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Minister refuses to endorse Matt Hancock after Minister of Health made a tasteless Covid test joke


Believed Health Secretary Matt Hancock was abandoned today by one of his own colleagues after making a blatant joke about the government's testing and trace errors.

Mr Hancock is under pressure after arriving at a Commons bar just before 9:40 pm, ordering a glass of white wine and announcing, "The drinks are mine – but Public Health England is responsible for the method of payment, so I'm not going to do anything pay. & # 39;

When asked today by a reporter whether the joke from the person in charge of the system today was "appropriate", ward clerk Robert Jenrick refused to respond despite several opportunities.

Mr Hancock, who is overall responsible for the testing regime, is also facing an investigation by House of Commons authorities after he was accused of breaking his own Covid curfew by drinking in a parliamentary bar after 10 p.m.

His ill-conceived joke came after trying to explain to the Commons why the Quango lost nearly 16,000 positive coronavirus tests – a fiasco Labor claimed to have put "lives at risk".

A senior Tory MP told The Mail on Sunday that Mr Hancock had stayed in the smoking room bar until at least 10:25 p.m. despite spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle insisting that the Commons venues adhere to the same 10 p.m. curfew as everyone English pubs.

Charles Walker, the Tory MP overseeing bars in Commons, promised an investigation into allegations that the curfew had not been observed.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured) was accused last night of breaking his own curfew on Covid by drinking in a commons bar after 10 p.m. – where he made a blatant joke about the government's testing and trace errors

M.r Walker, chairman of the Commons' Administration Committee, told The Mail on Sunday that he would now "speak to senior management of the catering department."

He insisted that it was up to MPs to obey the rules and not rely on staff to tell them about it.

But he added that if alcoholic beverages are "consumed in our bars after 10 p.m. these cases must stop".

In a carefully worded statement, a health minister's spokesman said last night, “No rules have been broken.

The foreign minister was in the smoking room before the vote that evening.

The foreign minister left the smoking room to vote. The vote took place at 9.42 p. M. "The Foreign Minister then left Parliament's estate to go home."

When asked if Mr. Hancock returned to the bar after the vote and before he went home, the spokesman did not respond.

The Minister of Health is considered the leading pro lockdown dove in the cabinet who is enthusiastic about the curfew.

Mr Hancock arrived at the bar just before 9:40 p.m. and ordered a glass of white wine

Mr Hancock arrived at the bar just before 9:40 p.m. and ordered a glass of white wine

This increasingly angered "hawks" like Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who fear that the strict Covid rules will cause permanent economic damage.

Other Tory MPs who were present in the smoking room on Monday have privately admitted that after 10 p.m. they are still in the room with drinks on the table.

Last night the Minister of Health came under pressure to apologize for his "tasteless" joke about Public Health England (PHE).

Munira Wilson, the Liberal Democrats' health spokesman, said: “If these tasteless remarks are correct, he must apologize. Matt Hancock has no shame.

“Thanks to his incompetence, we have a flawed test-and-trace system that has left thousands of grieving loved ones and millions of livelihood worries as they face further lockdowns.

“Instead of taking responsibility, he jokes at their expense and blames everyone for his incompetence. The British public will not forget. & # 39;

Mr Hancock's spokesman declined to comment on the comment made just hours after the spate of questions in the House of Commons over PHE's failure to report 15,841 positive coronavirus tests in England, fearing 50,000 potentially infectious people who failed to reach out to contract prosecutors.

Mr. Hancock admitted that the mistake "should never have happened".

A senior Tory MP told The Mail on Sunday that Mr Hancock had stayed in the Smoking Room bar (pictured) until at least 10:25 p.m., despite spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle insisting that the Commons venues put the same curfew from 10 p.m. like all English pubs

A senior Tory MP told The Mail on Sunday that Mr Hancock had stayed in the Smoking Room bar (pictured) until at least 10:25 p.m., despite spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle insisting that the Commons venues put the same curfew from 10 p.m. like all English pubs

The extraordinary allegations that he broke the curfew come as Boris Johnson faces a growing Tory rebellion over the rules that critics believe are ineffective and kill jobs and businesses without stopping the virus from spreading.

According to sources, Mr Hancock joined about 20 other MPs in the smoking room Monday night, where he ordered a glass of French Sauvignon Blanc and made his joke.

One person in attendance described the health minister cracking a mime-style gag about how he would take everyone a drink, but since PHE was doing a count he never had to pay. It was laughing a lot. & # 39;

Mr Hancock left the room to vote at 9:42 p.m. but one person present claimed that Mr Hancock had returned later and stayed after 10 p.m.

Another, younger minister ordered a bottle of wine at 9:59 p.m. and continued to drink it with colleagues, the source said.

Mr. Hancock is said to have ordered a large glass of white wine shortly before the bar closed at 10 p.m. and then continued drinking.

"He wasn't the only one – some people were still ordering bottles of wine by the deadline," said one MP.

“However, it was extraordinary that our Minister of Health – the man who perhaps more than Boris himself taught the nation about compliance with the Covid rules – threw back a glass of vino at 10:25 p.m. when there were drinkers and guests in the real world kicked out of pubs and restaurants across England.

"Everyone panics trying to cover up Matt, but I know what I've seen and I can tell the time."

