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Priti Patel is defending the police for "strong enforcement" of the Covid rules


What is a "reasonable excuse" to go outside?

According to the rules in England, you are not allowed to leave your home or be outside of your home unless you have a "reasonable excuse". This is regulated by law. The police can take action against you if you leave the house without a “reasonable apology” and impose a fine (permanent criminal complaint). You can get a fixed fine of £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.

A "reasonable apology" includes:

  • Work – You can only leave home for work if it is inappropriate for you to do your work from home
  • Volunteering – You can also leave home to do volunteer or community service
  • Essential Activities – You can leave home to buy things in stores or get services. You can also leave home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person, or someone who is self-isolating
  • Education and Child Care – You can only leave home for education, registered child care, and supervised activities for children that you are eligible to attend.
  • Meeting with Others and Care – You can leave the house to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally allowed to form one) to provide informal child care to children under the age of 14 as part of a child care bubble (e.g. to enable parents to work), to look after disabled or vulnerable people
  • Exercise – You can continue to exercise alone, with someone else, or with your household or support bladder, and not outside of your area. The government advises you to exercise only once a day, but the law doesn't restrict it.
  • Medical Reasons – You can leave home for medical reasons, including a COVID-19 test for medical appointments and emergencies
  • Harm and Compassionate Visits – You can leave the house to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness, or to avoid the risk of harm (such as domestic violence).
  • You can also leave the house to visit someone who is dying, someone in a nursing home (if this is permitted under the guidance of the nursing home), a hospice or hospital, or to accompany them to a doctor's appointment
  • Animal welfare reasons – You can leave your home for animal welfare reasons, e.g. B. To contact a veterinary service for advice or treatment
  • Communal Worship and Life Events – You can leave home to attend or attend a place of worship for communal worship, funeral or event related to a death, burial site or memorial garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony.

There are other reasonable excuses.

For example, you may leave your home to comply with legal obligations or to engage in activities related to buying, selling, renting or renting a residential property, or when it is reasonable to vote in an election or referendum. In Scotland, coronavirus legislation gives the police the power to force people into people's homes if a “reasoned suspicion” rule is violated. In England, however, they can only enter under "exceptional circumstances" even if they believe someone inside is contagious. Otherwise they need an arrest warrant.

Hordes of people flocked to beaches and city centers today despite Boris Johnson asking families to stay home as the death toll at the coronavirus hospital reached 573 – the highest Sunday in seven months.

Visitors were seen strolling on a crowded beach at Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside.

The parking lots in the area were at full capacity when the families came for a Sunday stroll to the beauty spot on the coast.

It's unclear if everyone who visits the busy beach lives on-site, although new government guidelines dictate that sports must be done in the area on a daily basis.

And in London, crowds of people were seen walking down Hampstead High Street.

Long lines of warmly wrapped people came from food stalls and cafes in the area.

Under current rules in England, people are not allowed to leave their homes unless they have a “reasonable excuse” – including movement.

Citizens are allowed to train with another person or with their household or their support bubble, but not outside their region.

It's unclear whether everyone lives locally on the crowded Tyneside Beach or has had to drive remotely.

The UK reported the highest number of hospital deaths in seven months on a Sunday, according to The Mirror.

England had 508 deaths, Scotland three, Wales 45 and Northern Ireland 17.

That is an increase of 60 deaths from last Sunday's reporting and an increase of 207 deaths from December 27th.

That number is a big jump compared to previous Sundays when 448 were recorded on January 3rd and 301 on December 27th.

Today's death toll is the highest Sunday increase since May 3.

The dismal number means the total number of hospital deaths is now 65,972.

Priti Patel was defending police today as they began strict enforcement of Covid rules, which include fines of £ 200 and less tolerance for rule violations.

The Home Secretary warned officials "will not hesitate" to take action as the rising number of new Covid-19 cases proved the need for "strong enforcement" in cases where people were clearly breaking the rules .

Police tactics came under scrutiny after Derbyshire police fined two women who were driving separately £ 200 for walking in a remote beauty spot about five miles from their homes.

It comes after footage of three police officers surrounding a woman for allegedly leaving her home more than once a day.

Another four officers appear to be arresting another woman for claiming to be sitting on a seaside bench in Bournemouth.

Armed forces across England have urged people to stay home and not travel as they continue to violate Covid rules.

Several police officers released the news Saturday as doctors said coronavirus pressures on the NHS could get worse in the coming weeks.

Ms. Patel said, “Our police officers work tirelessly to protect us. Not only do they continue to bring criminals off our streets, but they also play a vital role in controlling the spread of the virus.

& # 39; The vast majority of the public endorsed this enormous national effort and followed the rules.

"However, the tragic number of new cases and deaths this week shows that when people are clearly breaking these rules, strong enforcement remains necessary to ensure our country recovers from this deadly virus."

Crowds flocked to beaches and town centers today, despite Boris Johnson asking families to stay home as the coronavirus hospital death toll reached 573 – the highest Sunday in seven months. Pictured: visitors on Tynemouth Longsands beach

Hordes of visitors were seen strolling on the beach at Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside. The area parking lots were full when the families came to the seaside beauty spot for a Sunday stroll

Hordes of visitors were seen strolling on the beach at Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside. The area parking lots were full when the families came to the seaside beauty spot for a Sunday stroll

Swarms of people have descended on the beach in Tyneside today

Swarms of people have descended on the beach in Tyneside today

The parking near the beach in Tyneside was at full capacity - although it is unclear whether all visitors were from the area

The parking near the beach in Tyneside was at full capacity – although it is unclear whether all visitors were from the area

And in London, crowds of people were seen walking down Hampstead High Street. Long lines of warmly wrapped people came from food stalls and cafes in the area

And in London, crowds of people were seen walking down Hampstead High Street. Long lines of warmly wrapped people came from food stalls and cafes in the area

On Hampstead High Street, people line up for crepes in freezing temperatures

On Hampstead High Street, people line up for crepes in freezing temperatures

People in Hampstead line up in front of the food stalls on Sunday

People in Hampstead line up in front of the food stalls on Sunday

A mounted policeman speaks to a passerby as she walks through Hyde Park on Sunday

A mounted policeman speaks to a passerby as she walks through Hyde Park on Sunday

People in Hampstead stand in line at a coffee shop while doing sports every day

People in Hampstead stand in line at a coffee shop while doing sports every day

People were seen walking around Hampstead today

People were seen walking around Hampstead today

Many people have gone to the beach in North Tyneside today for a walk

Many people have gone to the beach in North Tyneside today for a walk

A police officer speaks to a man who is sitting on a bench in Hyde Park

A police officer speaks to a man who is sitting on a bench in Hyde Park

Police speak to people who sat on a bench in Hyde Park today

Police speak to people who sat on a bench in Hyde Park today

A police officer cycles through Hyde Park as people do their daily exercises

A police officer cycles through Hyde Park as people do their daily exercises

Mounted police inspect the crowd in front of Rossett Park Stadium in Liverpool for the Emirates FA Cup third round game

Mounted police inspect the crowd in front of Rossett Park Stadium in Liverpool for the Emirates FA Cup third round game

Crowds watch the Navy team bus arrive outside the Liverpool stadium

Crowds watch the Navy team bus arrive outside the Liverpool stadium

Police officers speak to a cyclist in Greenwich on Sunday

Police officers speak to a cyclist in Greenwich on Sunday

Crowds of people were seen today walking through Victoria Park in east London

Crowds of people were seen today walking through Victoria Park in east London

Large crowds could be seen today in Victoria Park in east London

Large crowds could be seen today in Victoria Park in east London

Hordes of fans show their support as they wait outside the stadium before the FA Cup third round game between Marine and Tottenham Hotspur at Rossett Park

Hordes of fans show their support as they wait outside the stadium before the FA Cup third round game between Marine and Tottenham Hotspur at Rossett Park

People line up for pancakes in Hampstead

People line up for pancakes in Hampstead

“Enforcing these rules saves lives. It's that simple. Officials will continue to engage with the public across the country and will not hesitate to take action if necessary. & # 39;

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky & # 39; s Ridge on Sunday that more people are obeying the rules than when they were locked down in November, but added, “I will definitely be backing the police. The challenge here is that any flex can be fatal.

