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The Mayor of Middlesbrough leads a backlash against the lockdown while ministers extend the regime


Boris Johnson faces a coronavirus riot in the north today as Middlesbrough mayor-elect pledged to defy new lockdown measures and accused ministers of ignorance after introducing tough new measures on the population.

The independent Andy Preston struck after Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that the city, along with Liverpool, Hartlepool and Warrington, would face the same curbs as the northeast.

In a video message, Mr Preston said they went further than he and other local politicians advocated and opposed the measures outlined in the Commons, which is seen as a first for a local politician.

Middlesbrough and Hartlepool councils had called for a ban on mixing households in their own homes. But Mr Hancock announced that it would be illegal for households in these districts to mingle in a public setting such as a pub.

"I have to tell you that I think this measure was put in place because of factual inaccuracies and a monstrous and frightening lack of communication and ignorance," Preston said in a video posted on Twitter.

& # 39; I do not accept the statement at all. I do not accept these measures. We need to talk to the government, they need to understand our local knowledge, expertise and ability to get things done and maintain jobs and wellbeing.

& # 39; We are really disappointed. From today's perspective, we are defying the government and are not accepting these measures.

"We need to get Covid under control and work with people to find a way to keep jobs and mental health."

As chairman of the ward council, Mr. Preston has no official authority to override the decision made by ministers. In theory, however, it could prevent council staff from helping to enforce pub closings and household gatherings – although there is still no proposal to do so.

Confirmation comes despite Mr Hancock's welcoming "early" signs that the nationwide pub curfew after 6am and 10pm is already bringing cases under control – and downgrading Bolton's swinging measures.

In the meantime, there are signs that ministers are trying to simplify the rules after even the prime minister got mixed up this week. A traffic light system could be introduced to show what restrictions exist for different regions with three levels of intensity.

There is hope that could help liberate some parts of the south that have dramatically lower infection rates than the north.

In other developments today:

  • The UK recorded 7,108 more coronavirus cases and an additional 71 deaths yesterday – including a three-month high of seven in Scotland;
  • There are signs that the government is considering simplifying the barrier edges by introducing a traffic light system for different areas with three levels of different intensity.
  • The Minister of Health pushed back calls for a rethink on the 10 p.m. pub curfew in England, despite complaining that encouraging house parties and drinking on the street had made the situation worse.
  • Mr Hancock faces a backlash after it is revealed the government hasn't conducted its own research into whether vitamin D could help people fight off coronaviruses.
  • Labor and Pensions Minister Therese Coffey has admitted that her department plans to employ four million unemployed people in the coming months – although she said she hoped the numbers would not soar;
  • A Tory backlash is growing among the Prime Minister's advisors, including Dominic Cummings, after a chaotic fortnight.
  • The ministers are again examining whether vitamin D can be useful in the fight against the coronavirus.
  • Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane called for optimism about the country's prospects, warning that a "chicken lick" stance could hurt the recovery.
  • Ministers fear that the public will show increasing signs of "lockdown fatigue" as the pandemic drags on and rules become more complicated.

The independent Andy Preston struck after Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that the city, along with Liverpool, Hartlepool and Warrington, would face the same curbs as the northeast

"There's no way people can stay home": Angry Middlesbrough residents join the mayor to protest lockdown measures

Angry locals in Middlesbrough supported Mayor Andy Preston in his defiance today of the government's new coronavirus restrictions.

28-year-old Sarah Best, who runs Sherlock and Dr. Watson in the city of North Yorkshire said she feared the latest rules would allow her to close her doors in just three weeks.

She said, “Obviously, if people can go to the pub with members of their own household only, it will obviously reduce trade even further.

“The 10pm curfew was bad enough and doesn't work. People gather in the street and can't get taxis because everyone has to leave immediately.

28-year-old landlord Sarah Best said she was afraid she would have to close her doors in just three weeks under the latest rules

28-year-old landlord Sarah Best said she was afraid she would have to close her doors in just three weeks under the latest rules

“We just hang on to it and if nothing changes, I might have to close the doors in three weeks, it's that bad. I really think customers will rebel, especially if the mayor supports us.

“We're going to listen to Andy, we get more support and back from the mayor than the government. How do you even enforce this rule? I won't ask customers about utility bills. & # 39;

Nicola Brogan and Paula Hoare, both 27, added that the rules are now "so confused it is impossible to enforce".

"It's crazy that we can't see relatives that people have to see to keep in touch, but you can come to the pub," Ms. Hoare said.

Nicola Brogan

Paula Hoare

Nicola Brogan (left) and Paula Hoare (right), both 27, added that the rules are now "so confused it is impossible to enforce"

"The mayor is committed to the city, in which there is already massive poverty."

Ms. Brogan added, “I was working with the mayor on a charity and he's a very popular and respected man. I think people will listen more to what he thinks than to the government. & # 39;

Liam Watson, 24, said, "There's no way people can stay home and not go to the pub when the mayor says," Defy the ban. "

& # 39; Good for him. He stands up for people and tries to keep businesses from going broke and when it comes down to it I would rather listen to our local guide than a muppet in Westminster. They do not know about us. & # 39;

However, Craig Kevin, 47, who works at a fast food stand, said Mr. Preston's video statement was merely "adding to the confusion".

"Andy Preston added to the confusion and I think people will just choose to carry on normally because they don't really believe any of them," he said.

"Boris Johnson didn't even know the rules of the Northeast when he was asked the other day what chance the public has, especially when the national and local governments say different things."

Nathaniel Lawton, 42, had a drink with friends outside the town's Swatter & # 39; s Carr today

Nathaniel Lawton, 42, had a drink with friends outside the town's Swatter & # 39; s Carr today

Nathaniel Lawton, 42, had a drink with friends outside the town's Swatter & # 39; s Carr today.

He said, "It's funny to see Andy Preston say" defy the law "when he was the one who asked for stricter rules in the first place.

He decided MIddlesbrough needed restrictions, but he doesn't have the ones he wanted that he maybe should have seen coming.