The UK sees 15,166 new coronavirus infections and 81 deaths as cases triple in two weeks

By James Robinson for MailOnline

Boris Johnson has come under increasing pressure tonight as new figures show that coronavirus infections in the UK have tripled in two weeks and negotiations begin ahead of the lockdown talks on Monday.

The UK recorded an additional 15,116 coronavirus cases and 81 more deaths on Saturday, up from 13,864 infections on Friday, 12,827 seven days ago and 6,739 a fortnight ago.

The spiraling stats come in as millions in the north face of draconian new lockdown measures starting Monday, when Mr Johnson will speak to MPs on the details of a new three-tier local lockdown system.

People could be fined for traveling between high and low risk areas or for violating self-isolation orders. As an incentive for local executives to work together, the Treasury Department will provide financial incentives known as "raid cash".

Negotiations on lockdown plans for the north and parts of the Midlands would close pubs and restaurants and severely limit social interaction between households in Covid-affected areas.

Ministers are believed to give mayors the authority to deploy an army of local volunteers to knock on doors and ask people to self-isolate to improve compliance, according to the Sunday Times.

However, the prime minister faces stiff opposition from leaders in some northern areas who claim their case numbers are falling.

The Prime Minister is also concerned about Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who has urged him to show "restraint" about the new ban.

The numbers released yesterday show that the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 also increased from 3,660 to 3,837 within 24 hours – although the number of people in ventilation beds (442) remained exactly the same as yesterday.

When the number of deaths in Covid tripled in 14 days and millions of people were banned, this was found out last night:

  • Millions in the North and Midlands face travel bans and pub closings as No. 10 offers "money to raid" local executives.
  • City hall chiefs are given the authority to use an army of local volunteers to knock on doors and ask people to self-isolate.
  • Union leaders in the north demanded more cash from the government to support the lockdown and called the new vacation program "inadequate".
  • Doctors have warned that face masks, both inside and out, should be mandatory to help contain the spread of infection.
  • The BCG vaccine was given to 1,000 people in an Exeter University study to test claims that it helps fight Covid by stimulating the immune system.
  • School children have been banned from singing Happy Birthday because they feared it could spread.
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock made a tasteless Covid test joke in the Commons bar as he joined MPs breaking the 10 p.m. curfew.
  • The restriction of the rule of six can be temporarily lifted by Chancellor Rishi Sunak during the festive period

The rise in Britons being treated with Covid in hospital is partly due to catching it in the wards, figures show

The surge in Britons being treated with coronavirus in hospital is partly due to catching it in the wards, the latest numbers available show.

The number of hospital cases rose from 2,396 to 3,660 between September 30 and October 7, an increase of 52 percent.

However, separate statistics show that nearly one in five with the virus in the hospital tested positive for seven days or more after admission – meaning it was caught there.

The results suggest that Covid-19 hospital stays caused by outbreaks in the community may not increase as quickly as some fear.

According to health authorities, the increase in approvals was greatest in the north west of England.

However, the total number of virus patients in UK hospitals is still a fraction of the April high of 19,849.

The death toll fell from 87 on Friday to 81 yesterday. The number has increased since that time last week, when there were 53 coronavirus-related deaths in the UK and 39 deaths were recorded two weeks ago.

The week-to-week increase in the number of infections is due to the fact that the data increased last Saturday due to a "technical problem" with the government's reporting system – which nearly doubled the number of cases from 6,968 the previous day.

The problem later turned out to be a computer glitch, which meant that 16,000 positive cases were missed between September 25 and October 2.

In separate data, NHS England previously reported that 60 people with COVID-19 had died in hospitals within 24 hours – all between 41 and 93 years old. All but five had known underlying health conditions.

The numbers were added in the following days, particularly last Sunday's Sunday when the numbers hit a record high of 22,061 cases – more than at the peak of the pandemic in late April.

However, many experts say the daily test readings don't compare to the same readings at the height of the pandemic, when the country's testing program was much smaller.

They believe up to 100,000 people contracted the virus every day at the height of the pandemic.

The latest figures say there have been 590,844 cases and 42,760 deaths across the UK since the pandemic began – although separate figures released by the UK statistical authorities show that the UK has now recorded 58,000 deaths involving Covid-19 Time of death was mentioned certificate.

The Prime Minister and Chancellor held a meeting on Downing Street Thursday at which Mr Sunak allegedly "forensically" extracted the data provided by government scientists to justify a tough lockdown.

During the exchange, which lasted late into the evening, Mr. Sunak – a "hawk" increasingly concerned about the economic damage caused by the Covid rules – pointed out that restaurant closings calls for flawed ones and patchy information was based on just 98 pubs and 67 cafes and restaurants.

Separate figures show that as of Saturday in England, 3,225 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized, down from 2,194 a week ago, while 396 Covid-19 hospitalized patients were in ventilation beds, down from 307 a week ago.

A total of 513 patients with confirmed Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals in England on Thursday, compared with 386 a week earlier.

In Scotland, 397 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized on Friday, up from 175 the week before, 33 in ventilation beds, up from 19 the week before.

In Wales, 291 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized on Friday, up from 218 the week before, 32 in ventilation beds, just like a week earlier.

Wales has also reported an additional 627 coronavirus-related cases and an additional 21 deaths. Public Health Wales said the sharp increase was the result of a delay in the addition of 17 deaths by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board between October 3rd and 7th.