& # 39; You could look at the rules and think & # 39; & # 39; Well it doesn't matter so much whether I do this or that & # 39; & # 39; but these rules are not there as boundaries to be moved, they are the boundary of what people should do. & # 39;

In other developments:

  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the introduction of two million rapid "lateral flow" tests for anyone in England who has to leave home to work to find the estimated of three asymptomatic "silent spreaders".
  • The UK's Covid death toll topped 80,000 after a further 1,035 deaths yesterday, adding to fears that the total will exceed 100,000 by the end of the month.
  • The number of people who tested positive for coronavirus rose 59,937 yesterday, 3.8 percent more than last Saturday but by 8,000 the day before.
  • Downing Street is expected to postpone local elections from May to fall due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.
  • An expert study concluded that there is no clear evidence that closing schools can reduce the spread of the coronavirus, despite the fact that the government on Tuesday claimed it had no choice but to shut down the education system.
  • It became known that some state school principals blocked live online classes as it was an invasion of teachers' privacy when Tory MPs urged Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to use Margaret Thatcher's tough approach to striking miners in the 1980s teaching unions with imitation militants;
  • Scientists advising the government claimed lockdown measures needed to be stricter in England – some called for "Asian" curbs – as current rules "still allow a lot of activity for the virus to spread";
  • However, "Professor Lockdown" Neil Ferguson said high infection rates and the introduction of mass vaccines in the UK could bring herd immunity to coronavirus that was achieved before the end of the year – meaning a return to normal by autumn;
  • Tory MP Andrew Bridgen urged Derbyshire police to overturn the £ 200 fines handed to friends Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore who had driven five miles to walk at a beauty spot.
  • British vacationers have been warned that if they fail a Covid test they will need to be quarantined abroad for up to a fortnight as they prepare to fly home.
  • Experts said travelers from South Africa would take indirect flights to the UK to evade the travel ban.
Pictures were taken of three police officers who surrounded a woman for allegedly leaving her house more than once a day

Another four officers appear to be arresting another woman for claiming to be sitting on a bench by the sea

Pictures were taken of three police officers who surrounded a woman because they had allegedly left her house more than once a day (left). Another four officers appear to be arresting another woman for claiming she was sitting on a seaside bench (right).

Police ride in Hyde Park in central London today as police crack down on violations of lockdown rules which can be fined up to £ 200

Police ride in Hyde Park in central London today as police crack down on violations of lockdown rules which can be fined up to £ 200

Ms. Patel said: "The tragic number of new cases and deaths this week shows that strong enforcement is still needed when people are clearly breaking these rules to ensure we protect our country's recovery from this deadly virus. "

Ms. Patel said: "The tragic number of new cases and deaths this week shows that strong enforcement is still needed when people are clearly breaking these rules to ensure we protect our country's recovery from this deadly virus. "

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky & # 39; s Ridge on Sunday, "I will definitely be supporting the police." Any flex can be fatal ... these rules are not intended to be used as a limit, they are the limit of what you should do. & # 39;

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky & # 39; s Ridge on Sunday: “I will definitely be supporting the police. Any flex can be fatal … these rules are not intended to be used as a limit, they are the limit of what you should do. & # 39;

Many people in Hampstead, north London, have decided to do sports and shop important things at the same time today

Many people in Hampstead, north London, have decided to do sports and shop important things at the same time today

Covid vaccine could become an annual event like a flu shot, Hancock says

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was "very likely" that people will be vaccinated against Covid annually, as with the flu.

He told Sky News & # 39; Sophy Ridge on Sunday programming: & # 39; I think it is very likely that there will be a double vaccination program for flu and Covid for the foreseeable future, in the medium term. & # 39;

He added: “The flu vaccination rates are at their highest level ever. Over 80 percent of those over 65 were vaccinated against the flu this year. That is the biggest increase, a jump compared to the previous year when it was around 70 percent.

& # 39; That is very good news. This is good news for two reasons. First, to protect people from the flu, and second, because it shows that the vast majority of people over 65 are willing to get vaccinated. & # 39;

The health minister said the government is well on track to meet its target of 13 million people vaccinated by mid-February.

He said to Ridge, “Yes, we are on course. The current rate cap is supply, but that is increasing.

“I am very happy to say that currently more than 200,000 people are vaccinated every day.

“We've now vaccinated around a third of the 80+ year olds in this country, so we're making significant progress, but there is more expansion.

& # 39; We're opening mass vaccination centers this week. Big locations for example on the Epsom racetrack, seven will go live this week and more will follow next week where we will get through a very large number of people. & # 39;

The National Board of Police Chiefs' new guidelines, released on Wednesday, according to the Sunday Telegraph, said: "Officers should continue to engage the public and explain changes. If necessary, they should encourage compliance.

“However, if the individual or group does not respond appropriately, enforcement can be done without repeated attempts to encourage people to obey the law.

& # 39; We police with consent. The first police response should be to encourage voluntary compliance. "

The previous guidance issued on December 9th stated, “We monitor with consent. The first police response should be to encourage voluntary compliance. "

A Home Office source told the Telegraph Police that they would be "walking down the aisles" and warned, "We will see a faster enforcement move."

& # 39; Over 1,000 people died yesterday. It is important that everyone obey the rules. The rules have been around long enough.

"If there was a shooter who killed 1,000 people across the country yesterday and the government said, 'Stay home,' everyone would say, 'OK, I'll do that, I'm not going to have coffee with some friends and go round this Land around park & ​​# 39;. & # 39;

A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council said: "We have instructed officers since October to impose fines faster if people are clearly violating Covid's rules and not listening to encouragement.

& # 39; This approach continues into this dangerous phase of the pandemic. There is no specific rule for the number of warnings officers should give – officers continue to use their judgment. & # 39;

The new rules were shown in full on Saturday when a woman was surrounded by three police officers who claimed she had left her home more than once.

The woman, joined by an elderly man, bursts into tears as police interrogate her for allegedly violating the Bournemouth lockdown.

Another three officers appear to be arresting another woman for claiming she was sitting on a bench by the sea.

There are about ten soldiers on patrol who are apparently more pedestrians.

One officer told the first woman, “At the moment you are allowed to exercise once a day.

"You were filmed in the city center and here today, walking up and down."

Another officer shows her the rules she allegedly broke on a cell phone, but she interrupts when she hears the words "anti-social".

She asks: "Am I acting unsocially." The man with her asks: "What is anti-social?"

The officer, who was wearing a face covering, continues, but the woman starts crying and wipes her eyes.

She says: "How did I behave anti-social? I sat on a bench and drank a cup of coffee, that's not anti-social."

The policewoman says: "You are acting anti-social", to which the woman replies: "Well, you are provoking me."

They continue to argue and the woman refuses to give the officer her details when asked.

Meanwhile, the cameraman goes to another part of the promenade where a woman is tied up by four different officers.

The filmmaker asks, “What's going on, why are you putting your hands behind her back? What are you doing? & # 39;

The woman, who wears glasses and a long red coat, says, “I was sitting on a bench. I was sitting on a bench. & # 39;

The four officers handcuff her away while other pedestrians ask why they think it is necessary.

