gegenüber Sky News: "Ich möchte alle Mitglieder der Öffentlichkeit und alle Mitglieder des Parlaments ermutigen, äußerst genau zuzuhören, was der Premierminister heute und in den kommenden Tagen sagt."

Der Lockdown-Skeptiker Sir Graham Brady, Tory-Vertrauensmann und Vorsitzender des einflussreichen Backbenchers-Komitees von 1922, schwieg nach der Pressekonferenz zu No10s Ankündigung.

Wenn Downing Street Sir Graham und Mr. Baker davon überzeugen kann, die Maßnahme zu unterstützen, ist jede Tory-Revolte im House of Commons am kommenden Mittwoch wahrscheinlich minimal und leicht zu bewältigen.

Sir Robert twitterte: „Ich bin offen für weitere Maßnahmen (aber) wir haben einen regionalen Ansatz, für den wir keine Zeit zur Arbeit haben. Wenn wir es optimieren müssen, lassen Sie uns messen, was funktioniert, und verwerfen, was nicht. Im Moment wird die Regierung in eine Veränderung verwickelt, bevor wir die Fortschritte geprüft haben. & # 39;

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 the number of deaths peaking at 4,000 deaths a day without intervention, their reasonable worst case scenario for the winter had predicted a maximum of around 800 deaths a day.

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 was "very flat" in the spring and summer due to the work of everyone in the country before claiming that NHS England hospital stays are now increasing "exponentially".

He said that the number of people in hospital beds will exceed the peak of the first wave without further measures, adding that there is 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.

The Chief Medical Officer for England said: “Right now this is only approaching the high point 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 year. & # 39;

Sir Patrick, the UK's chief scientific adviser, then said that if cases keep rising, 'in terms of deaths over the winter, there's the potential for this to be twice as bad, or more, compared to 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 within two weeks.

Mr Johnson said it would be a 'medical and moral disaster, beyond the raw loss of life' if the NHS was overrun, claiming: 'The sheer weight of Covid demand would mean depriving tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, if not millions of non-Covid patients of the care they need.'

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's also right that the Government should change and modulate its response in accordance, 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 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'. At the heart of the scientific data supporting Boris 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 the number of deaths peaking at 4,000 deaths a day without intervention, their reasonable worst case scenario for the winter had predicted a maximum of around 800 deaths a day

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'. At the heart of the scientific data supporting Boris 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 the number of deaths peaking at 4,000 deaths a day without intervention, their reasonable worst case scenario for the winter had predicted a maximum of around 800 deaths a day

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 take-away 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 a lockout period of at least a month that closes restaurants, pubs and all but essential stores.

The experts estimate that in the UK there will be 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 per day could be infected in England alone, well beyond the worst-case scenario.

There is a lag of around three weeks between infections and deaths. The scientists told ministers that without further restrictions, the death toll will keep rising exponentially, and hospitals will be overwhelmed.

Separate Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures found daily coronavirus infections in England surged by 50 per cent last week. It was 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.

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 currently appears 'steady' and may even be slowing in Scotland. The team estimated that Britain's cases are doubling once a month.

SAGE's worrying numbers back 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 Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, which is made up of senior scientists and disease experts -presented their analysis to the Government on October 14.

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 number of daily deaths is now in line with the levels in the Reasonable Worst Case and is almost certain to exceed this within the next two weeks.'

They added: 'There is complete consensus in SPI-M-O that the current outlook for the epidemic's trajectory is concerning, if there are no widespread decisive interventions or behavioural changes in the near term.'

The SAGE scientists did say that if the number of new infections were to fall in the 'very near future' then the reasonable worst case scenario may 'only continue for three to four weeks.'

However, they warned that if the 'R' rate were to remain above 1 then the epidemic 'will further diverge 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 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 heart of the scientific data supporting Boris 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

At the heart of the scientific data supporting Boris 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

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 chief scientific adviser

Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer

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, an outbreak can grow exponentially. An R of 1.8 would mean on average every 10 people infected will infect 28 other people.

SAGE's latest official R rate estimates did claim the figure had dropped and estimated it stood between 1.1 and 1.3 both nationally and in London. Either way, there appears to be consensus that the infection rate remains 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 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 contain the 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 is absolutely no doubt that many more of us would have seen loved ones die, suffer from long-term Covid symptoms, or suffer 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 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.

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

Sir Keir had previously called on the Government to impose a 'circuit breaker' lockdown on the UK for two to three weeks, warning that 'sacrifices' would have to be made to suppress the virus.

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he was 'furious' that the Government had 'dithered and delayed', saying their 'indecision will have unimaginable consequences' for 'lives and livelihoods'.

And Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Ed Davey called the Tory Government 'an utter shambles', tweeting: 'Through dither and delay they have cost jobs and lives. PM must ensure people have the support they need through this lockdown – and start work on a UK wide plan for Christmas.'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme, which ended today, will be extended for a further month, with the Treasury covering 80 per cent of employees' wages to prevent further unemployment.

But Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham reacted angrily to this, with the Government having refused to grant the subsidy for the region as they battled over Tier 3 measures.