In Northern Ireland, 132 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized on Thursday, up from 95 the week before, 10 on ventilated beds on Friday, up from seven the week before.

Data on patients with Covid-19 are not comparable in the UK due to different information.

Separate statistics show that nearly one in five with the virus in the hospital tested positive for seven days or more after admission – meaning it was caught there.

The results suggest that Covid-19 hospital stays caused by outbreaks in the community may not increase as quickly as some fear.

According to health authorities, the increase in approvals was greatest in the north west of England.

However, the total number of virus patients in UK hospitals is still a fraction of the April high of 19,849.

This is due to the fact that millions of people in the Midlands and the North face travel bans and pub closings, and the local communities are tasked with enforcing the Test and Trace program.

The use of the "Covid Vigilantes" is an effective admission by Downing Street that the national program has failed.

The complications could also lead to a staggered implementation of various measures, possibly on a postcode basis.

The BCG vaccine will be given to 1,000 people in Exeter University's study to test claims that it will help fight Covid

According to researchers at the University of Exeter, a vaccine usually given to protect children from tubular colitis could help adults fight the coronavirus.

The Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is used in 1,000 people after the shot is found to stimulate the immune system.

It wouldn't be the ultimate solution, it would help people fight off the coronavirus until more effective vaccines are discovered.

Professor John Campbell of the University of Exeter Medical School told the Guardian that the vaccine could be a "global innovator".

The University of Exeter will enroll 2,000 UK healthcare workers in the International Brace Study, which will recruit 10,000 volunteers worldwide.

Volunteers for the study will receive either an intake of BCG or a placebo. They will then be monitored for a year to see if the vaccinated group is taking fewer Covid-19 infections or having fewer symptoms.

Preliminary results are expected in six to nine months.

BCG normally causes an immune response against the bacterial disease TB – but it is now believed to help protect against viral infections.

The test results published last month in the journal Cell suggest that older people have fewer respiratory infections after vaccination, an international team of scientists announced.

"If we see something that comes close to protecting against coronavirus, it could be a global game changer," Campbell said.

The vaccine is designed to stimulate the adaptive immune system, which can then release antibodies to destroy invading TB pathogens.

But it also strengthens the body's "innate" immune system, which means that infections can be fended off before they have a chance to assert themselves. This effect has given scientists hope that it could work as a coronavirus vaccine.

If the vaccine turns out to protect against viral infections, it could be introduced in future pandemics.

The Prime Minister's advisor Sir Eddie Lister held talks with local leaders in the affected areas on Saturday. According to one source, the negotiations focused on the severity of the measures.

It has been suggested that in Merseyside, one of the worst hit places – with 600 cases per 100,000 – all pubs and bars would be closed under Tier 3 measures, but restaurants would be allowed to stay open.

This created a tense exchange about the definition of a restaurant as opposed to a pub where food is served.

Heads of state and government are being encouraged by No. 10 to work with the plans, which could go into effect as early as Wednesday.

Yesterday, local leaders urged the government not to punish north-east England with draconian lockdowns that are forcing pubs and bars to close as the number of new coronavirus infections reportedly declined in the region every day.

After strict measures, on September 18, nearly two million Britons were banned from mingling with others from outside their household in private homes, gardens, pubs and restaurants. But Gateshead Council Chairman Martin Gannon claimed today that if students are removed from the numbers, the number of new cases in Newcastle and Gateshead is now starting to decline.

"We have evidence in the region – if you take the number of students out – even in the center of Newcastle and in the center of Gateshead we see a reduction in the number of new cases," he said. "What we are saying is that the measures are working for the moment."

He supported demands from local chiefs across the region that ministers abandon their "counterproductive" plans to pull down the shutters in local pubs and bars, arguing that only restrictions were needed for now.

According to Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, Gateshead has seen the infection rate rise 72 percent over the past seven days, rising from 129.4 to 221.7 cases per 100,000 people. In Newcastle, the rate rose 90 percent from 250.5 to 475 per 100,000.

More than 1,800 students tested positive for the virus in the northeast on Thursday, including 1,003 at Newcastle University, 619 at Northumbria University and 219 at Durham University. Northumbria University also said 770 students tested positive on October 3. Students in affected dormitories have been asked to quarantine.

Official government data shows that the number of positive cases recorded daily in local areas appears to be decreasing. However, experts have warned that this may be due to delays in processing swabs as laboratories continue to handle a sample jam.

The government is expected to unveil its three-tier lockdown system on Monday. The North East, North West and Nottinghamshire are expected to fall under the strictest category of measures – bars and pubs must close but restaurants are allowed to stay open until 10 p.m.

Prime Minister's Chief Strategic Advisor Sir Edward Lister wrote to Northern MPs after meeting with leaders from the north on Friday warning that the region was "very likely" to be affected by stricter coronavirus restrictions. Northern leaders, however, have complained that they have not been consulted, saying that further restrictions will lead to further "resistance and confusion".

Gateshead boss Gannon warned of tightened rules because evidence suggests current measures are curbing the rising tide of infections.

The graph above shows the number of patients in ventilation beds in the North East and Yorkshire

The graph above shows the number of patients in ventilation beds in the North East and Yorkshire

COUNTY DURHAM: Cases seem to fall in this area too. They are displayed according to the date the test was performed

COUNTY DURHAM: Cases seem to fall in this area too. They are displayed according to the date the test was performed

Landlords ’anger over plans to" close pubs but keep restaurants open until 10 p.m. "

Landlords are furious at Boris Johnson's expected plans to close pubs in a new coronavirus clampdown in northern England while restaurants can stay open until 10 p.m.