“There will always be those who obey the rules and those who don't. No matter what someone says, whether it's the government or the mayor, people will decide that the law doesn't apply to them.

"It's going to be spread through offices and schools anyway, so I can't see the restrictions doing that much."

The results of the largest Covid-19 study in England showed that the R-rate fell from 1.7 to around 1.1 in the last month.

However, the director of the study at Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori said the interim results of 80,000 participants had heightened the need for protective measures to wipe out the virus.

Mr Hancock told Commons, "The study published today shows us the hope that we can crack this."

However, he again defied calls to lift the 10 p.m. pubs curfew, alleging it does more harm than good. Mr Hancock's positive message about the results of the study contrasted sharply with the grim message from Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance at a press conference on Downing Street last night.

The prime minister and his senior medical and scientific advisers warned that the outbreak was "going in the wrong direction" – although they were known to know beforehand the latest Imperial findings.

Liverpool had braced itself for further action to curb the recent surge in infections, which had the highest rolling 7-day rate of new cases at 258 per 100,000, while Knowsley ranks second at close to 262.

In addition, Luton, Wakefield, Chester, East and West Cheshire, Barrow-in-Furness and Rotherham have been placed on the government watch list as "problem areas".

And Sheffield has been moved to an "enhanced assistance" area, suggesting it might be the next to be banned.

Problem areas are the focus of targeted measures to reduce the prevalence of coronaviruses, e.g. B. additional testing in nursing homes and increased community engagement with risk groups.

Areas for increased support are those with a medium to high risk of intervention where there is a more detailed plan agreed with the national authorities.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer called for a "quick review" of the local lockdown strategy and called on the government to consider whether the 10pm curfew should remain in place.

"We supported those restrictions, but now we have over 50 areas of local restrictions, as announced this morning, and over the weeks and months only one area has come out of those restrictions," he said.

"So we need a strategy, a roadmap. People have to hope that this works."

He told reporters at Westminster that the government must "massively improve" the way it communicates while providing economic assistance to areas while restrictions are being imposed.

“I think we need a quick review of the local lockdowns because we are seeing that in some areas of the locks, infection rates are increasing, not decreasing.

“This is worrying and needs to be reviewed. In other areas, they have been locked in place for months, so a quick review needs to be done – what works, what doesn't, what science tells us about. & # 39;

In the House of Commons, Mr Hancock was repeatedly challenged about the blanket 10 p.m. curfew in pubs and restaurants in England.

There have been complaints that people caused problems by piling themselves out of the venues and going to the grocery store to drink more alcohol or throwing house parties instead.

But Mr Hancock said, "Of course we will be constantly reviewing this and we are constantly reviewing how we can improve these guidelines, but I think we need to examine both sides of the evidence to get this right."

He added, “We know that prolonged contact, especially in crowded, poorly ventilated spaces, is a driver of infection and pubs and bars are an obvious risk.

"So I heard what he said about the 10pm rule, but my concern relates to everyone leaving the pub at the same time."

Warrington Borough Council Chairman Russ Bowden said, “These restrictions are disappointing for our city, but again a necessary response to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in Warrington.

"Now, more than ever, we must do everything we can to stop the virus from spreading."

He added: “I am aware that as part of the announcement of these new restrictions, the government has announced a support package for affected councils.

“I am awaiting the details of what this funding could mean, but it is clear that as part of these tough new measures, we must do everything we can to support affected companies – not least our hotel industry, which in turn will be seriously affected by these new ones Limitations.

"We will therefore continue to work closely with the government and urge them to provide the support our hospitality industry needs in this increasingly difficult time."

Previously, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson called for the circuit breaker to be locked for two weeks to prevent the virus from spreading.

But his colleague, Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham, reiterated his rejection of the proposal he insisted on, and which was never discussed as an option, when speaking to Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

Middlesbrough's mayor-elect said he was ready to defy the government and reject new coronavirus measures imposed on the city in what was seen as a first for a figure of authority.

Independent Andy Preston was furious at the new rules, which go further than he and his colleagues in Hartlepool advocated earlier in the week.

Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, was against additional measures and had previously spoken in the House of Commons about the need for a clear exit strategy.

In response to the new rules, he said: “I would like to personally thank Mr Hancock for ensuring that the measures imposed on Middlesbrough include a clear, evidence-based exit strategy.

“At this point, I was clearly against any further local restrictions, especially since the latest national restrictions didn't even have a week to go to bed.

“And while I respectfully disagree with the decision of Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston to request a local lockdown in Middlesbrough, I doubtless disagree that he acted in good faith to bring this request to the government.

"So now we are where we are. Our focus must shift to protecting the most vulnerable members of our society."

Andy McDonald, Middlesbrough Labor MP, said the new measures were "inevitable".

He said: "I've already said no one welcomes any further restrictions, but we are sitting next to seven neighboring northeastern local authorities on Teesside, where stricter restrictions have been imposed for some time over worryingly high levels of Covid-19."

The weekly infection rate in Liverpool is now 258.4 per 100,000 people

The weekly infection rate in Liverpool is now 258.4 per 100,000 people

North-west England, where areas such as Burnley and Liverpool (pictured today) were subject to local restrictions, had the highest rates of infection while the number of infections was high

North-west England, where areas such as Burnley and Liverpool (pictured today) were subject to local restrictions, had the highest rates of infection while the number of infections was high

HOW HAS THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK CHANGED?

The REACT study, carried out by Imperial College London and funded by the Department of Health, has followed the Covid-19 outbreak in England throughout the summer.

The prevalence of the virus is based on what percentage of people tested get a positive result and is used to figure out what percentage of people in the country are currently suffering from the virus.