The footage ends when the second woman is led to a police car while the first continues to argue with the police.

The Dorset police have been asked for a comment.

Elsewhere, key workers became the first to be vaccinated against coronavirus at a mass vaccine center in Newcastle as the government accelerated the distribution of the bumps in hopes of ending the lockdown by spring.

The people were injected on Saturday at the Life Science Center in Newcastle – one of seven centers due to be open to the elderly and the vulnerable on Monday.

It comes after Boris Johnson promised to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people a day by Friday with a goal of dying 13 million people before Easter, which can ease lockdown restrictions considerably.

The mass vaccination centers in Newcastle, Manchester, London, Stevenage, Surrey, Bristol and Birmingham can treat up to four people per minute and will work with family doctor practices and other facilities to meet the prime minister's ambitious goal.

The new rules were shown in full on Saturday when a woman was surrounded by three police officers who claimed she had left her home more than once

Another woman, who wears glasses and a long red coat, says, “I was sitting on a bench. I sat on a bench & # 39;

The new rules were shown in full on Saturday when a woman was surrounded by three police officers who claimed she had left her home more than once (left). Right: Another woman, wearing glasses and a long red coat, says: “I was sitting on a bench. I sat on a benc & # 39;

The footage ends when the second woman is led to a police car while the first continues to argue with the police

The footage ends when the second woman is led to a police car while the first continues to argue with the police

The crackdown comes amid scientists calling for even tighter restrictions as No10 pushes an intimidating new advertising campaign to halt the rising number of coronavirus cases across the country.

In a powerful article in the Sunday Times England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty blown coronavirus rule breakers as a "link in a chain" that enables the deadly virus to infect and kill elderly and vulnerable people.

“We have to stay at home except for work, exercise and necessary activities. Any unnecessary interaction you have could be that link in the chain of transmission that a vulnerable person ends up with, ”he wrote.

The country has two weeks before hospitals are likely to be overwhelmed, Prof. Whitty added, as the nation finds itself in the "most dangerous situation" in the history of life.

While former WHO director Anthony Costello said the UK must now go into an Asian-style lockdown with kindergartens and places of worship closed, hotels have ordered isolation centers and masks to be worn in every public space, experts have warned.

On Friday, Derbyshire police came under fire for pushing the lockdown too far after officers attacked two friends for driving only seven miles to walk at a beauty spot.

Vacationers are trapped in their hotel rooms abroad under new rules, preventing British tourists from traveling home if they fail a Covid test

Vacationers could be trapped in hotel rooms overseas for two weeks due to new rules preventing UK tourists from traveling home if they test positive for Covid-19.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps will be introducing legislation this week to force travelers to deliver a negative test result no older than 72 hours before boarding a plane, boat or train to the UK.

However, Brits who test positive at the end of their vacation or business trip must follow the country's local quarantine rules. This can take up to two weeks to settle in a hotel room in Italy, Spain and Dubai.

Travel expert Alex Macheras told The Mail on Sunday, "People need to remember that if you test positive in a foreign country, you are bound by their local laws and may need to be quarantined for up to two weeks."

In Italy, travelers must test negative twice before being released from the country's two-week quarantine. Dubai also has two-week isolation orders for infected people.

Spain has banned British tourists from flying there, but those already in the country can fly home. If they test positive, they must be quarantined at their hotel or vacation rental for 14 days.

Mr Macheras said, "When people travel in a global pandemic, they have to accept that there will be disruption and that your trip may take much longer than planned."

As of Thursday, all travelers will be required to present a negative test before arriving in the UK to prevent the spread of new variants of Covid. Results must be available less than 72 hours before departure, with a £ 500 fine for those breaking the rules.

It has been feared that if strict border controls remain in place once travel is reopened, vacationers will have to pay hundreds of pounds for costly testing both before departure and on return, potentially discouraging many families from travel.

Tour operators like Thomas Cook are considering offering testing as part of their package tours.

As a result, the "intimidating" force is reviewing its Covid operations after gaining clarity on the rules. West Mercia police also ridiculed for threatening to fined £ 200 for playing in the snow.

Even so, the message from government sources yesterday was that the police should focus more on enforcing than explaining rules, now, almost 10 months after the first restrictions came into effect.

In Lincoln, police fined a Chesterfield man who had set a personal goal of trying to go to every football field in the country despite clear rules about staying at home.

The driver was stopped near the cathedral by officials on Friday after a system check revealed the vehicle was registered at an address outside of Lincolnshire.

When asked what he was doing, the police were confused by his reaction.

Sgt Mike Templeman wrote on Twitter: & # 39; The vehicle was stopped when it was registered in Chesterfield.

& # 39; The driver said he had a road trip to soccer fields across the country after leaving Chesterfield yesterday.

“You just couldn't make it up. Covid-19 parking tickets issued along with the strongest advice. & # 39;

Elsewhere, Norfolk Police announced that a couple had traveled 130 miles from their home in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire to Horsey on Thursday to visit a seal colony.

Local officials patrolling around 4 p.m. approached the couple in the beach parking lot after vehicle controls revealed the car was registered at an address outside of the county.

The man and woman, both in their fifties, admitted they had traveled to see the seals and both received a solid sentence, the troop said.

In London, officials also handed out fines to a gym owner who broke the lockdown rules, as well as the organizer of a party that was so loud that the music could be heard across the street.

And in Essex, police caught a group driving 15 miles to meet in a rural area.

The call for more enforcement has been reiterated earlier by Wiltshire Police Chief Kier Pritchard, who wrote in the Gazette and Herald: “Although we will continue to monitor the police with consent and in an appropriate manner, my officers will be much quicker to confront People who clearly break the rules ignore enforcement.

So far, the police force has focused on engagement, stepping up messaging in our communities, and encouraging the public to abide by it primarily and only return to enforcement when we are subjected to deliberate or repeated violations.

"We will continue to work with our communities, but my officials will quickly move on to enforcement against those who openly break the rules."

The change in approach comes when Boris Johnson asked families to stay home last night as the Covid-19 death toll hit a new record. The government launched a new campaign blitz to get people to abide by the lockdown rules.

UK Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty has appeared in advertisements urging us to stay home as the new variant of the virus has spread across the country.

Two terrifying new posters also show a patient dying in hospital and a health care worker wearing full PPE, warning the British, “If you go out, you can spread it. People will die. & # 39;

East London police came across a party in an apartment with music loud enough to be heard across the street and disturbed neighbors at 2am. Seven people were fined and scattered for violating Covid restrictions

East London police came across a party in an apartment with music loud enough to be heard across the street and disturbed neighbors at 2am. Seven people were fined and scattered for violating Covid restrictions

In Lincoln, police fined a Chesterfield man who had set a personal goal of trying to go to every football field in the country despite clear rules about staying at home

In Lincoln, police fined a Chesterfield man who had set a personal goal of trying to go to every football field in the country despite clear rules about staying at home

Norfolk Police announced that a couple had traveled 130 miles from their home in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire to Horsey on Thursday to visit a seal colony

Norfolk Police announced that a couple had traveled 130 miles from their home in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire to Horsey on Thursday to visit a seal colony

In Essex police said: "Please note that driving to a remote location 15 miles from your house with a yard to meet your friends and take pictures of your car is not on the list of reasons is to leave your home. "

In Essex police said: "Please note that driving to a remote location 15 miles from your house with a yard to meet your friends and take pictures of your car is not on the list of reasons is to leave your home. "

Doctors in crowded London hospitals must make decisions about who will be treated in intensive care and prioritize young people with the highest chance of survival.

