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The UK has the FEW daily Covid-19 cases in 14 days


The UK today registered the fewest daily Covid-19 cases in 14 days. This is further evidence that the crisis is slowing and not getting out of hand ahead of England's national lockdown on Thursday.

Health Department figures show an additional 18,950 people tested positive for the disease – a 9.3 percent decrease in one week and the lowest since Monday October 19 (18,804).

Top scientists claimed the data suggests England's three-step lockdown approach actually worked by slowing the pace of growth in the north. However, an infectious disease expert warned that the tests may have reached capacity or that another counting error has occurred that skews actual daily numbers.

There were an additional 136 coronavirus deaths in the UK – up 33.3 percent from the 102 laboratory-confirmed deaths recorded last week. Monday's death toll is always lower than the rest of the week due to a delay in recording on the NHS.

And government data today showed the UK claims to have met its target of having 500,000 virus tests a day by the end of October. Boris Johnson described it as "a considerable thing that needs to be done". The UK only had room to handle 300,000 swabs per day at the beginning of the month.

It comes as Boris Johnson asked Tories today to stick with his Covid-19 strategy as he defended his plan to put England into a new national lockdown. Angry conservatives have classified the policy as "unimaginable" and compared the measures with those of a "totalitarian regime".

In a statement to the Commons, the Prime Minister insisted that cases were so high that there was "no alternative" to months of blanket restrictions across England. He said otherwise the death toll could double what it was at the previous peak.

On another chaotic day as the UK grapples with its worst public health crisis in generations:

  • Retail and leisure company stocks have fallen as the stock market reacted to Mr Johnson's hastily published plans.
  • Mr Sunak has announced that support for the self-employed will be stepped up along with the vacation, which has been extended for the duration of the national lockdown.
  • Wales has insisted the "fire safety" lockdown end on November 9th despite moving to England as divisions within the UK widened alarmingly.
  • There are complaints that a model suggesting that 4,000 people a day could die from coronavirus by the next month could be four or five times too high and is already out of date.
  • SAGE experts have claimed that thousands of lives could have been saved if the government had locked up earlier.

BORIS BEGINS TORIES TO BELIEVE IN HIS COVID STRATEGY

Boris Johnson asked Tories today to stick to his coronavirus strategy as he defended his plan to push England into a new national lockdown

Boris Johnson asked Tories today to stick to his coronavirus strategy as he defended his plan to push England into a new national lockdown

Boris Johnson asked Tories today to stick to his coronavirus strategy as he defended his plan to push England into a new national lockdown.

In a statement to the Commons, the Prime Minister insisted that cases were so high that there was "no alternative" to months of blanket restrictions across England.

He said otherwise the death toll could double what it was at the previous peak.

But he tried to mitigate a growing mutiny by assuring the House that the measures will legally end on December 2nd – and if they need to be extended there will be another vote.

He also stated that the self-employed grants will be increased from 40 percent of average previous earnings to 80 percent, although it's not clear if this only applies for the time of the bottleneck.

However, Sir Keir Starmer launched a bitter attack on Mr Johnson for failing to get the action started quickly.

He said the prime minister wasted 40 days calling for a "breaker" by his own scientific experts – during that time, daily deaths rose from just 11 to 326.

Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline, "The first thing to say is that it is only a day and it is entirely plausible that it is some kind of malfunction in the system acts. "

"I never think it's worth jumping over the dates one day and getting too excited, especially on a Monday."

“But the epidemic seems to be slowing slightly. With the moving average, the rate of increase has been slowing for about a week. We all thought it was going to slow down about two weeks ago and they forgot to add several thousand to the dataset.

"Let's just assume it's slowing down. The national lockdown clearly has nothing to do with it. In recent weeks, the rate of increase in northern cities – tier two and tier three cities – appears to have slowed down." # 39;

He added, “One possibility, but it's too early to say that the regional animal system actually works. I'm not saying it was, but that could explain it.

"The only possible explanation is that it was a glitch and that there was another problem with the reporting."

"From my point of view, the problem is when we deal with something like this, if we keep changing the rules and don't give them enough time to come into effect, you never know which measures have worked."

Mr Johnson tried to ease a growing mutiny by assuring the House that the measures will legally end on December 2nd – and if they need to be extended, there will be another vote.

He also stated that the self-employed grants will be increased from 40 percent of average previous earnings to 80 percent, although it's not clear if this only applies for the time of the bottleneck.

However, Labor Sir Keir Starmer launched a bitter attack on Mr Johnson for failing to move quickly enough.

He said the prime minister wasted 40 days calling for a "breaker" by his own scientific experts – during that time, daily deaths rose from just 11 to 326.

The intervention came when Mr Johnson was exposed to the wrath of Conservative MPs who were angry about the "evil" new rules. They were classified as "unimaginable" and compared to the actions of a "totalitarian regime".

A crunch vote is due on Wednesday on the lockdown plan, with dozens of Tories threatening to oppose them.

There is little risk of the restrictions being lifted, but Mr Johnson could humbly rely on Labor for support to carry the day.