Here's how the data shows the change in the outbreak in England:

Third round: July 24th – August 11th

  • Prevalence: 0.04% (one in 2,500)
  • Estimated R-Rate: 1.3
  • Tests performed: 161,560
  • Positive results: 54

Fourth round: August 20 – September 8

  • Prevalence: 0.13% (one in 769)
  • Estimated R-Rate: 1.7
  • Tests performed: 154,325
  • Positive results: 137

Fifth round: September 18-25

  • Prevalence: 0.55% (one in 181)
  • Estimated R-Rate: 1.06
  • Tests performed: 84,610 (ongoing)
  • Positive results: 363

REACT's latest round of results provides estimates of the prevalence of the virus in different regions of England as follows:

  • Northwest: 0.86% (1 in 116 people)
  • Northeast: 0.78% (1 in 128)
  • Yorkshire & Humber: 0.54% (1 in 185)
  • London: 0.49% (1 in 204)
  • East Midlands: 0.44% (1 in 227)
  • West Midlands: 0.38% (1 in 263)
  • East England: 0.31% (1 in 323)
  • Southwest: 0.25% (1 in 400)
  • Southeast: 0.24% (1 in 417)

“It's only 13 miles from Middlesbrough to Sedgefield, County Durham, and the virus is clearly circulating in worrying amounts throughout the Northeast, and the virus respects the local authority boundaries between County Durham and the local authority of Tees Valley not areas. & # 39;

At last night's press conference, the Prime Minister released pressure from many Tories to change strategy and focus on protecting jobs, saying he would not "throw the sponge in".

There were growing concerns – also in the cabinet – about following the extremely cautious approach of Prof. Whitty and Sir Patrick. A senior minister told MailOnline that the government is now "speaking more broadly to people of different views".

While the infection rate appears to be falling, the study commissioned by the Ministry of Health found that of the volunteers tested between September 18-26, one in 200 people had coronavirus.

The virus was also shown to be spreading more rapidly among young people while exposing the north-south divide, pointing to the north-west as the epicenter of the UK outbreak.

Professor Paul Elliott, Director of the School of Public Health Program at Imperial, said, “While our latest findings show some early evidence that the growth of new cases has slowed, suggesting that efforts to control the infection are working, is the prevalence of The infection is the highest we have recorded so far.

"This reinforces the need for protective measures to limit the spread of the disease and public compliance with these regulations. This will be critical to minimizing other significant diseases and deaths from Covid-19."

When asked if the Prime Minister and his advisors saw this study yesterday before their run-down TV briefing, Professor Elliot said "yes".

"We report to the government weekly and they know these statistics from our study," he said this morning. "Of course there are a number of statistics that the government takes into account and we are just one area."

However, he disagreed that the tone of the briefing should have been more optimistic and said, “I thought the news yesterday was very good. We really must have quite a few viruses.

“One in 200 people on average today on the road would test (positive) positive for the virus. It doesn't depend on the test system (and) it's not just symptomatic people.

“I think people started hearing the message in early September. The rate of increase in the virus at the beginning of September was alarming … now we have high rates, we really need to do something about it and that was the message yesterday. The rate of increase may have slowed down, and that's the first step. & # 39;

Professor Steven Riley agreed, adding, “This (study) is completely in line with yesterday's messaging – 100 percent the messaging. All public health measures currently in place are vital.

Jeremy Hunt says early local lockdowns may have controlled the surge

Coronavirus cases are at much lower levels than they were in March and local lockdowns may have helped control the outbreak, Jeremy Hunt said today.

The chair of the Health Select Committee insisted that people should not be too alarmed by the situation as earlier action had been taken this time around.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “I think the evidence of what happened not just in this country but around the world earlier this year is that acting early, decisive and swift is indeed best way is to contain the spread of the virus and that's what i think Chris Whitty and the Prime Minister are saying.

“One of the things that often goes unnoticed about Italy was the successful way in which they managed to contain the virus outbreak in northern Italy, in Lombardy, and prevent it from spreading to the rest of the country.

"Now we haven't done it for the first time, but it may be that while we didn't see a large reduction in transmission in these areas, these local locks may have just contained them and prevented them from becoming the national outbreak that." we had before. & # 39;

“If we were to report on it, we would comment on the prevalence very much. It (the messaging) has to go negative for us to avoid a significant number of hospitalizations and deaths. & # 39;

Politicians in the region met with Mr Hancock last night. The final decision was made after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this morning.

Mr Anderson said measures to restrict travel in some areas of Wales had not been proposed, but he believed the government was considering measures to ensure restaurants only accept bookings.

Environment Secretary George Eustice told BBC Breakfast: “I know that, as I understand, there is some discussion about the situation in Liverpool but no decisions have been taken yet.

"I am not really able to say what they can or cannot do as I think there is a dialogue going on between health officials and the local council."

Halton MP Derek Twigg said he and other local MPs "requested" a meeting with the health minister.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Mr Twigg said, “I have raised several concerns and issues and asked for evidence and data on the impact of Covid-19 on our area.

"I have been assured that a decision has not yet been made on the other local restrictions we may face, but it is likely that it will be decided tomorrow."

Local leaders have urged the government to provide financial assistance in introducing stricter restrictions.

In a joint statement, Metropolitan Mayor of Liverpool Steve Rotheram and those in charge of the Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St. Helens, Halton and Knowsley authorities have urged the government to work with them, provide financial support and increase testing capacity .

They said: “During the pandemic, we have always put the health of our residents first and will continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect as many people as possible.

The REACT study shows that the summer prevalence of the coronavirus rose sharply in all regions, with the north of England being hardest hit. Pictured: The graphics show different phases of the study, starting with May in the upper left and September in the lower right. Dark colors show higher Covid-19 rates

The REACT study shows that the summer prevalence of the coronavirus rose sharply in all regions, with the north of England being hardest hit. Pictured: The graphics show different phases of the study, starting with May in the upper left and September in the lower right. Dark colors show higher Covid-19 rates

The prevalence of Covid-19 varies widely across regions of England, but is not less than one case per 400 people in any part of the nation, the researchers said. It is highest in the northwest, where nearly one in 100 people carries the disease

The prevalence of Covid-19 varies widely across regions of England, but is not less than one case per 400 people in any part of the nation, the researchers said. It is highest in the northwest, where nearly one in 100 people carries the disease

Imperial College London's predictions on the prevalence of Covid-19 - the percentage of people infected - rose sharply in September (represented by the pink lines).