The new regime of government would hurt hospitality again as pubs and bars in Merseyside and other parts of the north were ordered to close due to local restrictions. However, in a sign of official confusion, restaurants are allowed to stay open until curfew.

Similar measures are expected to be announced in Nottinghamshire as well as Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Newcastle, while rules will be reviewed after a month.

In a joint statement, the Mayors of Greater Manchester, the metropolitan areas of Sheffield and Liverpool and North Tyne said: “What the Chancellor announced today is a start, but at first glance it doesn't seem to have gone far enough to prevent this winter real difficulties, job losses and business failures. & # 39;

Industry experts also denounced the package. Greg Mulholland, Campaign for Pubs, said: “The support announced by the Chancellor is not enough to compensate for the closings of pubs.

& # 39; Many tax collectors will be forced to run into even more debt just to survive. There is real anger when pubs have worked hard to work safely. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Chris Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs told MailOnline that tightening restrictions on closings of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants would be "counterproductive".

He pointed to the situation in Bolton, where cases have risen 39 percent to 250 per 100,000 in the past seven days, despite tightened restrictions on hospitality.

"I suspect much of the transmission over the past few weeks has come from private gatherings, many of which are technically illegal," he said, referring to infections across the country.

& # 39; The 10pm closing time resulted in more house parties and less social distancing. I don't think closed pubs will stop people from meeting for a drink. & # 39;

"We oppose further restrictions in the Northeast based on the scientific evidence," he said.

“We have evidence in the area – there is an increase in the number of students, but if you take the students out – even in central Newcastle and central Gateshead – we see a gradual decrease in the number of new cases.

“So our argument is that even with mixed news, despite the confusion and frustration, the actions that are being taken are starting to work.

He said: "Work with us, give us more time, help us gain trust and convince people – these really good people in Newcastle who want to do the right thing."

The Labor leader also announced that he had a meeting with senior government advisers and 40 other Northeast leaders this week to discuss the new restrictions, but that no national politicians were present.

He said they had made "very clear arguments" to stop restaurant closings based on the evidence they had gathered.

"I think new measures would be counterproductive," he said. & # 39; We had three different regulations within 10 days that created a lot of opposition and confusion.

"Our argument is that even with mixed news, despite confusion and frustration, the measures that are being taken are starting to work."

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham urged MPs to "reject" Rishi Sunak's vacation program as it will lead to "heavy layoffs" in the north of England – and said hospitality workers should receive 100 percent of their wages.

Below vacation limit two, workers can claim two-thirds of their wages up to £ 2,100 from the UK government if employers are forced to pull down shutters due to coronavirus restrictions.

But Mr Burnham said the program would "get our residents into trouble during the holiday season and expose our businesses to possible failure".

At a press conference attended by Mayors from Liverpool and North Tyne, he said the new system and other restrictions combined would mean an economic blow that would "flatten" the north.

"It will flatten the north of England and widen the north-south divide," he said.

“Today we are writing to all MPs representing constituencies in the north of England. We urge our MP colleagues to support the statements of our MPs and to support the constituents who get into trouble as a result of these measures.

"We are asking them to take a vote so that MEPs can either support this package or, we hope, reject it, and we are calling on the government to come back with a package that fully responds to all of the points I have just made . "

His words were repeated this morning on the Today program by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, who criticized the program as "not generous" and accused the government of showing "contempt" for the north.

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said at a press conference attended by Mayors from Liverpool (Photo: Liverpool City Center) and North Tyne that the new system and further restrictions combined would mean an economic blow that would “weaken the north “Would

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said at a press conference attended by Mayors from Liverpool (Photo: Liverpool City Center) and North Tyne that the new system and further restrictions combined would mean an economic blow that would “weaken the north “Would

His words were repeated this morning by the Mayor of Liverpool (Photo: Liverpool City Center), Joe Anderson, on the Today program, who criticized the program as "not generous" and accused the government of showing "contempt" for the north

His words were repeated this morning by the Mayor of Liverpool (Photo: Liverpool City Center), Joe Anderson, on the Today program, who criticized the program as "not generous" and accused the government of showing "contempt" for the north

More than 1,800 students tested positive for the virus in the northeast on Thursday, including 1,003 at Newcastle University (Image: Revelers downtown), 619 at Northumbria University and 219 at Durham University. Northumbria University also said 770 students tested positive on October 3

Northumbria University also said 770 students tested positive on October 3. Students in affected dormitories have been asked to quarantine. Pictured: Revelers in Newcastle city center

More than 1,800 students tested positive for the virus in the northeast on Thursday, 1,003 of them at Newcastle University (picture left and right: Revelers out in Newcastle city center), 619 at Northumbria University and 219 at Durham University. Northumbria University also said 770 students tested positive on October 3. Students in affected dormitories have been asked to quarantine

The restriction of the rule of six can be temporarily lifted by the Chancellor during the festive period

The “Rule of Six” restriction to social mixing could be temporarily lifted at Christmas so that family groups of up to 12 people can enjoy the festive season.

If approved, the limit on gatherings of more than six people on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day would double to allow for intergenerational celebrations.