Doctors in overstretched London hospitals have begun "testing" coronavirus patients to decide who will receive intensive care as doctors warn that the NHS is reaching the point where it is "simply unable to do it." deal ".

Doctors in the capital said a critical shortage of beds meant some hospitals were putting in place emergency policies to prioritize treatment for patients with the best chance of survival. This means that younger patients who are more likely to survive are offered critical care compared to older patients who are less likely to survive.

And ICUs on the UK frontline of Covid are "extremely concerned" that the total number of cases will continue to rise until the NHS "just can't cope" as the UK continues to breach the lockdown. Data shows that only 30 percent of people with Covid symptoms actually have to stay home, get work, take responsibility, or buy supplies to force them out.

Intensive care adviser Professor Rupert Pearse, who works at the Royal London Hospital in the hardest-hit capital, said the British are not following the rules as if they were "in the first wave" and putting enormous pressure on the already overwhelmed healthcare system. Dr. Katharina Hauck of Imperial College London Medical School said: “Hospitals in London are overwhelmed, which is a dangerous situation for any patient in need of urgent care … Unfortunately, some hospitals are now being forced to … follow emergency triage of all patients who need intensive care.

“Effective application of these guidelines means that patients under 65 who are not frail have priority care over the elderly and frail patients. Frail patients would be cared for in a general ward with less intensive care. & # 39;

And the vice chairman of the British Medical Association's advisory committee said the recent wave of Covid infections will only get worse. He said that up to three patients per critical care nurse, critical health services are being "thinly and thinly distributed" rather than the usual standard of individual care.

Susan Michie, a professor of health psychology at University College London who advises the SAGE committee of experts, said earlier Saturday that 90% of the national lockdown had been respected, but that busy roads and public transport were due to government orders.

She told BBC Radio Four's Today program, "One of the explanations for this is that this is a pretty lax ban because we still have a lot of household contact. People go in and out of other people's homes when they do are cleaner. " a non-essential trader or a nanny.

“We also have mass gatherings related to religious events and open kindergartens, and you have this broad definition of critical worker, so we currently have 30-50% of the classes full and use public transport to get to and from these things a lot.

& # 39; It's definitely too loose. If you compare yourself to March, it's winter season and the virus survives longer in the cold. Plus, people spend more time indoors. We now know that indoor aerosol transmission is a very large source of transmission for this virus.

Second, we have this new variant that is 50-70% more contagious. You put those two things together with the NHS in the crisis. We should have a stricter lockdown, not a less stringent lockdown that we had in March. & # 39;

However, Prof. Michie said that in order to get people to abide by the rules, a more positive approach must be taken rather than stricter enforcement.

"What we know from this pandemic is what really motivates people to know that there is a really serious threat, to know that what they are doing can make a difference, and to know what they are doing, to protect other people and their communities.

& # 39; SAGE's Behavioral Committee consistently says what we need is more support and empowerment for people to keep themselves up, not punishment. For example, an area where compliance is really poor and that has been continuous needs to be isolated at home for the next 10 days.

& # 39; Our own data shows that only 30% of people with symptoms stay at home. The reasons given are because they may have caring duties outside of the home, may need provisions, or, importantly, they may need to go to work for income.

“To be effective, you need to have people that people trust and identify with. Yes, experts and scholars are much more trusted than politicians, but we should also think of people from our own communities who are respected, especially young men who find compliance the most difficult, and think about who they identify with and with respect, and that is often sports personalities, singers, people from film and television.

"We should be a lot more creative and resourceful about the kind of people who speak up."

Key worker Mark Reid from North Shields receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Newcastle

Key worker Mark Reid from North Shields receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Newcastle

Alex Morton, 27, from Cramlington, receives her Covid-19 vaccine along with other health and social workers at the Life Science Center in Newcastle

Alex Morton, 27, from Cramlington, receives her Covid-19 vaccine along with other health and social workers at the Life Science Center in Newcastle

A healthcare professional prepares a dose of Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for health and social care workers in the Life Science Center of the International Center for Life in Newcastle

A healthcare professional prepares a dose of Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for health and social care workers in the Life Science Center of the International Center for Life in Newcastle

Three face-masked police officers interview a man sitting on a bench in St. James & # 39; s Park in central London this morning

Three face-masked police officers interview a man sitting on a bench in St. James & # 39; s Park in central London this morning

Wiltshire Police Chief Kier Pritchard warned that officers would step up enforcement in the coming weeks

Wiltshire Police Chief Kier Pritchard warned that officers would step up enforcement in the coming weeks

However, Prof. Susan Michie said that in order to get people to abide by the rules, a more positive approach must be taken than stricter enforcement

However, Prof. Susan Michie said that in order to get people to abide by the rules, a more positive approach must be taken than stricter enforcement

Good for soccer fans who tried to visit every place in the country despite the lockdown

A man was fined for breaking the rules after deciding to visit every soccer field in the country – despite a ban in place.

Currently, people are discouraged from traveling to another county unless the reason is work or a situation that is considered "essential".

It is clear, however, that a man from Chesterfield, Derbyshire did not receive the news.

The driver was stopped by police in Lincoln near the cathedral on Friday after a system check revealed the vehicle was registered at an address outside of Lincolnshire.

When asked what he was doing, the police were confused by his reaction.

Sgt Mike Templeman wrote on Twitter: & # 39; The vehicle was stopped when it was registered in Chesterfield.

& # 39; The driver said he had a road trip to soccer fields across the country after leaving Chesterfield yesterday.

“You just couldn't make it up.

"Covid-19 parking tickets issued along with the strongest advice."

The news of the man's action did not go down well with many people in the county.

Gary Panter tweeted, “Don't people see the consequences of their actions?

“Not only will you be fined, but you are also at risk of spreading the virus.

"Some people should really bob their heads against a wall a little more."

Nick Hudson wrote, “It's crazy that people like this are the reason the situation in this country is so bad.

“Not only that, but they put you at an additional risk of having to deal with them. Stay safe out there, pace. & # 39;

Another person on the website by the name of Jo added, “Honestly, we'll be level 7, 8, 9 and 10 soon if people like this keep going. Lord God. & # 39;

The incident came after the NPCC announced that there had been more than 300 violations in the county in the past year.

The owners of a London gym were also fined for violating the Covid-19 rules for staying open during the lockdown.

The Metropolitan Police said officials were called to the fitness center on Stean Street in Hackney on Friday to report a rule violation.

Officials found that the northeast London gym was open and three people were inside just before 9:30 a.m.

The owners have been issued a fixed £ 1,000 fine, the Met said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" in the capital as the spread of the coronavirus threatens to "overwhelm" hospitals.

City Hall said the Covid-19 cases in London exceeded 1,000 per 100,000, while 35% more people are hospitalized with the virus than at the height of the pandemic in April.

Numbers released by NHS England on Friday showed the number of Covid patients in London hospitals stands at 7,277, a 32% increase from the previous week.

The Met's Chief Inspector Pete Shaw said, “While there are certain rules that allow people to exercise in public under this ban, nowhere in the law does it allow people to go to gyms to exercise.

“Those who break the rules, as in this case, should expect the necessary enforcement action to be taken against them.

"We are grateful that the vast majority of people continue to follow the guidelines and do their part to reduce the infection rate."

Elsewhere, Greater Manchester Police have asked people to report non-emergencies online as a number of communications workers are self-isolating.

Police said a number of staff from the operational communications department (OCB) who received 101 calls were forced to self-isolate for Covid-19 reasons, and staff from the transportation unit assisted the department with calls.

Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Bailey said, “All of our employees at OCB have worked extremely hard during this pandemic to keep the communities in Greater Manchester safe, and our technology has made it possible for many to work from home.