Imperial College London's predictions on the prevalence of Covid-19 – the percentage of people infected – rose sharply in September (represented by the pink lines).

"At the same time, however, we need to be aware that further restrictions will give our economy a hammer blow."

Liverpool revelers are making their way home earlier this week after partying until 10 p.m. curfew

Liverpool revelers are making their way home earlier this week after partying until 10 p.m. curfew

North Wales Lockdown: What Are The New 6pm Tonight Restrictions And How Long Could They Last?

Where are the bans imposed?

The Welsh government has announced that Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham will be on-site lockdown from 6pm on Thursday.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announced the new measures, saying, “It is always difficult to make the decision to impose restrictions, but we hope these measures will make a positive difference – as we have seen in Caerphilly and Newport where are the residents have come together and followed the rules. & # 39;

What are the new restrictions?

Under the new measures, people who are banned will not be allowed to enter or leave the county they live in without an appropriate excuse, such as traveling to work or education.

Also, people can only meet people they do not live with outdoors, and they cannot form or be in extended households.

How many people will be affected?

The local lockdown will affect around 504,000 people, bringing the number of people on lockdown in Wales to more than 2.3 million.

This means 16 areas of the country are subject to additional restrictions, with most of the other areas in South Wales which are off-limits.

Why are the measures initiated?

The Welsh government said the local bans are being imposed after people meet indoors, not following social distancing guidelines, and the return from overseas summer vacation with the virus has spiked in some cases.

Mr. Gething said, “These are largely related to people talking indoors and are a similar pattern of transmission as in South Wales.

"We have worked closely with the local authorities and police in North Wales and we all agree that swift action must be taken to control the spread of the virus."

How long are the bans?

While there is no definitive answer as to how long the new restrictions will apply, authorities have announced that they will be subject to "ongoing reviews".

Councilor Mark Pritchard, chairman of Wrexham County Borough Council, said, “There is a balance between people's health and the economy and we must do everything we can to get it right.

"These measures are under constant review as we seek to control the spread of the virus in Counties Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham."

Four Welsh local authorities – Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham – will be locked down at 6pm tonight and people will be banned from meeting anyone outside their household.

People are also prohibited from entering or leaving the county they live in without proper excuse, e.g. B. because of traveling to work or education.

In North Wales, the new local lockdown will affect around 504,000 people, bringing the number of people locked in the country to more than 2.3 million.

This means 16 areas of the country are subject to additional restrictions, with most of the other areas in South Wales which are off-limits.

This morning, North Wales Tourism's Jim Jones said he had seen no evidence that visitors were responsible for the spread and warned that the lockdown would destroy local businesses.

"Business is extreme and understandably frustrated, it's a dark day again," he told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast.

"They've invested so much time and taken extraordinary measures to be Covid compliant and keep everyone safe. Then suddenly they have to cancel bookings and tell visitors to go home."

The northeast was put new restrictions yesterday morning and people were banned from meeting anyone inside unless they are part of their covid bubble. However, this stood on the verge of a complete lockdown that would close pubs and restaurants.

It comes as Boris Johnson was backed by new numbers showing that the Covid infection rate has slowed since restrictions were tightened.

The results of the largest Covid-19 study in England showed that the R-rate fell from 1.7 to around 1.1 this month.

The director of the study at Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori said the interim results of 80,000 participants "reinforced the need for protective measures" to wipe out the virus.

That restrictions appear to help contain the spread of Covid-19 will help the Prime Minister impose curbs to smooth out the second wave.

The trio presented maps that made the divide between north and south coronaviruses clear. Official data shows that the average number of positive tests per day in North West England is at least twice that of any other region and that Scotland's cases are 14 times higher than in early August, beating the outbreak in England.

The northwest is currently diagnosed with an average of 1,595 cases of Covid-19 each day, compared to just 150 in the southwest, while Yorkshire, Humber and the northeast have the second highest infection rates. All 10 areas with the worst per capita ratios are in the north, while eight out of ten areas with the lowest are in the south. Professor Whitty said there was a "strong concentration" of coronavirus towards the top of England.

In an appeal to the public, the Prime Minister said: "If we work together now, we will give ourselves the best possible chance to avoid this result and avoid further action."

“I know some people will think we should give up and let the virus run its course, despite the enormous loss of life that could possibly result. I have to say that I deeply disagree. I don't think the British people want that. I don't think they want to throw the sponge in. They want to fight and defeat this virus and we will. & # 39;

“Even as we fight Covid, it's important that people get the treatment they need for other diseases. But I have to be clear if the NHS were overwhelmed by Covid then no one could get such care. & # 39;

Sir Patrick highlighted the surge in infections and defended his recent comments warning that there could be 50,000 coronavirus cases a day in the UK by mid-October. He said grimly, "Things are definitely going in the wrong direction."

Professor Whitty hit back critics, saying they accused him of being "too optimistic and too pessimistic about numbers". But he said the government failed to realize in March how quickly the virus was spreading and the bug could not be repeated. In somber news he said: "We have a long winter ahead of us."

Matt Hancock popped over vitamin D mistakes

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was urged today to clarify his facts after shooting down vitamin D as a potential coronavirus treatment, despite mounting evidence from around the world to suggest it works.

Experts have been calling on officials to investigate the effects of the immune system-boosting nutrient on Covid-19 patients for months after a mountain of research showed a link to vitamin D deficiency.

Mr Hancock told the House of Commons last week that he turned green on a government-funded "study" examining vitamin D and found it "appears to have no effects."

But officials have since admitted that no clinical trials have taken place, claiming it was a slip of the tongue from the Minister of Health – who spoke out strongly against face masks in the spring, claiming they were "extremely weak" at stopping the spread of Covid-19 .

According to national surveys in the UK, roughly one in five has low vitamin D levels, the equivalent of 13 million Britons.

Mr. Hancock has now agreed to meet experts to discuss the growing case of the vitamin the body produces when exposed to the sun. But his funky vitamin D discharge has sparked anger among scientists and MPs, who said today that time is running out for ministers to act as the “sun vitamin” levels drop dramatically in the fall and winter.

