Extra than half the population of England is making ready for more challenging lockdown restrictions from center of the evening tonight as London and other “excessive possibility” areas enter Covid Tier 2.
The capital will join areas alongside with Essex and Elmbridge in seeing strict recent measures imposed, with millions of of us banned from mixing with other households indoors, alongside with in pubs and restaurants.
In the intervening time, Lancashire has change into handiest the 2d space to enter the cessation band of restrictions, as Boris Johnson faces mounting power over his Authorities’s medication of the North.
Councillors enjoy accused ministers of “blackmailing and forcing” native leadsers into agreeing to strict recent principles, with one council boss pronouncing they were threatened with “extra draconian measures” in the event that they refused Downing Boulevard’s terms.
It comes as scientific advisers and native leaders continue to demand so-known as “circuit-breaker” shutdowns, with Welsh First Minister Sign Drakeford confirming plans to introduce “a recent space of nationwide principles for the total of Wales”.
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2020-10-16T19: 43: 24.340Z
Liverpool Mayor’s brother in intensive care with Covid
The Mayor of Liverpool has printed his brother is in intensive care with Covid-19 and urged of us to watch the principles to forestall the unfold of the virus.
Joe Anderson said on Twitter that his eldest brother used to be in a “very severe situation” in sanatorium in the metropolis, the key space to face the hardest native lockdown restrictions in England after being placed on a “very excessive” alert level.
Mr Anderson tweeted on Friday evening: “10 minutes up to now my sister-in-law a Nursing Sister has told me my eldest brother her husband has got Covid-19 he’s in the Royal LivHospitals in the ICU in a the truth is severe situation.”
His tweet also highlighted a video shared by the Liverpool Metropolis Council Twitter story that featured Dr Richard Wenstone making a plea for folks to watch coronavirus principles to ease power on the NHS.
Mr Anderson wrote: “Please watch the video, word the principles & realize why we all must fight the enemy – Covid.”
2020-10-16T19: 25: 04.196Z
Malta to maintain face masks significant in public
Malta is making the wearing of face masks significant in public and ordering golf equipment, bars and locations of leisure to shut at 11 p.m. to in the reduction of the unfold of Covid-19, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Friday.
“Smartly being used to be and will reside a precedence, but existence has to pass on,” Abela told a press conference on the day the Mediterranean island recorded a on a regular basis file 122 recent cases among its population of 500,000.
“Right here’s an necessary time to fight Covid-19 and defend the economy and jobs,” he said, alongside with that measures to abet companies will probably be launched on Monday when the nationwide Budget is presented.
Abela said the limit of 10 of us who might well perchance meet in teams is being maintained, but everyone now has to position on a veil except they are at house or of their car. People might well perchance gain their masks when seated in restaurants.
The 11 p.m. closing time for bars and golf equipment will arrive into power on Monday.
Smartly being Minister Chris Fearne said snappy testing for Covid-19 might well perchance even be rolled out for airport arrivals and at colleges 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.
2020-10-16T18: 20: 38.556Z
Mr Burnham persisted:
“We’re no longer convinced that closing hospitality venues is the handiest components to present protection to hospitals and we want to quiz at other measures, equivalent to reinstating shielding preparations and introducing more challenging quick closure powers on non-compliant pubs, restaurants, retail outlets and other enterprise premises.
“We firmly take into consideration that keeping well being is ready bigger than controlling the virus, and requires devoted red meat up for folks whose lives would be severely tormented by a Tier-3 lockdown.
“We spoil no longer take into consideration that the present proposals provide ample red meat up and because of this we await further talks.”
2020-10-16T18: 20: 19.103Z
Greater Manchester’s political leaders are continuing to resist power to safe the very best level of coronavirus restrictions
Regional mayor Andy Burnham and council leaders wrote: “At our closing assembly with Downing Boulevard officials the day earlier than this present day morning, we were told they’d arrange an additional assembly later in the day to present a response to our requests.
“That did not occur and, despite being on standby all day this present day, we’re serene ready for it to be arranged. We can guarantee the Prime Minister that we’re ready to meet at any time to settle a quiz at to agree a model forward.
“We might well perchance additionally declare with self perception that we enjoy achieved, and will continue to spoil, the total lot interior our energy to present protection to the well being of our residents, alongside with being the key space in the country to agree to native restrictions support in July.”