“However, some of our officials and employees are inevitably affected by the ongoing pandemic and may need to self-isolate to keep themselves, their colleagues and the public safe. We support you in this.

& # 39; We therefore had to redeploy some of our resources from the transport unit to temporarily support colleagues in OCB.

“Answering calls from members of the public is vital, and moving officials to the department can help us perform our normal service. For this reason, we continue to ask the public to report non-emergencies online whenever possible. & # 39;

Last night, West Mercia Police's Broseley and Much Wenlock tweeted: “There were two reports of snowballs being thrown between 11pm and 11:30 pm last night.

"This is obviously not a legitimate reason not to be home. This behavior is likely to result in a fixed £ 200 fine for violating the lockdown rules."

Meanwhile, Derbyshire Police fined British Airways beautician Jessica Allen and her flight attendant, Eliza Moore, £ 200 each for taking a socially distant walk on Foremark Reservoir which, although not their closest park is only 10 minutes from your home.

The decision to punish her will have "damaged" public perceptions of law enforcement, a former police chief said.

Broseley and Much Wenlock neighborhood officials tweeted Thursday night: "There were two reports of snowballs thrown between 11pm and 11.30pm last night."

Broseley and Much Wenlock neighborhood officials tweeted Thursday night: "There were two reports of snowballs thrown between 11pm and 11.30pm last night."

Jessica Allen (left) and Eliza Moore were stopped by Derbyshire Police officers while they were enjoying a socially distant stroll at a Derbyshire beauty spot

Jessica Allen (left) and Eliza Moore were stopped by Derbyshire Police officers while they were enjoying a socially distant stroll at a Derbyshire beauty spot

Jessica Allen

Eliza Moore

Ms. Allen (left) and Ms. Moore (right) were taking a walk in Foremark Reservoir as they were surrounded by Derbyshire Police, reading their rights and fined £ 200 each

The couple (pictured Ms. Allen (left) and Ms. Moore (right)) were also told that their cups of Starbucks mint tea they bought while driving through were not allowed because they were classified as a "picnic".

The couple (pictured Ms. Allen (left) and Ms. Moore (right)) were also told that their cups of Starbucks mint tea they bought while driving through were not allowed because they were classified as a "picnic".

Ms. Allen, a beautician from nearby Ashby-de-la-Zouch, said she assumed "someone had been murdered" when she saw a police van, a police car and several officers at the entrance to the open space. This map shows the proximity between your home and the reservoir

Chris Whitty warns hospitals of "living memory's worst crisis" as Covid cases loom

Chris Whitty has warned that hospitals are facing "worst crisis remembered" as Covid-19 cases continue to rise – 46,000 medical workers are now sick.

Brits who don't take the coronavirus lockdown seriously will cause "preventable deaths" if seriously ill patients are turned away at the hospital door, warned Professor Chris Whitty in a scathing article for the Sunday Times.

According to the chairman of the British Medical Association, Chaand Nagpaul, nearly 50,000 hospital workers are currently suffering from Covid-19, which means an already overloaded workforce is under even more pressure, The Guardian reported.

He said, "Only by keeping the NHS workforce fit and healthy can we meet the unprecedented surge in demand over the coming weeks and months and deliver the vaccination program that remains our only hope to end this terrible pandemic. & # 39;

Prof. Whitty has condemned coronavirus rule breakers as a "link in a chain" that enables the deadly virus to infect and kill the elderly and those at risk.

“We have to stay at home except for work, exercise and necessary activities. Any unnecessary interaction you have could be that link in the chain of transmission that a vulnerable person ends up with, ”he wrote.

The country has two weeks before hospitals are likely to be overwhelmed, Prof. Whitty added, as the nation finds itself in the "most dangerous situation" in the history of life.

But not only Brits with coronavirus are at risk, as patients who need treatment for other illnesses face "unsafe" waiting times.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, NHS hospitals are treating half the usual number of cancer patients as London has to treat 500 more cancer patients a week to meet needs – but this week only 122 have been treated in NHS hospitals in major cities.

According to Rob Findlay, an expert who worked before Covid, it could be six years before the NHS waited on 1990 level waiting lists in 1990 – meaning patients would have to wait years for surgery – and more than £ 900 million, to get back to where health care was before Covid software for nearly 20 NHS trusts.

He told People that the 168,000 patients who waited a year for treatment will more than double by March after the surgery was delayed by the lockdown.

Professor Neil Ferguson said the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals will decrease by 20 percent. "Avoiding another 20,000 deaths will be quite difficult," he added.

Mike Barton told BBC Breakfast yesterday that he believed Derbyshire police would "row back" in their decision to punish the couple who walked five miles from their home.

Former Durham Police Chief said: “Personally, I think Derbyshire will row back from this position but unfortunately some damage is being done here because, in order to comply with the law, the public has to think and see that the police are acting pretty. It's called procedural justice.

“If the police don't act fairly, the public won't comply.

“It's all very good that some people in Whitehall are rattling sabers and hitting the table that the police are going to enforce these rules, which is not being followed. The public sees fairness. & # 39;

Mr Barton said it was "no wonder" that some police forces were confused about how to enforce Covid-19 laws given the terminology used by the government.

He added, “What we have here is that the police have received hundreds of different rules over the past nine months.

“When I was a police officer, we had one law a year, maybe a couple, and then we had a training program on how to enforce it. This room was not given to the police.

"This is all based on the word" local "and I have never seen that in legislation.

"None of these problems have ever been described by law before, so it's no wonder there is some confusion out there."

The current lockdown guidance instructs the public to limit exercise – including running, cycling, swimming, and walking – to once per day. While people can leave their homes, they shouldn't travel outside their area.

Ms. Allen, 27, said she assumed "someone was murdered" when she saw a police van, a police car and several officers at the entrance to the open space.

"It was a short journey and only took about ten minutes," she said. I really thought someone had been murdered or a child had disappeared; The place is usually so quiet.

“Next, my car is surrounded. I got out of my car and thought, "There's no way they're coming to talk to us." They immediately start questioning us. One of them started reading my rights and I looked at my friend and thought, "This must be a joke."

I said we came in separate cars, even parked two spaces away, and even brought our own drinks. He said, "You can't do that because it's classified as a picnic."

"Moving to another county seems to have caused the problem, but the Derbyshire border is only a minute from my house."

Ms. Moore, 27 years old and while working for BA a makeup company, said she was "stunned at the time," did not challenge the police and gave her details so they could file a firm criminal complaint.

"Seeing just one policeman is pretty scary for some people, and we really didn't expect to be approached and to find out we'd done anything wrong," she said.

"We don't want to get away with breaking the rule, but it seems a little unfair that you can be punished for something so vague."

The two were also told that their cups of Starbucks mint tea they bought while driving through were not allowed because it was classified as a "picnic".

All parking spaces in Snowdonia National Park are now closed to visitors. Pictured is a police car that patrolled the beauty spot last night

All parking spaces in Snowdonia National Park are now closed to visitors. Pictured is a police car that patrolled the beauty spot last night

A police officer stopped a group of three walkers as they drove through the middle of the castle through Birmingham city center

A police officer stopped a group of three walkers as they drove through the middle of the castle through Birmingham city center

The policeman took a picture of a man

Officers crowded around a person walking in Birmingham city center

A police officer took a picture of a man while others huddled around another person while walking in Birmingham city center despite the coronavirus lockdown

The Met has vowed to stop warning people and punish them with fixed charges of £ 200 for initial violations, and these officers stopped cars too

The Met has vowed to stop warning people and punish them with fixed charges of £ 200 for initial violations, and these officers stopped cars too

Derbyshire Police were turned away at a vehicle checkpoint at Calke Abbey near Ticknall on Friday afternoon

Derbyshire Police were turned away at a vehicle checkpoint at Calke Abbey near Ticknall on Friday afternoon

Police and Covid Marshals are patrolling the coast in Bournemouth this morning looking to discover anyone breaking the rules

Police and Covid Marshals are patrolling the coast in Bournemouth this morning looking to discover anyone breaking the rules

The Euston police were seen this morning stopping passengers to ask where they were going. Barrister Alex Wright tweeted, "Good to see Lockdown being taken seriously, but a sad sight that I would have dreamed of seeing in London."

