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UK coronavirus LIVE: London to enter Tier 2 lockdown after midnight on Friday as millions face new Covid restrictions


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Better than half the inhabitants of England is making ready for more challenging lockdown restrictions from midnight tonight as London and other “excessive anguish” areas enter Covid Tier 2.

The capital will join areas at the side of Essex and Elmbridge in seeing strict contemporary measures imposed, with thousands and thousands of folks banned from mixing with other households indoors, at the side of in pubs and eating areas.

Meanwhile, Lancashire has changed into easiest the 2d location to enter the stay band of restrictions, as Boris Johnson faces mounting rigidity over his Govt’s medication of the North.

Councillors maintain accused ministers of “blackmailing and forcing” native leadsers into agreeing to strict contemporary principles, with one council boss asserting they were threatened with “more draconian measures” in the occasion that they refused Downing Boulevard’s terms.

It comes as scientific advisers and native leaders proceed to name for so-called “circuit-breaker” shutdowns, with Welsh First Minister Tag Drakeford confirming plans to introduce “a brand contemporary position of national principles for the entire of Wales”.

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181 college students purchase coronavirus in Nigerian college

A entire of 181 college students and workers at a non-public boarding college in the Nigerian capital Lagos maintain examined particular for coronavirus, train health authorities stated on Friday.

Authorities stated there had been a “minor nonetheless significant” outbreak among the many 441 workers and college students on the college in the suburb of Lekki and stated most of the now-quarantined particular cases were asymptomatic.

Lagos train Commissioner for Neatly being Akin Abayomi stated in an announcement posted on Twitter that the cases came to gentle after a 14-twelve months-used girl fell ill on October 3. She examined particular for Covid-19 on October 6, prompting train health authorities to begin an investigation.

“Definite college students and workers were isolated on the premises … and are being monitored in isolation inside of the college premises,” Abayomi stated.

He stated authorities had taken steps to own the unfold of the virus, and were discouraging any college students from going dwelling, lest they infect family members.

Nigeria has confirmed a entire 60,982 cases of Covid-19 and 1,116 deaths linked to the disease.

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Liverpool Mayor’s brother in intensive care with Covid

The Mayor of Liverpool has published his brother is in intensive care with Covid-19 and entreated folks to use the principles to forestall the unfold of the virus.

Joe Anderson stated on Twitter that his eldest brother was in a “very serious situation” in health facility in the city, the first dwelling to face the toughest native lockdown restrictions in England after being placed on a “very excessive” alert diploma.

Mr Anderson tweeted on Friday night time: “10 mins ago my sister-in-regulation a Nursing Sister has told me my eldest brother her husband has got Covid-19 he is in the Royal LivHospitals in the ICU in a very serious situation.”

His tweet also highlighted a video shared by the Liverpool Metropolis Council Twitter account that featured Dr Richard Wenstone making a plea for folk to use coronavirus principles to ease rigidity on the NHS.

Mr Anderson wrote: “Please gape the video, apply the principles & perceive why all of us ought to fight the enemy – Covid.”

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Malta to bag face masks obligatory in public

Malta is making the wearing of face masks obligatory in public and ordering golf equipment, bars and areas of leisure to shut at 11 p.m. to cut again the unfold of Covid-19, High Minister Robert Abela stated on Friday.

“Neatly being was and might maybe even honest stay a priority, nonetheless lifestyles has to switch on,” Abela told a press conference on the day the Mediterranean island recorded a day-to-day document 122 contemporary cases among its inhabitants of 500,000.

“Here’s a wanted time to fight Covid-19 and offer protection to the economic system and jobs,” he stated, adding that measures to abet businesses will be announced on Monday when the national Budget is equipped.

Abela stated the restrict of 10 these that can meet in teams is being maintained, nonetheless everyone now has to wear a disguise except they’re at dwelling or of their automobile. Individuals might maybe even honest decide away their masks when seated in eating areas.

The 11 p.m. closing time for bars and golf equipment will reach into power on Monday.

Neatly being Minister Chris Fearne stated snappy attempting out for Covid-19 will even be rolled out for airport arrivals and at faculties and clinics the place cases of the virus are suspected.

Malta on Friday stopped passengers disembarking from the MSC Grandiosa cruise ship over a suspected case of Covid-19.