Experts said his comments showed "incredible ignorance" while Liberal Democrat MP Layla Morgan told MailOnline the foreign secretary should "listen, not dismiss". She added, “I hope Matt Hancock will be less funky about potential treatments in the future and clarify his facts before making such comments. We are in a crisis. It is time for politicians to stop playing science and listen to the experts. & # 39;

The data presented by Professor Whitty in the televised briefing showed a clear north-south divide between coronavirus infections across England.

The scientific advisors admitted that the upper half of the country is significantly more affected than the lower half, but insisted that the problem is not nationwide.

A heat map of infection rates across the country showed that almost all of the Southwest, Southeast, East Midlands and East of England were shaded in the lightest possible color, meaning the number of cases is below the England average.

The average infection rate for the entire country was 35.7 cases per 100,000, as in the last official update from Public Health England last Friday.

The color coding showed that the problem is worst in the northwest around Liverpool and Manchester and in the far northeast towards Newcastle.

Much of these two regions and the West Midlands – and to a lesser extent London and Cornwall – have been shown in a darker color, indicating that the fall rates are near or above average.

Professor Whitty said: “At this point there is a very high concentration in certain areas – particularly the Northwest, the Northeast and parts of the Midlands …

“There has been a general increase (in the rate of infection) across England, and so has Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, there has been a very rapid increase in certain areas. again, especially in the Northeast, Northwest, and Midlands areas (but not exclusively). & # 39;

The number of positive tests reported by the Ministry of Health reflects the information on the card. The northwest reports significantly more cases than any other region.

In the week leading up to September 23 – the latest available data – an average of 1,595 cases per day were diagnosed in the crisis region.

This was more than double the daily average of 663 in Yorkshire and Humber, three times that of 564 in the West Midlands and 551 in the Northeast.

It blows the southern regions except London (471 per day) out of the water.

In the East Midlands there were 274 cases per day over the same seven day period, 227 in the South East, 185 in the East of England and only 150 in the South West.

This means the looming threat of a national lockdown that Mr Johnson said yesterday he did not want to resort to but if he had to, exposing millions of people to severe restrictions due to the actions of hundreds of people from miles away .

MEPs have already warned against a "broad brush tactic" in which people in less affected areas are wrongly punished.

But Sir Patrick Vallance insisted: “It would be wrong to conclude that this is a problem that only occurs in certain areas.

"It's worse in certain areas, but there are signs of spread everywhere and we need to be aware of this and everyone must take precautions across the country."

Bars and restaurants may be forced to close in Liverpool (Image: People in town enjoying a drink outside yesterday) as part of a breaker lockdown

Bars and restaurants may be forced to close in Liverpool (Image: People in town enjoying a drink outside yesterday) as part of a breaker lockdown

Official data for Liverpool with Covid cases from September 21-27, broken down by age and gender

Official data for Liverpool with Covid cases from September 21-27, broken down by age and gender

Liverpool John Moores University campus remains in quarantine despite the footage of a huge alcohol rave in a lodging hall that emerged today

Liverpool John Moores University campus remains in quarantine despite the footage of a huge alcohol rave in a lodging hall that emerged today

Detected: All areas in England, Scotland and Wales affected by stricter local restrictions due to a surge in Covid-19 cases

Detected: All areas in England, Scotland and Wales affected by stricter local restrictions due to a surge in Covid-19 cases

The UK's Coronavirus Rules Map: If There Is Confusion, Where Can You Meet Up With Friends For A Beer Inside Or Outside? And will the lockdown police ask you for a "reasonable excuse"?

UK's complex rules on coronavirus have even confused the Prime Minister as numerous different restrictions have been put in place across the country to keep the number of coronavirus cases down.

Aside from the standard rules in England, there are eight different regions with additional restrictions or rules that are different from those in England.

In total, around 16.6 million people are under local lockdown in the UK, a quarter of the population.

Some of the subtle differences include the differences between different local restricted areas in England. For example, residents of the Northeast are legally prohibited from meeting people outside their households in pubs – but they are also free to do so outdoors.

In Bolton, pubs and restaurants are completely closed for takeout only, while funerals and weddings are limited to six people. In the northeast, the border for weddings and funerals remains 15.

The decentralized regions also have different rules. The rule of six applies to children in England, but not to children under 12 in Scotland and children under 11 in Wales.

In Scotland, the rule of six is ​​restricted to people living in two households in Scotland. Residents are not allowed to house guests in their own four walls if the guests are from outside their household or support a bubble.

In Wales, the six rule is limited to people with up to four indoor households. Outside, people can gather in groups of up to 30 people, but should socially distance themselves from people in other households.

Welsh local restricted areas allow people to meet in groups of up to 30 people in their own gardens. However, in English local restricted areas, the rules apply to both gardens and houses. Welsh are also prohibited from leaving local restricted areas unless they have a "reasonable excuse".

Welsh wedding ceremonies have no limit on the number of participants, but they must wear masks, including the bride and groom. Welsh wedding receptions are limited to 30 people.

These are the rules:

England:

Social gatherings

No more than six people are allowed to gather inside or outside – with a few exceptions, which include going to school, work or "extraordinary life events".

Unlike Wales and Scotland, children are not exempt from the rules

If these new restrictions are breached, it will result in a £ 200 fine (£ 100 if paid within 14 days) which doubles to £ 3,200 for each incident.

Pubs and restaurants

Pubs and restaurants across England have to close at 10pm. The rule of six still applies, but applies to every group within the venue – not to the entire venue.

The venues are now legally required to store the contact details of one member from each visitor group for 21 days. That way they can instantly send them to NHS Test and Trace if necessary.

The hospitality venue could be fined for failing to adhere to Covid's safety standards and the government pledges to assist local authorities to "further and faster their powers against violating venues." to use ".

Covid-19 safe venues such as places of worship, restaurants, and pubs can still host larger numbers, but groups of up to six people cannot mix or form larger groups.

travel

The six-border rule does not apply to strangers gathering in the same room as a train or bus.