The temporary total of 12 was chosen because two groups of grandparents and parents, three children and an aunt or uncle could meet without breaking the law.

These two days were suggested because families usually spend most of their time indoors – and are interested in escaping outside on Boxing Day.

Economic Secretary Alok Sharma is believed to be the cabinet's leading supporter of the plan – provided Covid infection rates were largely kept under control by mid-December.

The temporary lifting is seen as a better option than the alternative plan, which requires families to be isolated a fortnight before Christmas so they can congregate on the day.

The plan for Rule 12 is hatched as Tory MPs become increasingly restless about Rule 6 and the 10 p.m. curfew.

Labor member Anderson hammered the government for not going far enough, telling the Today program, “(The new vacation program) is not generous at all, it is in fact lower than the previous one introduced vacation program.

“I just wonder if this would be the case in the southern areas of the country or in London and not on another level.

I personally feel that the north is treated with contempt by this government.

“But I think if you look at it it's better than nothing and the pressure we've put on over the past few weeks has required a local vacation program. At least it's heard now.

Mayor Anderson warned that the city would likely slip into a third tier lockdown following the plans Boris Johnson would announce Monday.

That would mean closing pubs and bars, he said, but restaurants could stay open until 10 p.m.

The infection rate in Liverpool rose 116 percent from 239.3 to 517.4 cases per 100,000 people in the past week, according to Public Health England.

Mr Gannon also expressed concern about the vacation program, warning many people who work in pubs, bars and restaurants – which are likely to close – that they will struggle to "put food on the table" on only two-thirds of their wages .

He told the Today program, “I know people who work in the hospitality industry and have trouble putting food on the table for their families even when they are fully paid.

“For Rishi Sunak, I mean that he could possibly live on two thirds of his salary, you and I, we could live on two thirds of our salary, but for many of the people who work in the hospitality sector, they cannot meet the requirements.

"They won't obey the law based on two-thirds of their salary."

The REACT study, conducted by Imperial College London, estimates that 45,000 new cases of coronavirus have emerged in England daily for the week leading up to October 5 - almost half the projected transmission rate on the darkest days of the crisis in April

A report from the Office of National Statistics found that in the week leading up to October 1, more than 0.4 percent of people in England were infected with Covid-19. This was the highest estimate since the data began in May. It suggests that one in 240 people has the disease, although this varies greatly from one part of the country to another

The REACT study conducted by Imperial College London (left) estimates that in the week leading up to October 5th, more than 0.6 percent of the population of England had coronavirus, while the ONS (right) put the number at around 0 for the week .41 percent at the end of October 1

Data shows that in Fallowfield, Manchester - a thriving student suburb of the city - five percent of people tested positive for the disease in the week leading up to October 2

Data shows that in Fallowfield, Manchester – a thriving student suburb of the city – five percent of people tested positive for the disease in the week leading up to October 2

According to government scientific advisors, the rate of coronavirus reproduction in the UK has decreased slightly. They say the current R value - the number of people each Covid-19 patient will infect - is between 1.2 and 1.5. This is slightly below last week's value of 1.3 and 1.

According to government scientific advisors, the rate of coronavirus reproduction in the UK has decreased slightly. They say the current R value – the number of people each Covid-19 patient will infect – is between 1.2 and 1.5. This is slightly below last week's value of 1.3 and 1.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has condemned the government for putting forward a vacation program that was "not generous" enough

Rishi Sunak yesterday announced the holiday brand two, which allows employees to claim up to two-thirds of their wages from the UK government if their business is about to close

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has condemned the government for putting forward a vacation program that was "not generous" enough

Doctors say masks should be mandatory inside AND outside

Face masks should be mandatory both outdoors and indoors and in workplaces where social distancing cannot be practiced, top doctors have warned.

The British Medical Association suggests that people over the age of 60, overweight, or having other health issues that make them susceptible to coronavirus should be provided with medical-grade masks in accordance with WHO guidelines.

Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, its chairman, said the government's measures to suppress Covid-19 are not working and called for further measures, including restricting alcohol sales in England and tightening the rule of six to limit the number of households in which two can mix

He also warned the public about losing confidence in existing restrictions and urged them to wear face masks outdoors where people cannot be two meters apart – including in offices and other workplaces.

Face masks are mandatory in public transport, train stations and airports, shops and cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants before you even sit down.

The BMA chief told The Times: “It cannot be easy for the public to understand what makes a difference when they are asked to wear a mask in one setting but not in another.

“It is clear that most workplaces were never designed for people who work two meters apart. The rules should be that if you are likely to interact within six feet, wear a mask indoors.

In a joint statement, the Mayors of Greater Manchester, the metropolitan areas of Sheffield and Liverpool and North Tyne said: “What the Chancellor announced today is a start, but at first glance it doesn't seem to have gone far enough to prevent this winter real difficulties, job losses and business failures. & # 39;

Industry experts also denounced the package. Greg Mulholland, Campaign for Pubs, said: “The support announced by the Chancellor is not enough to compensate for the closings of pubs.

& # 39; Many tax collectors will be forced to run into even more debt just to survive. There is real anger when pubs have worked hard to work safely. & # 39;

Meanwhile, West Yorkshire City Council leaders warned that another lockdown would have "devastating" effects on city centers and the local economy.