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Mr Burnham continued:

“We’re now not convinced that closing hospitality venues is maybe among the finest formula to offer protection to hospitals and we prefer to peep at other measures, such as reinstating shielding arrangements and introducing more challenging on the spot closure powers on non-compliant pubs, eating areas, retail outlets and other enterprise premises.

“We firmly comprise that keeping health is ready more than controlling the virus, and requires elegant enhance for folk whose lives would be severely tormented by a Tier-3 lockdown.

“We attain now not comprise that doubtlessly the newest proposals provide enough enhance and this is why we stay up for extra talks.”

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Better Manchester’s political leaders are continuing to resist rigidity to honest decide up the very supreme diploma of coronavirus restrictions

Regional mayor Andy Burnham and council leaders wrote: “At our closing assembly with Downing Boulevard officers the old day morning, we were told they’d arrange a extra assembly later in the day to give a response to our requests.

“That did now not happen and, regardless of being on standby all day currently, we’re still ready for it to be arranged. We can lisp the High Minister that we’re ready to fulfill at any time to maintain a study out to agree a formula ahead.

“We might maybe moreover sigh with self assurance that now we maintain done, and might maybe even honest proceed to attain, all the pieces inside of our vitality to offer protection to the health of our residents, at the side of being the first dwelling in the nation to conform to native restrictions relief in July.”

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Boris Johnson publicizes that the UK has equipped ‘thousands and thousands’ of snappy attempting out Covid kits

Boris Johnson stated the UK has equipped “thousands and thousands” of contemporary snappy turnaround Covid-19 checks and is rising the ability to carry out more.


The High Minister told a Quantity 10 data conference that a couple of of the saliva checks might maybe even negate ends up in precisely 15 minutes.

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Increasing rigidity to raise relief hybrid Commons lawsuits

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg was going thru rising rigidity to resume “hybrid” lawsuits in Parliament after a senior Conservative MP called for the measures to resume.

Sir Bernard Jenkin, the chair of the Commons Liaison Committee, wrote to Mr Rees-Mogg asserting that he would purchase to peep digital balloting return amid rising coronavirus cases.

The Tory MP for Harwich and North Essex added: “As more areas reach below bigger restrictions to administration the unfold of Covid-19, this can changed into increasingly hard for the general public to realise why contributors are still required to shuffle to and from London so to signify them.”

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Liverpool ladies folk’s health facility stops antenatal and postnatal visits

Liverpool Girls’s Sanatorium will pause antenatal and postnatal visiting on health facility wards from midnight due to “the rising seriousness of the Covid-19 self-discipline”, a spokesman stated.

The health facility spokesman stated: “We bear in mind that this resolution will be nerve-racking for ladies folk and their families so soon after antenatal and postnatal inpatient visiting was reintroduced.

“Nonetheless, the resolution to place restrictions relief in space has now not been taken frivolously.

“To bag this resolution now we maintain taken into consideration the Govt’s newest introduction of tiered restrictions throughout the nation and the proven truth that Liverpool’s newest self-discipline is doubtless one of the most many most serious at Tier 3.

“Due to the this truth, to retain everyone protected, we feel it is a long way maybe the most guilty and most bag thing to attain to temporarily pause antenatal and postnatal visiting.”

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Lancashire police chief welcomes tier 3 restrictions

Commenting on the drawing near near Tier 3 restrictions, Lancashire Police Assistant Chief Constable Terry Woods stated: “We’d look a proper particular right here, in that for plenty of weeks now now we maintain had a couple of completely different regulations in space reckoning on the place you were in Lancashire.

“Now we maintain got one very positive, very straightforward position of principles and steering in Lancashire.

“It’s all the vogue down to each particular particular person in Lancashire now to attain their very have be taught, peep at what’s allowed and what’s now not allowed, and there are some really straightforward, positive messages that they’ll pull from that.”

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PM hopes to prefer tier 3 as rapidly as that you simply would possibly maybe perhaps accept as true with

Boris Johnson has stated he hopes doubtlessly the most stringent Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions might maybe even be lifted as posthaste as that you simply would possibly maybe perhaps accept as true with.

The High Minister told a No 10 data conference: “The amount during which we prefer to cut again the R is now not as broad because it was upright relief on the initiating of the unfold of this disease.

“It all of us work together on the measures now we maintain outlined we are in a position to positively attain it.