Another lawyer suggested holding brief hearings on Zoom to avoid unnecessary travel

The Euston police were seen this morning stopping passengers to ask where they were going. Barrister Alex Wright tweeted, "Good to see Lockdown being taken seriously, but a sad sight that I would have dreamed of seeing in London."

What can the police do and what cannot they do to enforce the Covid rules?

Do I have to answer their questions if the police stop me?

The police have the power to stop you in a public place and ask for your name, where you are going and what you are doing. This is known as "Stop and Account". In most cases, you don't have to stay with the officer or answer their questions.

The police also have the power to stop vehicles for any reason. Again, they can ask you to account for yourself, but they generally cannot force you to stay or take further action against you unless they have good reason to do so.

However, if you refuse to answer the police's questions (e.g. about who you are meeting with) it could lead to suspicion that you are breaking the new rules. This is because it is now a punishable offense to break the rules at the stage you are at.

What is Sane Force?

Under the new rules, the police can use reasonable force to remove you from a gathering if they believe you are gathering in a way that is prohibited by the Animal Rules. You can only do this if it is necessary and proportionate.

You can also use appropriate force when resisting arrest or when there is a need to prevent a crime from being committed. These powers come from the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 (known as PACE). "Adequate violence" means using only as much violence as you need in the given circumstances. It has to be the minimum – nothing more.

Can i get arrested?

The police can arrest you if they have good reason to believe that you may have committed a crime – and that arrest is necessary.

What can I do if I think the police have acted unfairly?

If you are not satisfied with the way the police treated you, you can file a complaint.

Source: freedom.

The guidelines for the current lockdown say that people can travel to exercise "while they are close", but do not specify how far people can travel.

Derbyshire Police insisted that the distance was "at the discretion" of each officer and that the trip was "not in accordance with the rules".

The force, previously criticized for its persistent approach to enforcing restrictions, released drone footage of dog walkers in the Peak District in March to "shame" them.

And in March, the troop threw black dye into a famous blue lagoon in Harpur Hill, near Buxton, to prevent Instagrammers from posing for snaps during the lockdown.

It comes as police forces stepped up enforcement of Covid regulations across the country.

In Aberdeen, two police officers knocked on a family's front door following complaints from a neighbor and stormed in when a woman shouted, "This is my house, get out of my house" and children screamed in the background.

Two women, aged 18 and 48, and a 43-year-old man were charged in connection with assaulting police officers and threatening and abusive behavior.

The footage immediately sparked controversy. Critics accused police of "suppressive" behavior of storming into a private home – while others argued they were just trying to enforce the Covid rules.

Officials were seen in Euston this morning stopping passengers to ask where they were going. Barrister Alex Wright tweeted, "Good to see Lockdown being taken seriously, but a sad sight that I would have dreamed of seeing in London."

Snowdonia National Park has now closed all of its parking spaces to visitors to "protect our communities and the NHS" as officials beat up the public for "disobeying" the law.

In an attempt to clarify the guidelines, Professor Ivan Browne, director of public health for Leicester City Council, urged residents yesterday to "visit your next park, not your most beautiful one," Leicester Live reported.

Ms. Patel said it was "right" for officers to confront Brits sitting on park benches, arguing that the police should stop people and know why they are outside their homes.

After her confrontation with the police at the reservoir, Jessica Allen said she was taking the pandemic "very seriously" as her brother is a doctor who works in a Covid ward in London and her parents both had coronavirus.

She said she drove to the reservoir knowing it would be less crowded than near her home. "I'm self-employed, but my business is closed and I'm trying to fill my time," she said.

“I suffer from fear and when you walk by the water you feel so much better. I live alone five days a week and the only thing I can look forward to is planning a walk with my boyfriend. & # 39;

She said dealing with the law was "very intimidating" and made her fearful of the police.

"Back to normal by the fall": Professor Lockdown Neil Ferguson says high infection rates and the introduction of mass vaccines could lead to herd immunity in the UK being achieved before the end of the year

"Professor Lockdown" Neil Ferguson said high infection rates and the introduction of mass vaccines in the UK could bring herd immunity to coronavirus that was achieved before the end of the year – which means a return to normal by autumn.

Ferguson, whose dire predictions of 500,000 deaths in the UK convinced the government to implement the first lockdown, now says he is "optimistic" about the country's future in 2021.

Speaking to The Times, Ferguson said that he believes there will soon be a slowdown in infection rates and perhaps even a decline – driven by high infection rates that give people immunity without the need for a sting.

"That may be helped somewhat by the fact that there is quite a bit of herd immunity in places like London," he said. “Maybe 25% or 30% of the population is now infected in the first and second waves. So this helps reduce transmission. & # 39;

He also predicted that the north west of England – another area where large numbers were infected – could also be on the way to herd immunity.

Herd immunity policies, which allow the virus to spread through the population so that people develop immunity to the virus, was originally touted by some high-level government officials, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

However, when the potential cost to people's lives from prosecuting such police was exposed, and Ferguson said that up to 500,000 people could die, the government changed its approach.

"I was so upset after that," she said. & # 39; The fact that they read my rights. I thought & # 39; am I going to jail for a walk? & # 39;

"I'm not a criminal, but we were treated like we were criminals and I really felt for the people who were wrongly arrested and questioned by the police because it wasn't a nice situation to be here."

Derbyshire Police said in a statement: “Driving to a location – where movement could easily have been brought closer to a person's home – is clearly not in line with national efforts to reduce our travel to the possible spread of the disease to decrease and decrease the number of deaths.

"Each officer will use professional judgment on a case-by-case basis. However, people should expect to be challenged and understand the clear reasons why they will be asked about their moves given the critical situation the NHS is currently in can."

"It is up to each civil servant to decide on a case-by-case basis what is appropriate as the law does not prohibit removal."

The College of Policing said: "Overall, police officers across England and Wales will use their own discretion and professionalism to assess whether someone has a reasonable excuse for traveling to exercise and being outside of the place where they live."

Local MP Andrew Bridgen tweeted, “I am concerned that my constituents will face fines from the Derbyshire police for training in what I would classify as a local area. It is important that common sense be used in enforcing guidelines, and a fine instead of issuing guidelines seems to be too zealous. & # 39;

It was a video that was taped in Aberdeen on Wednesday at 11:20 pm before it was shared online. It showed a police officer standing in the hallway of a house when a woman was being held back by another man.

She said: & # 39; My house. This is bullying. This is my house. Get out of my house. I didn't ask you here. & # 39;

A young boy can be seen in the video when the woman's daughter said, "Just stop it, Mom".

A police spokesman said: "We received a complaint from a member of the public about a coronavirus violation at a property in Aberdeen on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at around 11:20 pm.

"Officials participated and two women (ages 18 and 48) and a 43-year-old man have been charged in connection with assaults on police officers and threatened and abusive behavior and are being reported to the Fiscal Prosecutor."

Just hours after Interior Secretary Priti Patel threw her support behind the crackdown, it emerged that officials in Birmingham were interviewing a couple with a stroller to ask what businesses they had in town.