2020-10-16T18: 01: 59.430Z
Boris Johnson pronounces that the UK has sold ‘millions’ of snappy testing Covid kits
Boris Johnson said the UK has sold “millions” of most modern snappy turnaround Covid-19 checks and is constructing the ability to construct extra.
The Prime Minister told a Amount 10 news conference that a few of the saliva checks might well perchance narrate finally ends up in honest 15 minutes.
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2020-10-16T17: 47: 11.296Z
Rising power to lift aid hybrid Commons court cases
Commons Chief Jacob Rees-Mogg used to be going by rising power to resume “hybrid” court cases in Parliament after a senior Conservative MP known as for the measures to resume.
Sir Bernard Jenkin, the chair of the Commons Liaison Committee, wrote to Mr Rees-Mogg pronouncing that he would admire to quiz virtual vote casting return amid rising coronavirus cases.
The Tory MP for Harwich and North Essex added: “As extra areas arrive under bigger restrictions to manipulate the unfold of Covid-19, it will change into an increasing selection of delicate for the public to hang why participants are serene required to plug to and from London in expose to describe them.”
2020-10-16T16: 31: 13.136Z
Liverpool ladies’s sanatorium stops antenatal and postnatal visits
Liverpool Girls’s Sanatorium will pause antenatal and postnatal visiting on sanatorium wards from center of the evening attributable to “the rising seriousness of the Covid-19 distress”, a spokesman said.
The sanatorium spokesman said: “We realize that this decision will probably be frustrating for ladies and their families so soon after antenatal and postnatal inpatient visiting used to be reintroduced.
“On the other hand, the choice to position restrictions support in teach has no longer been taken lightly.
“To maintain this decision we enjoy life like the Authorities’s most modern introduction of tiered restrictions across the country and the indisputable truth that Liverpool’s present distress is one of many most severe at Tier 3.
“On account of this truth, to retain everyone safe, we the truth is feel it’s the most to blame and most obtain ingredient to spoil to quick pause antenatal and postnatal visiting.”
2020-10-16T16: 07: 24.886Z
Lancashire police chief welcomes tier 3 restrictions
Commenting on the drawing near near Tier 3 restrictions, Lancashire Police Assistant Chief Constable Terry Woods said: “We would search a true definite here, in that for several weeks now we enjoy had extra than one various regulations in teach reckoning on the place you were in Lancashire.
“Now we enjoy got now got one very definite, somewhat easy space of principles and steering in Lancashire.
“It’s down to every particular particular person in Lancashire now to spoil their very maintain learn, quiz at what’s allowed and what’s no longer allowed, and there are some the truth is easy, definite messages that they’ll pull from that.”
2020-10-16T16: 05: 13.806Z
PM hopes to hang tier 3 as quick as imaginable
Boris Johnson has said he hopes the most stringent Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions might well perchance additionally be lifted as quick as imaginable.
The Prime Minister told a No 10 news conference: “The amount in which we enjoy to in the reduction of the R is no longer as giant because it used to be upright support in the open of the unfold of this disease.
“It we all work collectively on the measures we enjoy outlined we can undoubtedly spoil it.
“I’d admire to quiz Lancashire and in each teach else popping out of Tier 3 as snappy as imaginable.”
2020-10-16T15: 28: 28.206Z
Nationwide Education Union requires urgent circuit breaker to shut colleges at half term
The Nationwide Education Union is calling for an urgent circuit-breaker to shut secondary colleges and colleges for two weeks at half-term to suppress Covid-19 cases.
Kevin Courtney, joint fashioned secretary of the Nationwide Education Union (NEU), said: “Heads, teachers and college employees realize the instructional affect of this, but we also realize that in exponential epidemics early action is compulsory.
“Taking action now can retain away from extra disruption later.”
The call comes after a file from the ONS confirmed that the very best rates of infection in England continue to be among older children and younger adults (from Year 12 by to age 24), and secondary college-used children.
2020-10-16T15: 20: 15.200Z
The PM has refused to rule out a nationwide lockdown
Mr Johnson added he wished to retain away from yet every other nationwide lockdown “if the least bit imaginable” but added he “can no longer rule the rest out”.
2020-10-16T15: 15: 21.000Z
Fogeys were warned they face fines if their children spoil Covid-19 authorized guidelines after 30 children broke self-isolation to pass to a house birthday party
The pupils risked infecting others by assembly up in the end of an isolation period which adopted a definite case at their college in Middlesbrough, which has no longer been named by the council.
Any individual testing definite or who is identified as a shut contact must self-isolate by law, with fines beginning at £1,000 and rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders.