“I’d purchase to peep Lancashire and in all places else coming out of Tier 3 as snappy as that you simply would possibly maybe perhaps accept as true with.”

2020-10-16T15: 28: 28.206Z

Nationwide Education Union requires pressing circuit breaker to shut faculties at half term

The Nationwide Education Union is asking for an pressing circuit-breaker to shut secondary faculties and faculties for 2 weeks at half-term to suppress Covid-19 cases.

Kevin Courtney, joint basic secretary of the Nationwide Education Union (NEU), stated: “Heads, lecturers and college workers perceive the educational impact of this, nonetheless we also bear in mind that in exponential epidemics early action is extremely essential.

“Taking action now can steer positive of more disruption later.”

The resolution comes after a document from the ONS confirmed that the very supreme charges of an infection in England proceed to be among older formative years and young adults (from Year 12 thru to age 24), and secondary college-old skool formative years.

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The PM has refused to rule out a national lockdown

Mr Johnson added he wanted to handbook positive of 1 other national lockdown “if the least bit that you simply would possibly maybe perhaps accept as true with” nonetheless added he “can’t rule the rest out”.

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Individuals were warned they face fines if their formative years atomize Covid-19 laws after 30 formative years broke self-isolation to switch to a rental bag together

The pupils risked infecting others by assembly up during an isolation interval which adopted a selected case at their college in Middlesbrough, which has now not been named by the council.

Any individual attempting out particular or who’s identified as a shut contact ought to self-isolate by regulation, with fines initiating at £1,000 and rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders.

Below the restrictions, of us are legally guilty for guaranteeing formative years stay at dwelling.

South Tees joint director of public health Tag Adams stated: “Here’s a terribly unsettling time for youths.

“Their training is being disrupted and their formula of lifestyles has modified in a formula they couldn’t maintain imagined. Nonetheless it’s a ought to maintain that all individuals who’s identified as a shut contact self-isolates for 14 days.

“That’s wanted to us stopping the unfold of Covid and returning to more normality as soon as that you simply would possibly maybe perhaps accept as true with.”

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PM threatens to intervene in Manchester

High Minister Boris Johnson addressed Better Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham without prolong throughout the clicking conference.

He stated he understood Mr Burnham’s reluctance to determine on his city to tier 3, nonetheless he wired that “the self-discipline in Better Manchester is grave and it worsens each day”

Mr Johnson told the nation that Covid cases maintain doubled throughout the final 9 days in Better Manchester.

“At newest projections, in precisely over 2 weeks there’ll be more patients in intensive care than on the stay of the first wave”, he added

The High Minister performed his take care of to Mr Burnham by threatening to intervene in Better Manchester if an agreement can now not be reached.

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Fable member doubts tiers will pause surge in cases

Prof Edmunds stated he thinks it helps “enormously” if folks perceive what the coronavirus restrictions are of their dwelling.

He stated: “The old self-discipline resulted in a hodge-podge of completely different interventions in completely different areas that nearly actually no-one might maybe even apply.

“So the three-tier device will abet with that enormously.

“I’m now not clear, on the other hand, that the measures will bolt a long way passable to pause epidemic enhance. I’m hoping so, nonetheless I doubt it.

“It appears worthy more doubtless that we are going to ought to step up the measures vastly to ease the rigidity on the health device that can inevitably occur if cases proceed to rise as they’re.”

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This graphic shows how infections maintain grown during England’s areas:

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Unusual Tier 3 measures might maybe now not maintain ‘broad discontinue’ on virus

Asked if he thinks the three-tier device is passable to pressure down an infection charges to a manageable diploma or if a fats national lockdown is wanted, Professor John Edmunds, epidemiologist and member of Fable, stated: “It might perhaps decide two weeks a minimal of to peep an discontinue on cases, as a result of delays between an infection and being reported as a case.

“So it would now not be that you simply would possibly maybe perhaps accept as true with to purchase up any discontinue but. Nonetheless, it would still even be identified that the tier device has been more about tidying-up and clarifying the measures than an exercise in tightening up controls.”

Regarding Liverpool, which is below the Tier 3 class, he stated the restrictions there “essentially quantities to closure of pubs that don’t abet food”.

He added: “So, I’m now not clear that we would query to peep a broad discontinue of doubtlessly the newest measures anyway.”

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