In Ely, Cambridgeshire, disturbing images highlighting the harsh reality of Lockdown 3.0 showed that the seats in the city center were taped to prevent people from using them.

Snowdonia National Park decided to close its parking lots on Friday after the number of people violating Covid rules rose.

Five police officers surrounded a man at Hammersmith Tube Station in West London on Friday in an attempt to crack down on people who evade the lockdown

Five police officers surrounded a man at Hammersmith Tube Station in West London on Friday in an attempt to crack down on people who evade the lockdown

A policeman wearing a disposable face mask stopped a hiker in an orange jacket to ask why he was outside his home during the lockdown in Birmingham city center

A policeman wearing a disposable face mask stopped a hiker in an orange jacket to ask why he was outside his home during the lockdown in Birmingham city center

A MailOnline reader posted a picture of these taped benches in Ely, Cambridgeshire, claiming they should not be used because of the pandemic

A MailOnline reader posted a picture of these taped benches in Ely, Cambridgeshire, claiming they should not be used because of the pandemic

Two police officers knocked on a door in Aberdeen on Wednesday at 11:20 p.m. after a member of the public reported a coronavirus restriction violation

Footage shared online showed a police officer standing in the hallway of a house when a woman was held back by another man

Two police officers knocked on a door in Aberdeen on Wednesday at 11:20 p.m. after a member of the public reported a coronavirus restriction violation

How Derbyshire police sent drones to film dog walkers and a blue lagoon BLACK died when Covid cracked down on them

The Derbyshire Constabulary took a number of controversial actions during the lockdown.

The drone unit filmed hikers in the Peak District on March 26, three days after the restrictions began.

It was alleged that the footage showed that the message back home, which was in effect at the time, "still doesn't get through".

Officers also put black dye in the Blue Lagoon near Buxton to prevent swimming.

At the start of the lockdown in March, Police Chief Goodman defended his officer's tactics, accusing the government that the emergency laws were "unclear".

He also defended the use of drones to shame hikers, saying the methods were "somewhat unusual" but claimed other forces were taking "more draconian measures".

"Only when people act completely stupid and do not follow this advice do we have to use our strength," he told the Derby Telegraph.

Lord Sumption, a former Supreme Court judge, compared Derbyshire's activities to a "police state".

Officials said people could only participate in exercises that started and ended in their own home.

Nigel Harrison, Temporary Police Commissioner of North Wales, Constable, said, “We understand that people want to go outside to enjoy the mountains and snow. However, this is a national emergency and we will continue to work with our national park counterparts to ensure that the Welsh Government restrictions on essential travel are respected. & # 39;

The World Physiques Gym in Mansfield was searched by police on Monday. One person at the venue was fined £ 1,000 and another £ 200 for violating Covid's guidelines.

In Rochester, license officials forced the Hop and Rye pub to close after finding six people drinking during the second lockdown on November 28 last year.

Police discovered two maskless men getting out of a taxi in Crewe at 3 a.m. on Friday before going into a store and buying a case of beer.

When approached by Cheshire police officers, they said they were unaware of the lockdown and the way the coronavirus is spreading.

According to national lockdown rules, face masks must be worn in stores unless otherwise medically exempted.

A Cheshire police spokesman said: "The officers reported two men on Friday for violating lockdown rules.

Officers were patrolling Crewe at 3 a.m. when they spotted two men exiting a taxi with no face covering.

As they were leaving the store, officers approached the men to explain the lockdown rules while reiterating the importance of wearing face covers.

The men said they did not know there was a lockdown, nor did they know how their actions could lead to the transmission of the coronavirus to others.

Derbyshire Police were previously criticized for their persistent approach to enforcing the restrictions. In March, officials brought black dye to the blue lagoon in Hupur Hill, Buxton to deter visitors

Derbyshire Police were previously criticized for their persistent approach to enforcing the restrictions. In March, officials brought black dye to the blue lagoon in Hupur Hill, Buxton to deter visitors

The Derbyshire Constabulary drone unit filmed controversial walkers in the Peak District as part of their Stay Home message in March

The Derbyshire Constabulary drone unit filmed controversial walkers in the Peak District as part of their Stay Home message in March

Covid Fines: How Many Have Been Issued in Your Area?

Here is the breakdown of the fines imposed by police forces in England for violating the coronavirus law between March 27th and December 20th.

– Avon and Somerset: 610

– Bedfordshire: 321

– British Traffic Police (BTP): 452

– Cambridgeshire: 280

– Cheshire: 440

– City of London: 86

– Cleveland: 313

– Cumbria: 941

– Derbyshire: 301

– Devon and Cornwall: 1,233

– Dorset: 1,010

– Durham: 253

– Essex: 505

– Gloucestershire: 279

– Greater Manchester: 2,183

– Hampshire: 567

– Hertfordshire: 380

– Humberside: 169

– Kent: 270

– Lancashire: 1,506

– Leicestershire: 618

– Lincolnshire: 367

– Merseyside: 1,411

– City Police: 1.761

– Ministry of Defense Police: 37

– Norfolk: 459

– North Yorkshire: 1,484

– Northamptonshire: 848

– Northumbria: 3,034

– Nottinghamshire: 906

– South Yorkshire: 673

– Staffordshire: 382

– Suffolk: 315

– Surrey: 573

– Sussex: 892

– Thames Valley: 965

– Warwickshire: 478

– West Mercia: 748

– West Midlands: 970

– West Yorkshire: 1,061

– Wiltshire: 208

Number of fines imposed by the police in Wales during the same period:

– BTP: 31

– Dyfed-Powys: 1,784

– Gwent: 295

– North Wales: 625

– South Wales: 856

"The officers informed the men that they would each receive a fixed criminal complaint (FPN) for their apparent violation of the coronavirus rules."

Exercise and important travel are the only reasons people are allowed to leave their homes.

In Crowborough, East Sussex, the local running track was closed yesterday due to the ban on sports facilities.

It came when a police officer was stopped by officers from his own force and asked where he was going during the coronavirus lockdown.

Insp Lee Wiggan was on his way to a meeting at his police headquarters on Wednesday when a police officer asked him to justify his movements. It comes when police said they would improve the approach to lockdown violations and fined £ 200 for anyone who goes out for no good reason.

Insp Wiggan, who covers the Ladywood East area of ​​Birmingham, was on his way to the meeting in downtown at the Lloyd House headquarters of the West Midlands Police.

It came when an angry pub owner posted a sign on the notice board of his meetinghouse telling villagers to run away after being reported to the police.

Keith Waterhouse, who owns Badger & # 39; s Holt in Bridgetown, Somerset, posted the note at Bridgetown Village Hall after police officers visited him after it was reported that he had violated Covid-19 rules the previous day .

The note read: “Whoever the bad, vengeful guy is who reports me to the police for a totally false breach of the Covid rules, has to speak to me first and find out the truth.

Meanwhile, in London on Friday, a man stopped outside Hammersmith tube station was asked to provide his name and address, which officials recorded and verified, and the reason for his trip. The man was allowed to enter the station and travel on, but refused to comment on whether he had been fined.

An official told MailOnline: "We are all over the region enforcing the laws of Covid and making sure people are not there for the right reasons. If you are not there or have no valid reason to be outside, you will be fined. & # 39;

However, the police officer announced that they had not imposed a single fine because most of the people followed the rules. say, "I think the message is getting through that you should only be outside for essential reasons."

In Birmingham on Friday, an exchange between two officers and a couple with a stroller walking downtown didn't end until the man pulled cash out of his pocket and told officers they were going to pay money at a bank.

The pedestrian, who did not want to be named, said, “I don't know why they chose us.