The government's guidelines state, “You can help control the coronavirus and travel safely on foot and by bike if you can. However, where this is not possible, you can use public transport or drive.

"If you use public transport, you must wear face-covering and follow the safer travel instructions for passengers."

schools

Face masks are not required in schools outside of the local restricted areas. Face masks are required for 7th grade students and older in common areas in areas where local lockdowns exist.

job

The six-person limit does not apply to work gatherings. Offices should take steps to ensure social distancing is maintained.

The government initially asked workers to return to the office, but has since turned around and urged everyone who can work from home to reduce the number of cases.

Sports

You can continue to participate in organized sports or licensed physical activities in groups of more than 6 people outdoors and up to 6 people indoors (for those over the age of 18).

Organized dance and exercise classes can be held in groups of more than six participants, but you cannot mix with more than five other participants.

Masks

Face covering must be worn in public transport, in shops and supermarkets. They are also needed in other indoor spaces such as museums, cinemas, galleries and places of worship.

The government also advised people to go where they cannot adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Hotel and retail workers are now required to wear face covers at work, as are passengers in taxis.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings are limited to 15 people and funerals to 30 people. Employees working on these events are not included.

North East and Liverpool:

Seven municipalities in the northeast and Liverpool have some of the toughest restrictions that went into effect on Wednesday. The affected areas are:

  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle
  • Northumberland
  • North Tyneside
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland
  • Liverpool
  • Warrington
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesborough

How are the rules different from the rest of England?

Social gatherings

Residents are legally prohibited from meeting friends who are not in their household or who support the bladder indoors. This includes in their homes or gardens, pubs and restaurants. But it doesn't include anything outdoors, including pub beer gardens.

The police will be able to take action against those who break these rules, including asking the population to disperse and fines starting at £ 200 for those who attend illegal gatherings.

While the rules don't prohibit people from meeting outside under the rule of six, residents shouldn't "come into contact with people they don't live with," according to the government council. Visiting nursing home residents is also not recommended.

Pubs and restaurants

Restaurants like the rest of the country have to close at 10 p.m. It is against the law to sit in a pub with someone who you do not live with or who is in your bladder.

travel

Public transport is limited to “essential journeys”, be it work, school or caring for an older relative. Leaving the area is also restricted to “essential” reasons.

However, this is not a law, just advice from the government. It is left to people to judge for themselves what is essential.

schools

Face masks are required for students from 7th grade and above in common areas in certain areas.

job

Same as the rest of England

Masks

Same as the rest of England

Sports

Sports can be enjoyed outdoors by more than six people, but indoors there are only six people from just one "household and one support bubble," the government said.

Organized dance and exercise classes can be held outdoors in groups of more than 6 people where a risk assessment has been carried out. However, you cannot mix with more than five other participants.

Weddings and funerals

Same as the rest of the country.

Bolton *

Bolton underwent tougher lockdowns on September 5 as the persistent infection rate remained high. At one point the rate rose to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week, which was the highest in England.

Social gatherings

People are not allowed to take in people from outside their own household or carry bubbles in their homes or gardens.

Outdoor meetings are allowed, but pubs and restaurants are closed.

Pubs and restaurants

Bolton pubs are closed to keep infections from flaring up. They can only be served to take away and must close completely between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

travel

People can enter and leave Bolton for work, educational, or other reasons deemed “essential”.

schools

Face masks are required for students from 7th grade and above in common areas in certain areas.

job

Same as in the rest of England.

Masks

Same as in the rest of England.

Sports

You can continue to participate in organized sporting or licensed physical activities in groups of more than 6 people outdoors and up to 6 people indoors (for those over the age of 18).

Weddings and funerals

In Bolton a maximum of 6 people should attend these events. The government says this should be limited to the close family of the people who are getting married, or the person who has died, or to people who live with them (d) or have formed a support bubble. A close friend can only attend a funeral if there are no household members or immediate family members present.

* The rules will change to the same rules as in the Northwest on October 2nd

North and South Wales

Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham residents will be banned from mixing with other households indoors from 6 p.m. on Thursday. 500,000 people are affected. The full list of Welsh Restricted Areas includes:

  • Carmarthensire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon plate
  • Merhtyr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen
  • Newport
  • Cardiff
  • Glamorgan Valley
  • Bridgend
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Wrexham

How are the rules different from England?

Social gatherings:

The Welsh local restricted areas prohibit meeting anyone outside your own household indoors.

Meetings in gardens or outdoors are allowed.

However, people are allowed to gather outdoors in groups of 30 people – even in private gardens.

Outside the local restricted areas, Wales has the rule of six but is restricted to people from four different households.

The rule of six in Wales only applies to children 11 years and older.

travel

In the local Welsh Restricted Areas, travel to another area is prohibited unless a person can provide a “reasonable apology”. This can include going to school or working.

Failure to provide a reasonable excuse can result in an individual being fined and prosecuted by the courts.

Pubs and restaurants

Pubs and restaurants have to close at 10:00 p.m. and can only offer table service.

schools

The schools are not affected by the local Welsh locks. All children over the age of 11 are advised to wear masks in indoor public spaces.

job

The Welsh local locks do not affect the rules for working from home. The Welsh Government advises employees to work from home wherever possible and should not return to work unless clearly shown to do so.

Masks

The Welsh Government legally requires face masks in public places indoors for anyone over the age of 11.

Weddings and funerals

Welsh weddings and funerals must wear face masks. This includes the bride and groom, who can remove their masks to kiss.

The size of the ceremonies is unlimited. Receptions and guards are limited to 30 people.

Sports

Organized outdoor sports are allowed, but social disatncing must be maintained at all times and the number of participants is limited to 30 people.

Gyms and leisure centers can remain open, but users must wear masks when not doing strenuous exercise. Indoor sports that cannot be socially distanced are prohibited.

Cycling is allowed, but only within the limits of the local restricted area.

The rest of Wales

Other areas in Wales have so far managed to stay clear of new restrictions but are still subject to Welsh rules.

How are the rules different from England?

Social gatherings

The rule of six applies indoors in Wales but is restricted to people from four different households. However, people are allowed to gather outdoors in groups of 30 people – even in private gardens.