Below the limitations, of us are legally to blame for ensuring children hang at house.
South Tees joint director of public well being Sign Adams said: “Right here’s a the truth is unsettling time for kids.
“Their training is being disrupted and their components of existence has changed in a model they couldn’t enjoy imagined. However it’s necessary that everyone who is identified as a shut contact self-isolates for 14 days.
“That’s compulsory to us stopping the unfold of Covid and returning to extra normality as soon as imaginable.”
2020-10-16T15: 13: 24.553Z
PM threatens to intervene in Manchester
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham immediately in the end of the clicking conference.
He said he understood Mr Burnham’s reluctance to settle his metropolis to tier 3, but he pressured out that “the distress in Greater Manchester is grave and it worsens each day”
Mr Johnson told the nation that Covid cases enjoy doubled in the end of the last nine days in Greater Manchester.
“Right this moment projections, in honest over 2 weeks there’ll probably be extra patients in intensive care than at the height of the key wave”, he added
The Prime Minister finished his take care of to Mr Burnham by threatening to intervene in Greater Manchester if an settlement can no longer be reached.
2020-10-16T15: 05: 06.006Z
Boris Johnson is now talking from Downing Boulevard
2020-10-16T14: 27: 32.496Z
Myth member doubts tiers will pause surge in cases
Prof Edmunds said he thinks it helps “enormously” if of us realize what the coronavirus restrictions are of their space.
He said: “The outdated distress resulted in a hodge-podge of various interventions in various locations that on the subject of literally no-one might well perchance word.
“So the three-tier system will abet with that enormously.
“I’m no longer definite, however, that the measures will trot some distance ample to pause epidemic relate. I am hoping so, but I doubt it.
“It appears to be like extra probably that we can enjoy to step up the measures tremendously to ease the power on the well being system that will inevitably occur if cases continue to upward push as they are.”
2020-10-16T14: 21: 21.426Z
This graphic presentations how infections enjoy grown across England’s areas:
2020-10-16T14: 16: 16.306Z
Unusual Tier 3 measures might well perchance well no longer enjoy ‘substantial pause’ on virus
Requested if he thinks the three-tier system is ample to power down infection rates to a manageable level or if a corpulent nationwide lockdown is wished, Professor John Edmunds, epidemiologist and member of Myth, said: “It can perchance well settle two weeks no longer lower than to quiz an pause on cases, attributable to the delays between infection and being reported as a case.
“So it would no longer be imaginable to capture up any pause yet. On the other hand, it will also serene also be pointed out that the tier system has been extra about tidying-up and clarifying the measures than an exercise in tightening up controls.”
Referring to Liverpool, which is under the Tier 3 category, he said the limitations there “mainly quantities to closure of pubs that don’t reduction food”.
He added: “So, I’m no longer definite that we would quiz to quiz a substantial pause of the present measures anyway.”
2020-10-16T14: 15: 20.286Z
Lancashire leader accuses Sunak of ‘broken promises’
Pendle Council leader Mohammed Iqbal told the Lancashire Telegraph newspaper: “At some point of the negotiations, Authorities officials were handiest drawn to the politics and threatened any district leader who did not tumble into line with 10 Downing Boulevard’s threats to safe Tier 3 would (as a exchange) undergo an imposition of Tier 3 and that their borough ‘would change into an island’ that will perchance well acquire noteworthy less in funding and helpful resource.
“Rishi Sunak’s promise that the Authorities will provide “no subject is important” has clearly change correct into a broken promise to the of us of Lancashire and the North.
“Lancashire leaders enjoy no longer been given the policies or systems to pause the unfold of the virus and were bullied for political accomplish by 10 Downing Boulevard.”
2020-10-16T14: 09: 15.163Z
Or no longer it might well perchance be a long, cool frigid weather for some…
Couples residing apart in areas with Tier 2 restrictions are no longer allowed to enjoy sleepovers except they are in a “red meat up bubble”, Downing Boulevard confirmed this present day.
Boyfriends and girlfriends will probably be ready to meet open air in Tier 2 but are anticipated to keep on with social distancing principles equivalent to fingers, face and house. They must also adhere to the rule of six.
The Prime Minister’s authentic spokesman told a briefing of Westminster journalists: “The principles on family mixing in Tier 2 space out that you just might well perchance serene mix with your maintain family handiest except you’ve formed a red meat up bubble and that obviously does word to some couples.”