“They just asked why we were in the city center and when I explained the bank they left it at that. I think it's really just a matter of control. & # 39;

The same pair of police officers then interviewed two men languishing at a shop door and threatened one with a £ 250 fine if he did not leave.

Isaac, 33, who only gave his first name, said, “I have to go downtown to get my methadone from the Boots pharmacy.

“During the first lockdown, they gave us two weeks to prevent us from making so many trips, but this time they only give it for one day so we have to be back tomorrow.

"The officers were very fair because my friend is not really allowed to go downtown and could have received a £ 250 fine on the spot and not just a warning."

His friend Luke, 34, who also refused to give a surname, added, “Methadone is not something you want to pick up near you, so I'm coming downtown.

& # 39; These officers were fair. They told us not to hang out and make our way home.

"Another officer would have taken a much tougher approach."

The Race to Vaccinate Britain from a Standstill: Everything You Need to Know to be the first “Super Vax” centers, capable of vaccinating up to 3,000 a day, are preparing to open their doors

The UK vaccination program will take a big step forward tomorrow as the first “Super Vax” centers, which can vaccinate up to 3,000 people a day, open their doors.

1.5 million people have already been vaccinated, mainly with the Pfizer shock. Now the mass rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine heralds a flash of vaccinations.

With more than 1,300 people dying every day and the pandemic across the country, health workers are in a race to protect as many vulnerable people as possible from the deadly virus.

And with a tremendous acceleration planned this week, tomorrow could be the start of a battle that will finally suppress Covid-19 and eventually allow our lives to return to normal.

THE SPRING OFFENSIVE

Under the plan to vaccinate the 15 million most vulnerable people by February 15, the UK vaccination program is targeting the remaining groups most at risk of virus deaths.

NHS chiefs hope this second cohort of more than 16 million people will get the trick by Easter. If so, it means that between 90 and 99 percent of those at risk of death from Covid-19 have been protected. The rest of the population – those under 50 – will then be vaccinated.

Those in the second cohort who received the push during the Spring Offensive are:

  • All people aged 65 and over (3.4 million)
  • Anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions that are at greater risk for serious illness and mortality
  • Everyone over 60 years (3.7 million)
  • Everyone aged 55 and over (4.3 million)
  • Everyone aged 50 and over (4.7 million)

HOW THE GOAL WILL BE ACHIEVED

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) has set a goal to offer vaccinations to the 15 million most vulnerable people in the UK by February 15. So far, nearly 1.5 million people have received the vaccine

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) has set a goal to offer vaccinations to the 15 million most vulnerable people in the UK by February 15. So far, nearly 1.5 million people have received the vaccine

Boris Johnson has set a very ambitious goal of getting vaccinations to the 15 million most vulnerable people in the UK by February 15 – in 36 days.

The latest numbers from Thursday show the NHS had given 1,468,000 vaccinations, or 48,933 daily, over 30 days.

The Prime Minister has vowed that this will climb to more than 200,000 a day by Friday.

But to hit its 15 million goal, the daily rate has to be nearly 347,000. Every day this is overlooked, the daily requirement increases.

WHO'S FIRST FOR THE JABS?

Some of the people expected to get the sting in the next five weeks include: Nursing home residents, frontline NHS and social workers, those aged 70 and over, and those deemed "clinically extremely vulnerable".

Of those who died from Covid-19, 88 percent are in these groups. All 420,000 senior social workers in England and Wales are at the top of the queue and should have their vaccinations by January 31st.

Every fourth person over 80 has received at least one dose.

THE STORY so far

On December 8, Margaret Keenan, then 90, became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine outside of clinical trials.

An estimated 500,000 people had received the shock within 14 days, and the UK has ordered a total of 40 million cans.

Margaret Keenan, then 90, became the first person in the world outside of clinical trials to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on December 8th

Margaret Keenan, then 90, became the first person in the world outside of clinical trials to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on December 8th

Last Monday, 82-year-old Brian Pinker became the first patient to receive the breakthrough vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, which can be stored in the refrigerator. Britain has ordered 100 million cans.

Another 17 million doses of the newly approved Moderna vaccine are expected in the spring.

Great Britain has surpassed the EU: four times as many people were vaccinated here than in Germany and 300 times more than in France.

FAST REACTION OF THE ARMY

The British Armed Forces have set up a "rapid vaccine response force" of troops who are rushing stocks wherever they are needed.

It includes 130 employees who are divided into 21 small teams. Your job is to ensure that vaccination centers across England don't run out of shocks and that they receive urgent restoration when needed.

The British Armed Forces have set up a "Rapid Vaccine Response Force" of troops that will ensure vaccination centers across England do not run out of available shocks. Pictured: Brigadier Phil Prosser attends a press conference on January 7th

The British Armed Forces have set up a "Rapid Vaccine Response Force" of troops that will ensure vaccination centers across England do not run out of available shocks. Pictured: Brigadier Phil Prosser attends a press conference on January 7th

You are among 5,000 Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy personnel deployed in Operation Rescript to fight the pandemic.

A total of 32 military planners are embedded in the Department of Health, the NHS, and regional health authorities as part of the growing immunization program.

In Wales, 90 soldiers have set up vaccination centers and another 94 drive ambulances.

The Department of Defense is examining whether another 1,500 staff could be made available if the crisis escalated further.

BORIS: NO MORE THAN 10 MILES FROM A JAB

GP HUBS TO GUIDE VACCINE DRIVES

Most vaccinations are done in GP-led hubs. No10 promises to open 1,000 across England this week.

General practitioners want all operations to be able to give the push. Patients will also be vaccinated in 223 English hospitals and dozens more in the rest of the UK.

The uptake is expected to exceed 80 percent. Boris Johnson wants everyone to be vaccinated within ten miles of their home.

… AND YOU CAN ALSO GET IT FROM MORRISONS

Up to 50 supermarket parking spaces in Morrisons could accommodate vaccination sites.

Jabs will be available in stores in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Yeovil, Somerset; and Winsford, Cheshire, tomorrow.

The parking spaces of a further 47 shops were also made available. In addition, around 200 pharmacies in England will be offering jabs this week.

MASS IMPINATION CENTERS

  1. ExCel Center, London
  2. Robertson House, Stevenage
  3. Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey
  4. Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
  5. Millennium Point, Birmingham
  6. Etihad Tennis Center, Manchester
  7. Center for Life, Newcastle
  8. Elland Road Stadium, Leeds
  9. Blackburn Cathedral
  10. Totally Wicked Stadium, St. Helens
  11. Telford International Center, Telford
  12. Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
  13. Navigational Walk, Wakefield
  14. Jacob & # 39; s Well, Bradford
  15. John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield

Centers opened this week in red. Black indicates centers that are expected to open in the coming weeks.

Scotland has not yet announced locations for mass vaccination stations, while Wales and Northern Ireland are setting up smaller hubs in leisure centers and other buildings.

THE THREE JABS TO SAVE UK (AND ONE MORE IN THE PIPELINE)

Oxford-AstraZeneca

Assignment: 100 million cans

How effective: 62-80%

Cost per dose: £ 3

Warehouse: Refrigerator temperature

Where: Mass vaccination centers, hospitals and general practitioners

Pfizer-BioNTech

Assignment: 40 million cans

How effective: 95%

Cost per dose: £ 15

Warehouse: -70C

Where: Hospitals, general practitioners and some mass vaccination centers

Moderna * *

Assignment: 17 million cans

How effective: 94.5%

Cost per dose: £ 25

Warehouse: -20C

Where: Hospitals, GP centers

* Available from April

Janssen: The UK has ordered up to 52 million doses of this "one-shot" vaccine and the final trial data is expected within three weeks. The first cans, which can be stored at refrigerator temperature, could be given soon after.

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