The rule of six in Wales only applies to children 11 years and older.

travel

People from the rest of Wales are only allowed to travel to the local restricted areas if they have a "reasonable excuse".

You are allowed to go on vacation or travel for other “legitimate” reasons.

Pubs and restaurants

Pubs und Restaurants müssen um 22:00 Uhr schließen und können nur Tischservice anbieten

Schulen

Allen Kindern über 11 Jahren wird empfohlen, in öffentlichen Innenräumen Masken zu tragen.

job

Die walisische Regierung rät den Mitarbeitern, wo immer möglich von zu Hause aus zu arbeiten, und sollte nicht an den Arbeitsplatz zurückkehren, es sei denn, sie müssen dies eindeutig nachweisen.

Masken

Die walisische Regierung verlangt Gesichtsmasken an öffentlichen Orten in Innenräumen für alle Personen über 11 Jahre.

Hochzeiten und Beerdigungen

Teilnehmer an walisischen Hochzeiten und Beerdigungen müssen Gesichtsmasken tragen. Dies schließt die Braut und den Bräutigam ein, die ihre Masken entfernen können, um zu küssen.

Die Größe der Zeremonien ist unbegrenzt. Empfänge und Wachen sind auf 30 Personen begrenzt.

Sports

Organisierter Outdoor-Sport im Freien ist erlaubt, aber die soziale Distanz muss jederzeit gewahrt bleiben und die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 30 Personen begrenzt.

Turnhallen und Freizeitzentren können geöffnet bleiben, aber Benutzer müssen Masken tragen, wenn sie keine anstrengenden Übungen durchführen. Indoor-Sportarten, die nicht sozial distanziert werden können, sind verboten.

Schottland

Erster Minister Nicola Sturgeon hat letzte Woche die Reaktion von Covid-19 in Schottland noch einen Schritt weiter vorangetrieben und sich erneut als vorsichtiger als das benachbarte England erwiesen. Sperrgebiete nördlich der Grenze sind:

  • West Dunbartonshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • Glasgow City
  • Renfrewshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • North Lanarkshire

Wie unterscheiden sich die Regeln von England?

Gesellschaftliche Zusammenkünfte

Die Sechserregel gilt in Schottland drinnen und draußen, es gibt jedoch auch eine Begrenzung für Personen aus zwei Haushalten.

Einwohner Schottlands dürfen keine Personen von außerhalb ihres eigenen Haushalts in ihren eigenen vier Wänden aufnehmen. Sie können Menschen in ihrem Garten aufnehmen, müssen sich jedoch an die oben genannte Sechserregel halten.

Pubs und Restaurants

Menschen dürfen sich in Pub-Biergärten treffen – sechs Personen aus maximal zwei Haushalten. Sie schließen um 22 Uhr.

travel

Gleich wie England.

Schulen

Gesichtsmasken sind in Gemeinschaftsbereichen von weiterführenden Schulen obligatorisch.

job

Jeder, der von zu Hause aus arbeiten kann, sollte es tun. Nicht wesentliche Büros und Call Center sollten noch nicht wieder geöffnet werden.

Masken

Menschen müssen Gesichtsbedeckungen tragen in: Aquarien, Innenzoos oder Besucherfarmen und allen anderen Touristen-, Kultur- oder Kulturstätten, Banken, Bausparkassen und Kreditgenossenschaften, Kinos, Gemeindezentren, Krematorien und Bestattungsunternehmen, Bibliotheken, Museen und Galerien , Kultstätten, Postämter, Lager- und Vertriebseinrichtungen, einschließlich Sammel- und Abgabestellen, Bingohallen, Casinos, Kegelbahnen, Spielhallen und andere Freizeiteinrichtungen (wie Snooker- und Poolhallen), Indoor-Jahrmärkte, Indoor-Fitnessstudios, Turnhallen, Schwimmbäder oder andere Indoor-Freizeitzentren, Indoor-Eisbahnen.

Sports

Menschen können am organisierten Outdoor-Sport teilnehmen. In Innenräumen sind Kontaktsportarten nicht gestattet und soziale Distanz muss gewahrt bleiben.

Hochzeiten und Beerdigungen

Hochzeiten, standesamtliche Trauungen und Beerdigungen sollten drinnen oder draußen nicht mehr als 20 Personen haben.

Nordwest

26 andere Gebiete im Norden unterliegen einigen Einschränkungen. Die betroffenen Gebiete sind:

  • Blackburn
  • Blackpool
  • Burnley
  • Chorley
  • Fylde
  • Warte
  • Hyndburn
  • Knowsley
  • Lancaster
  • Liverpool
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Ribble Valley
  • Rossendale
  • Sefton
  • South Ribble
  • St. Helens
  • West Lancashire
  • Wirral
  • Wyre
  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Kirklees
  • Leeds
  • Großraum Manchester

Gesellschaftliche Zusammenkünfte

Menschen dürfen keine Menschen von außerhalb ihres eigenen Haushalts aufnehmen oder Blasen in ihren Häusern oder im Garten tragen.

Die Polizei wird in der Lage sein, gegen diejenigen vorzugehen, die gegen diese Regeln verstoßen, einschließlich der Aufforderung an die Bevölkerung, sich zu zerstreuen, und Feste Strafanzeigen ab 200 GBP für diejenigen, die an illegalen Versammlungen teilnehmen. (£ 100 bei Zahlung innerhalb von 14 Tagen).

Während die Regeln Menschen nicht verbieten, sich unter der Regel von sechs in Pubs oder Restaurants zu treffen, hat die Regierung den Rat erteilt, dass Einwohner von Staaten nicht „mit Menschen in Kontakt treten sollten, mit denen Sie nicht leben“. Es wird auch davon abgeraten, Pflegeheimbewohner zu besuchen.