In a joint letter to the Chancellor and Health and Housing Secretaries on Friday, leaders said Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement that workers in companies that have to close due to the new restrictions would receive two-thirds of their wages from the Government will be preserved. not enough & # 39 ;.

They added: “The government needs to provide a substantial economic package for both levels two and three that includes grants and vacations – not just where companies are forced to close.

"With a three-tier approach, companies need significantly more support in tier two or three areas to avoid deeper economic disaster."

Chris Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs told MailOnline that tightening restrictions on closing pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants would be "counterproductive".

He pointed to the situation in Bolton, where cases have risen 39 percent to 250 per 100,000 in the past seven days, despite tightened restrictions on hospitality.

"I suspect much of the transmission over the past few weeks has come from private gatherings, many of which are technically illegal," he said, referring to infections across the country.

& # 39; The 10pm closing time resulted in more house parties and less social distancing. I don't think closed pubs will stop people from meeting for a drink. & # 39;

He added: “It is interesting that local leaders are against these measures. We have also seen this in Spain, where the Madrid government is fighting against the Spanish government.

“We don't know yet what the (UK government) announcement will look like, but you will always get cases where you have badly affected regions or cities where infections are increasing but places where infections are low .

The deputy chief medical officer warns UK hospitals of a similar number of Covid patients as the outbreak

The government's assistant chief medical officer has claimed the UK is almost back to where it was in March when coronavirus hospital admissions in England rose 50 percent in one week.

Jonathan Van-Tam told MPs that intensive care units in the Northwest could be full within three weeks as the latest figures show there are currently 3,090 Covid-19 patients being treated in English hospitals. That's only seven fewer than on March 23, when the national lockdown was imposed.

491 new patients were admitted to hospitals on Wednesday, close to 586 on March 19, a week before Boris Johnson issued his "stay home" order.

During this time, the average number of daily admissions has increased from 285 to 441, showing that hospital admissions are now on the rise as the number of cases reaches high levels.

Hospital admissions in the northwest could double every week as Professor Van-Tam said the area's intensive care beds are two to three times twice as far from capacity.

Yesterday the UK recorded 13,864 cases and 87 deaths, compared with just 74 deaths on March 19. At that point, the coronavirus epidemic was doubling every three or four days.

Official figures released yesterday show the actual number of infections has doubled to 45,000 a day in a week amid fears that the outbreak is “getting out of control”.

The north is disproportionately affected and accounts for 60 percent of hospital stays that day. This is the latest available data.

Including the Midlands, areas outside the south account for around three quarters of the approvals, which in turn draws a line through the north-south divide.

“If you use a wide brush, you are detrimental to people who do not enjoy any of the benefits. But the government decided to simplify the equation. & # 39;

Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds has said that the north of England feels "forgotten" because of the new restrictions.

“We currently have one in four people who live under localized restrictions and still come from the side of the government, for example what the Chancellor is up to. Often times, it is as if these restrictions do not exist anywhere.

The Chancellor did not mention the situation in the North and the Midlands at all in his conference speech. I had to pursue him, in fact one of his ministers came to speak in parliament. But some of these areas have been restricted for a very long time. & # 39;

A think tank has warned the program could cost the Treasury Department £ 2.4 billion in six months, on top of the billions spent during the national lockdown. The Resolution Foundation made the prediction after predicting that more than 444,000 hotel workers would qualify for the program. The second round of vacation will be reviewed in January.

Under the system, employers must continue to bear the cost of social security payments and pension contributions. There will also be more grants available up to £ 3,000 per month paid in two week installs.

It comes after slides from a government presentation to MPs of the North – which were released after it was leaked – revealed their claim that 30 percent of all coronavirus transmission could occur in pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Angry MPs blew up claims that it was an example of ministers cobbling together numbers to justify their point – ahead of the expected sweeping restrictions.

Experts from the Institute of Economics (IEA) also denied the official claim, reminding ministers that data shows that less than five percent of those contacted by NHS Test and Trace were in close contact with another person at a hotel.

They also pointed to the forced closings of restaurants in Bolton and Leicester, saying it did not stop the spread of the disease. The latest data from Public Health England shows that cases in Bolton this week rose 39 percent, with the rate rising to 250.6 per 100,000 people and in Leicester rising 35 percent to 120.2.

An economy minister yesterday defended the government's "flimsy" data, based on fewer than 100 pubs, saying he had used the "fairly representative" sample size while working in the corporate sector.

The government claimed in a private press conference yesterday that up to 30 percent of coronavirus transmission is associated with pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. The slides leaked - and today ministers decided to publish them in full. Above is one of the 13 slides from the press conference

The government claimed in a private press conference yesterday that up to 30 percent of coronavirus transmission is associated with pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. The slides leaked – and today ministers decided to publish them in full. Above is one of the 13 slides from the press conference

This slide, revealed today, was also shown at the meeting. It shows how high the infection rates are among young people

This slide, revealed today, was also shown at the meeting. It shows how high the infection rates are among young people

Nadhim Zahawi MP told LBC, “I used to work in the service industry and I can tell you if you do business surveys, 98 companies or 100 companies are actually quite a representative sample. If you hold public opinion, 1,000 interviews is a representative sample. It's actually a pretty robust sample. & # 39;

Schoolchildren are prohibited from singing Happy Birthday in the classroom because they fear that the coronavirus could spread

Schoolchildren have been banned from singing Happy Birthday in classrooms because they fear the coronavirus could spread.