Mr Burnham said that 'when we asked you to do that for the lowest-paid people in the North, you refused', adding: 'People here will remember that.' Liverpool region mayor Steve Rotheram added: 'Now we know for sure that the Government thinks workers in the North were worth 13 per cent 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 took the country back to square one as he unveiled a new national month-long lockdown to avoid a 'medical and moral disaster' - ordering the public to stay at home until December 2

Boris Johnson effectively took the country back to square one as he unveiled a new national month-long lockdown to avoid a 'medical and moral disaster' – ordering the public to stay at home until December 2

Sir Keir told reporters: 'Everybody is concerned about the rise in infections, the hospital admissions and tragically the number of deaths. Deshalb habe ich vor drei Wochen eine Unterbrechung gefordert.

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 take-away 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.

Die Regierung lehnte dies erst jetzt vollständig ab, um das Gleiche anzukündigen. 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.

"Nun, es ist nicht zu leugnen, dass diese Maßnahmen notwendig sind, und ich bin froh, dass die Regierung endlich die Entscheidung getroffen hat, die sie vor Wochen hätte treffen sollen."

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

Asked about the restrictions not coming into force until Thursday, the Labour leader told reporters that they should be brought in 'swiftly'.  'The last thing we need is days before restrictions come in. If they're necessary, they're necessary now,' he added.

Sir Keir added it was unfair to pretend to the public that Christmas 'will be normal', telling reporters: 'This lockdown is going on to at least December 2, everybody's seen the figures, and, therefore, I don't think it's fair to pretend that Christmas is going to be normal in any sense of the word.

& # 39;I think we need to level with the public on that.

Responding to the No10 press conference, Mr Khan accused the Prime Minister of choosing to 'completely ignore the expert, scientific advice'.

'Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus, which is why I and many others urged the Government to listen to SAGE and introduce a short, national, circuit breaker weeks ago when it could have saved lives and done the least damage to our economy,' the Mayor of London tweeted.

'The Government's delay means that case numbers are now too high for a short, sharp, circuit breaker to be effective. This has left the Prime Minister with no choice but to introduce a longer national lockdown.

'It is absolutely imperative that the Government does not repeat its dithering when it comes to the additional economic support that will now clearly be needed.

'Ministers have a once-in-a-generation responsibility to provide whatever public funding is needed to prop up our economy and support businesses and jobs through this period of much tighter restrictions. The Chancellor needs to stand up urgently and say that he will do whatever it takes for as long as is needed.'

In his statement on the new lockdown measures in England, Mr Khan added: 'The Prime Minister has done the right thing by extending the furlough scheme which was due to end tomorrow – but he must immediately confirm that it will be at 80 per cent of wages for everyone who needs it.

'Government support must also include direct grants and loans for businesses in the sectors likely to be worst affected to be made available now.

'I would like to make a direct appeal to all Londoners as your Mayor: Thank you for the enormous sacrifices you have made over the last seven months. You may not agree with or like the Government's latest restrictions.

'However, we must all follow them. Please continue following the restrictions and public health guidance. We must act to protect each other.

Mr Khan accused the PM of 'completely ignor(ing) the expert, scientific advice'. 'Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus, which is why I and many others urged the Government to listen to SAGE and introduce a short, national, circuit breaker weeks ago when it could have saved lives and done the least damage to our economy,' he tweeted

Mr Khan accused the PM of 'completely ignor(ing) the expert, scientific advice'. 'Acting early and decisively is the best way to control this virus, which is why I and many others urged the Government to listen to SAGE and introduce a short, national, circuit breaker weeks ago when it could have saved lives and done the least damage to our economy,' he tweeted

Labour's shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds blasted the Government's 'inexcusable' 'lack of clarity on support'

Labour's shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds blasted the Government's 'inexcusable' 'lack of clarity on support'

'I know it won't be easy, but history tells us that Londoners always pull together in times of crisis. We must once again make huge collective sacrifices now in order 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.'

Labour's shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds blasted the Government's 'inexcusable' 'lack of clarity on support'.

She tweeted: 'Dither and delay has damaged public health. After the PM's speech, many will be wondering how they'll cope – from the self-employed to those on short contracts, and seeking work.'

Boris Johnson brings in the Army to help roll out 'rapid turnaround' tests for Covid for 'whole cities' within days

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

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 Business Secretary Ed Miliband slammed the Prime Minister's 'terrible misjudgement' for having 'delayed necessary for so long'.

He tweeted: 'Vital now that businesses and workers are properly supported, yet total silence from government on support for the self-employed and grants for most businesses significantly less than in first lockdown.'

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 for industry': Business leaders despair at new restrictions and it say 'will be much harder to survive' – and plead with government to fix testing to avoid a THIRD lockdown

Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the head of the UK Chambers of Commerce 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 – being billed as 'Tier Four' on the government's sliding scale – come into force from midnight Thursday morning after bleak Sage modelling projected the virus could kill 85,000 this winter, far above the previous 'reasonable worst case'.

Due to the “absolutely devastating” impact on the already crippled hospitality sector, non-essential shops, bars and restaurants in England will be closed until December 2nd.

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 insisting he is sticking to local restrictions, he completed a humiliating U-turn by announcing blanket restrictions for England at a press conference alongside Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

Mr Johnson said the draconian measures – which come into force from midnight Thursday morning until December 2 – were the only way to avert bleak Sage predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter, far 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 March as key sectors of the economy are under orders to stay open, but said he was 'under no illusions' about how tough it would be.

He stated that the vacation program will 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 it will be.'

Announcing the extension of furlough payments for the month of shutdown, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: 'Over the past eight months of this crisis we have helped millions of people to continue to provide 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.

'These changes will provide a vital 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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