Pubs und Restaurants

Pubs und Restaurants müssen um 22 Uhr schließen. Die Richtlinien empfehlen, den sozialen Kontakt mit anderen Haushalten in Restaurants, Cafés, Geschäften, Kultstätten, Gemeindezentren, Freizeit- und Unterhaltungsstätten oder Besucherattraktionen und Parks zu vermeiden. Aber es ist nicht verboten.

travel

In den meisten Gebieten des Nordwestens sind die öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel auf „wesentliche Fahrten“ beschränkt, sei es auf der Arbeit oder in der Schule oder bei der Betreuung eines älteren Verwandten. Das Verlassen des Gebiets ist auch auf „wesentliche“ Gründe beschränkt.

Dies ist jedoch kein Gesetz, sondern nur ein Ratschlag der Regierung. Es bleibt den Menschen überlassen, selbst zu beurteilen, was wesentlich ist.

Der Großraum Manchester ist ausgenommen, abgesehen von Oldham, wo die Bewohner angewiesen wurden, die Nutzung öffentlicher Verkehrsmittel zu vermeiden und stattdessen zu Fuß oder mit dem Fahrrad zu gehen, wo sie können.

Auf der Website der Regierung sind akzeptable Gründe für Einheimische aufgeführt, einen Bus, Zug oder eine Straßenbahn zu nehmen: Um zur Arbeit und zurück zu gelangen; wichtige Lebensmittel oder medizinische Versorgung einschließlich Click-and-Collect-Services zu erhalten; jemanden zu unterstützen, der verwundbar ist, wenn dies sonst niemand kann; in Ihrer Unterstützungsblase zu und von den Häusern anderer zu reisen; gegebenenfalls eine Einrichtung für frühe Jahre, eine Schule oder ein College zu besuchen oder ein Kind zu begleiten, das eine Einrichtung für frühe Jahre, eine Schule oder ein College besucht; gesetzliche Verpflichtungen zu erfüllen; medizinische Hilfe in Anspruch nehmen oder Krankheiten, Verletzungen oder Schäden vermeiden.

Einwohner können weiterhin Urlaub machen, wo immer sie möchten – vorbehaltlich der Reiseleitung des Auswärtigen Amtes -, solange sie nur mit Personen in ihrer Blase unterwegs sind.

Schulen

Gesichtsmasken sind für Schüler ab der 7. Klasse in Gemeinschaftsbereichen in bestimmten Bereichen erforderlich.

job

Gleich wie im Rest von England.

Masken

Gleich wie im Rest von England.

Sports

Gleich wie im Rest von England.

Hochzeiten und Beerdigungen

Gleich wie im Rest von England.

West Midlands

Großbritanniens zweitgrößte Stadt und drei umliegende Gebiete wurden vor zwei Wochen wegen Bedenken, dass sich die Beschränkungen auf andere Regionen ausbreiten könnten, vor Ort gesperrt.

  • Birmingham
  • Sandwell
  • Solihull
  • Wolverhampton

Gesellschaftliche Zusammenkünfte

Menschen dürfen keine Menschen von außerhalb ihres eigenen Haushalts aufnehmen oder Blasen in ihren Häusern oder im Garten tragen.

Treffen außerhalb und in Pubs sind erlaubt, jedoch nur unter der Regel von sechs.

Pubs und Restaurants

Pubs und Restaurants müssen um 22 Uhr schließen.

travel

Wenn Sie in dem betroffenen Gebiet leben, können Sie außerhalb von ihnen reisen. Sie dürfen jedoch keine Menschen treffen, mit denen Sie nicht in ihrem Haus oder Garten leben, weder innerhalb noch außerhalb der betroffenen Gebiete, es sei denn, sie befinden sich in Ihrer Unterstützungsblase.

Schulen

Gesichtsmasken sind für Schüler ab der 7. Klasse in Gemeinschaftsbereichen in bestimmten Bereichen erforderlich.

job

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Masken

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Sports

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Hochzeiten und Beerdigungen

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Covid Situation

Coronavirus-Fälle nehmen in ganz Birmingham zu. 12.995 Schüler und 714 Lehrer sind zu Hause selbstisolierend.

112 der Schulen der Stadt haben seit der Wiedereröffnung für Schüler Anfang dieses Monats Infektionen erlebt.

Leicester

Das Ministerium für Gesundheit und Soziales hat gestern die geltenden Regeln für die lokale Sperrung von Leicester angepasst. Die Änderungen gelten auch für:

  • Stadt Leicester
  • Oadby
  • Wigston

Gesellschaftliche Zusammenkünfte

Menschen dürfen keine Menschen von außerhalb ihres eigenen Haushalts aufnehmen oder Blasen in ihren Häusern oder im Garten tragen.

Treffen außerhalb und in Pubs sind erlaubt, jedoch nur unter der Regel von sechs.

Leicester ist das einzige Gebiet des Landes, in dem seit der Aufhebung des Restes des Landes am 4. Juli zusätzliche Maßnahmen ergriffen werden mussten.

Anfällige Bewohner sollen bis zum 5. Oktober abgeschirmt bleiben.

Nach diesem Datum wird die formelle Abschirmung in der Region unterbrochen, und der Stadtrat von Leicester wird die Beratung der lokalen Bevölkerung übernehmen, was zu tun ist.

Pubs und Restaurants

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

travel

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Schulen

Gesichtsmasken sind für Schüler ab der 7. Klasse in Gemeinschaftsbereichen in bestimmten Bereichen erforderlich. Die Eltern wurden gebeten, auf dem Schullauf Masken zu tragen.

job

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Masken

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Sports

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Hochzeiten und Beerdigungen

Gleich wie der Rest von England.

Gibt es Lücken?

Obwohl weite Teile von England, Schottland und Wales in irgendeiner Form lokal gesperrt sind, gibt es einige Lücken, die Menschen ausnutzen könnten.

Holen Sie sich nach 22 Uhr ein Bier

Punters can still get their hands on a draft pint after 10pm if they use establishments at motorway services because they are classed as an essential service.

The Hope and Champion is a Wetherspoon at Beaconsfield Services on the M40, in Buckinghamshire is one pub that can still legally serve after the curfew lasting until 5am. It provides food and drink for those on the roads, so now remains open later than other pubs.

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