The children were told to listen to the song on YouTube or hum the melody instead of singing it in some schools.

Some schools have also banned birthday cakes from home to prevent transmission of the virus.

When singing, droplets can be left in the surrounding air, which means that infectious people are at risk of spreading the virus if they open their mouths.

It has not yet been banned in all schools, but people have been banned from singing in pubs and churches.

And the prime minister's deputy spokesman has been hot on his heels when he alleged restaurants are responsible for "the highest rates of joint exposure to Covid-19, especially for those under 30".

His claim comes after angry MPs beat the government up for giving them the "early analysis" numbers and criticized officials' decision to include a three-month-old American study from which they picked the numbers, to back up their claims.

The slides labeled "Cabinet Office" also alleged that grocery stores and bars accounted for up to 41 percent of the broadcast among those under 30. However, this was in stark contrast to Public Health England's own data that only four percent of Covid-19 outbreaks are due to the venues.

The NHS coronavirus app announced yesterday that it has only sent a warning to one venue since it launched two weeks ago, despite millions of check-ins and more than 16 million downloads.

Shadow Digital Minister Chi Onwurah told Sky News that this was "a clear contradiction" to government claims that pubs are an important source and said ministers need to "get a grip".

After ministers confirmed they weren't going to close schools, experts argued that they had few options left to reduce social interaction. That's where the virus is spreading – which means the ax may fall on the hospitality sector. However, many scientists have spoken out against tightening the measures – and urged ministers to learn how to deal with the virus instead.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty yesterday informed 149 MPs from the North and Midlands that a "significant proportion" of exposure to coronavirus is in the hospitality industry.

Last orders before curfew! Boris Johnson calls the Covid Vigilantes as millions in the North and Midlands face travel bans and pub closings as No. 10 offers "money to raid" local executives – while the daily infection rate reaches 15,166 with 81 deaths

Boris Johnson's plans to introduce tough new lockdown measures in England got to the heart of the matter on Saturday as discussions between No. 10 and local leaders continued well into the evening.

Millions of people in the Midlands and the north face travel bans and pub closures. It is the responsibility of the local communities to enforce the Test and Trace program.

People could be fined for traveling between high and low risk areas or for violating self-isolation instructions.

The use of the "Covid Vigilantes" is an effective admission by Downing Street that the national program has failed.

People socializing in Newcastle city center are returning home after the 10pm curfew to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases

People socializing in Newcastle city center are returning home after the 10pm curfew to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases

Boris Johnson plans to introduce tough new lockdown measures in England. Pictured: group of friends in Liverpool city center before the 10pm curfew

Boris Johnson plans to introduce tough new lockdown measures in England. Pictured: group of friends in Liverpool city center before the 10pm curfew

Friends drank in Soho, London after a series of new restrictions were put in place in England to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

Friends drank in Soho, London after a series of new restrictions were put in place in England to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

Police were on patrol as the revelers spent the night in central Liverpool before new measures were put in place in the northwest next week

Police were on patrol as the revelers spent the night in central Liverpool before new measures were put in place in the northwest next week

Whitty's "shady dossier" on viruses spread in pubs

By Stephen Adams, medical editor for the Mail on Sunday

Thousands of pubs across the north of England could be closed on the basis of critics claiming it was a "seedy dossier" of evidence presented by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

On Thursday, Professor Whitty showed MPs data showing that 33 percent of infections can occur in pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

He went on to tell them that such facilities had a "significant proportion" of exposure to the virus.

However, conclusions were drawn from a very small sample, which has since been criticized as "incredibly thin" data and a "seedy dossier". It came from an "extended contact tracing exercise" that asked where infected people told the tracers who they met and where. This "early analysis" has not yet been published.

When two infected people told the tracers they had been to a venue for the past week, it was taken as evidence – but not evidence – that the virus may have been transmitted between them. However, with the methodology used, the two people need not have been at the venue at the same time.

In the study, there were 98 cases where two or more people told contact tracers they had been to the same pub, which is 22 percent of the potential exposure cases. On a further 67 occasions, meetings between two infected people took place in cafes, bars and restaurants, accounting for an additional 11 percent of the exposure incidents.

The results seem to contradict those from many other studies, including NHS test and trace data, which suggests that most infections occur at home.

Test and trace numbers show that less than five percent of the transmissions take place in pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Ministers are considering much stricter restrictions on pubs in areas with high infection rates, where thousands of pubs in the north of England will have to close in the coming days.

One Conservative MP said: "It is clear that the data to justify further action is incredibly thin."

Christopher Snowden of the Institute of Economic Affairs said, "A seedy dossier that Chris Whitty passed around privately is just not good enough."

The complications could also lead to a staggered implementation of various measures, possibly on a postcode basis.

As an incentive for local executives to work together, the Treasury Department will provide financial incentives known as "raid cash".

Mr Johnson will be speaking to MPs tomorrow in a speech that will outline the details of a new three-tier local lockdown system.

The Prime Minister's advisor Sir Eddie Lister held talks with local leaders in the affected areas on Saturday. According to one source, the negotiations focused on the severity of the measures.

It has been suggested that in Merseyside, one of the worst hit places – with 600 cases per 100,000 – all pubs and bars would be closed under Tier 3 measures, but restaurants would be allowed to stay open.

This created a tense exchange about the definition of a restaurant as opposed to a pub where food is served.