The 4,000 deaths per day scenario was based on the assumption that there would be 1,000 per day in early November. The actual number of people dying is significantly lower. An average of 182 were confirmed per day in England and 162 across the UK yesterday

The 4,000 deaths per day scenario was based on the assumption that there would be 1,000 per day in early November. The actual number of people dying is significantly lower. An average of 182 were confirmed per day in England and 162 across the UK yesterday

HOW VALLANCE & # 39; S PRESS BRIEFING LOCKED THE FUSE FOR NOVEMBER 5TH

Scientists and cabinet pigeons have been accused of extraordinary choreography to force Boris Johnson into lockdown the draconian coronavirus – amid warnings that could destroy the economy.

MPs are furious at the concerted efforts to get the Prime Minister to enforce the fluctuating restrictions in England from December 2nd, as announced today, Science Chief Sir Patrick Vallance gave reporters a bloody briefing on Friday, in which he claimed the claims SAGE underscored an immediate lockdown – alongside numbers suggesting more than 85,000 people could die this winter.

The bomb was assessed an hour before the Prime Minister's powerful "quad" met. Michael Gove, Matt Hancock, and Rishi Sunak met around 3:30 p.m. to discuss the move.

Sir Patrick told stunned reporters that it was too late for a two-week breaker and that a four-week lockdown similar to that introduced in France was the best way to control the R number. Those attending the briefing had little doubt that national pressure would come.

In fact, Mr Johnson had still hesitated on the matter that morning when Secretary of State Dominic Raab was dispatched to defend the local "Tiers" system on the radio waves. The Prime Minister "even debated against himself" about whether the damage from the lockdown during the "Quad" meeting would be worse than the illness.

Faced with terrible predictions from Sir Patrick and Chris Whitty, he put the wheels in motion for a month-long lockdown.

Within hours, the elite group's preliminary ruling was relayed to the Daily Mail and Times before the entire cabinet was informed to prevent the prime minister from changing his mind.

On Saturday morning, the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg announced details of two key documents shown to the "Quad". This is a controversial prediction that the daily death toll would reach 4,000 a day and NHS hospitals would be overwhelmed.

Prior to the statement, spokesman Lindsay Hoyle pinpointed government leaks that prevented the news from being released to parliament first. He insisted that the perpetrator must be identified and if it is a MP they must personally apologize to the House.

Scientists and cabinet pigeons have been accused of extraordinary choreography to force Mr Johnson into the draconian lockdown – amid warnings that could destroy the economy.

MPs are furious at the concerted efforts to get the Prime Minister to enforce fluctuating restrictions in England from December 2nd on when it was revealed that Science Chief Sir Patrick Vallance gave reporters a bloody briefing on Friday making the demands after prompt disclosure, SAGE underscored Lockdown – alongside numbers suggesting more than 85,000 people could die this winter.

The bomb was assessed an hour before the Prime Minister's mighty "quad", Michael Gove, Matt Hancock and Rishi Sunak, met around 3:30 pm to discuss the move.

Sir Patrick told stunned reporters that it was too late for a two-week breaker and that a four-week lockdown similar to that introduced in France was the best way to control the R number. Those attending the briefing had little doubt that national pressure would come.

In fact, Mr Johnson had still hesitated on the matter that morning when Secretary of State Dominic Raab was dispatched to defend the local "Tiers" system on the radio waves. The prime minister "even debated against himself" about whether the damage from the lockdown during the "quad" meeting would be worse than the illness.

Faced with terrible predictions from Sir Patrick and Chris Whitty, he put the wheels in motion for a month-long lockdown.

Within hours, the elite group's preliminary ruling was relayed to the Daily Mail and Times before the entire cabinet was informed to prevent the prime minister from changing his mind.

On Saturday morning, the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg announced details of two key documents shown to the "Quad". This is a controversial prediction that the daily death toll would reach 4,000 a day and NHS hospitals would be overwhelmed.

Since then, it has been criticized that the projection of 4,000 per day was already out of date. It was created by experts from the University of Cambridge and Public Health England, who have since revised their numbers and reduced the possible number of deaths.

Even so, both slides formed an important part of the data officially unveiled on Saturday night when a lively Mr Johnson made his announcement after calling his unsuspecting, broader cabinet.

A formal leak investigation has now been launched to find the culprit – with allegations that only 15 people attended the meeting, including Sir Patrick, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Sir Simon Stevens, head of NHS England.

There have even been dark threats that the police could be called in to find out who was undermining the prime minister's approach.

It comes as cabinet ministers warned that all bets are closed that families can celebrate Christmas together if Boris Johnson's national lockdown does not contain coronavirus infection rates.

The Prime Minister's shutdown across England is slated to begin Thursday. The government's goal is to lift the blanket restrictions on December 2nd.

However, the government has not guaranteed that this will be a firm exit date, amid concerns that the closure could be extended over the festive period and even into the New Year.

Ministers believe the "delay" between the point of infection and the time people can become seriously ill could mean that deaths continue to rise even until the lockdown ends.

This could result in the draconian measures having to be maintained until early 2021 or beyond.

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