Heads of state and government are being encouraged by No. 10 to work with the plans, which could go into effect as early as Wednesday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also urged the Prime Minister to show "restraint" about the new lockdown.

The couple held a meeting on Downing Street Thursday at which Mr. Sunak allegedly "forensically" disassembled the data provided by government scientists to justify a tough lockdown.

During the exchange, which lasted late into the evening, Mr. Sunak – a "hawk" increasingly concerned about the economic damage caused by the Covid rules – pointed out that restaurant closings calls for flawed ones and patchy information was based on just 98 pubs and 67 cafes and restaurants.

In the UK, 15,166 new positive cases were registered on Saturday, up from 13,864 on Friday.

The number of deaths rose 81 to 42,760.

Last Sunday the daily number hit a high of 22,961 after a bug in the way the tests were calculated added nearly 16,000 disregarded positive tests to that day's total.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham warned that many will face "grave difficulties" as part of the government's financial support package to businesses forced to close.

During a press conference with other northern leaders, Mr Burnham said the measures Mr Sunak presented on Friday were "inadequate" and had been told by No. 10 that the proposed aid was "non-negotiable".

Mr Burnham and Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotheram, along with Mayors from Sheffield and North of Tyne, have written to MPs in the north of England asking them to request a separate vote on – and to reject – the Chancellor's latest package.

A "union" of North Conservative MPs was set up to put pressure on the government to keep its promises to "upgrade" the region.

Twenty-seven Tory MPs have joined the Northern Research Group, led by former Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry.

Last night's anti-lockdown MPs said ministers were keen to convey that they are "optimistic" about getting a vaccine. The plan to resume normal life depends on its being passed down to the most vulnerable – something they cherish. "six months & # 39 ;.

It has been proposed that in Merseyside (above, in Liverpool city center) all pubs and bars be closed as part of Tier 3 measures, but that restaurants may remain open

Police were on patrol as the revelers spent the night in central Liverpool before new measures were put in place in the northwest next week

Police were on patrol as the revelers spent the night in central Liverpool before new measures were put in place in the northwest next week

Mr Burnham has written to MPs in the north of England asking them to request a separate vote on the Chancellor’s latest package - and to reject it

Mr Burnham has written to MPs in the north of England asking them to request a separate vote on the Chancellor’s latest package – and to reject it

People socializing in Liverpool city center ahead of the 10 p.m. curfew that pubs and restaurants are exposed to to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

People socializing in Liverpool city center ahead of the 10 p.m. curfew that pubs and restaurants are exposed to to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

Increasing hospital numbers

The surge in Britons being treated with coronavirus in hospital is partly due to catching it in the wards, the latest numbers available show.

The number of hospital cases rose from 2,396 to 3,660 between September 30 and October 7, an increase of 52 percent.

However, separate statistics show that nearly one in five with the virus in the hospital tested positive for seven days or more after admission – meaning it was caught there.

The results suggest that Covid-19 hospital stays caused by outbreaks in the community may not increase as quickly as some fear.

According to health authorities, the increase in approvals was greatest in the north west of England. However, the total number of virus patients in UK hospitals is still a fraction of the April high of 19,849.

The optimistic view is that this rollout can be done by Easter and the pessimistic view is that it will be until next summer, said a Tory MP.

"The strategy is twofold: suppress the virus down to a vaccine and protect the NHS," said one MP.

"The economy cannot be sustained in aspic (until a vaccine comes out)."

The government has announced that it will present the new lockdown measures to parliament this week.

A vote on the curfew at 10 p.m. is already scheduled for Tuesday, although the chairman of the lower house, Jacob Rees-Mogg, is expected to make a statement outside the house tomorrow changing the scheduled votes for the week.

Conservative backers who are dissatisfied with the lockdown guidelines are not planning a rebellion, however.

Several MPs said Sir Keir Starmer's decision not to vote against the government on the curfew means most Conservatives will not break ranks in the face of a likely government victory.

Mr Sunak's meeting with Mr Johnson came after Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told North and Midlands MPs that a "significant proportion" of coronavirus exposure was due to the hospitality sector. 32 percent of the broadcasts could take place in pubs. Bars, cafes and restaurants and only 2.6 percent in the apartment.

However, NHS Test and Trace numbers show that 75.3 percent of broadcasts are in the home and only 5.5 percent in pubs, restaurants and churches.

Professor Whitty's deputy Jonathan Van-Tam also told MPs last week that "the 10pm curfew is better than 2am – but not as good as 6pm".

One MP said: “It was clear that some things are just not his problem.

& # 39; It's not his problem to test the viability of restaurants. We encounter hospitality because we can, because we cannot close schools. & # 39;

Two girls in strikingly similar outfits carried their drinks through the streets in Liverpool before stricter coronavirus restrictions were imposed

Two girls in strikingly similar outfits carried their drinks through the streets in Liverpool before stricter coronavirus restrictions were imposed

Police officers patrolled Soho in central London after a series of new restrictions were put in place in England to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

Police officers patrolled Soho in central London after a series of new restrictions were put in place in England to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

A girl was carried through the streets of Liverpool city center by a friend before a 10 p.m. curfew, which pubs and restaurants are subject to, to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

A girl was carried through the streets of Liverpool city center by a friend before a 10 p.m. curfew, which pubs and restaurants are subject to, to combat the surge in coronavirus cases

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