Britain puts more areas into lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

  • Britain puts more areas into lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

Britain puts more areas into lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be speaking at a press conference today after the Government announced the new three-tier lockdown system in England earlier this week.

Also on the list are northeast Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash in east central England; Barrow-in-Furness, in the northwest; and the northern city of York.

The Government is also facing major backlash from Greater Manchester and requests to increase lockdown restrictions to Tier 3 level.

It was announced on Friday Lancashire will join Liverpool City under Tier 3 restrictions - the highest in the Government's new three-tier lockdown plan.

Boris Johnson will hold a No 10 briefing this afternoon.

"This is why I continue to call for a short national circuit breaker".

"Inconsistent mess, we now have Tier 3 A and Tier 3 B".

"But the Government told us this morning it is unwilling to do that because of the damage it will do to the national economy". The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "An unrelenting rise in cases in Lancashire means we must act now, and we have worked intensively with local leaders to agree on additional restrictions".

"This is a time for people to come together so that we can control this virus". Instead, we're seeing a two-tiered system of tiers emerge.

He told MPs: "Let us be under no illusions about the danger posed by this virus".

"Coronavirus is deadly and it is now spreading exponentially in the United Kingdom".

All the changes now mean that millions of people across the United Kingdom are under varying forms of lockdown, as a further 18,980 coronavirus cases and 138 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported across the UK.

Liverpool City Region, comprising 1.6 million people, remains the only area now in Tier 3.

"Delayed action means more deaths from Covid, it means more non-Covid deaths and it means more economic pain later".

Wirral Council leader Jan Williamson added on Twitter: "As Liverpool City Region leaders we (are) demanding the evidence from Government immediately as to why our gyms have had to shut and Lancashire can keep theirs open".

Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal.

As the latest restrictions were announced, the troubled NHS Test and Trace system recorded its worst ever week for contact tracing.

This is the lowest weekly percentage since Test and Trace began, and is down from 69.5% the previous week.

The British Beer and Pubs Association, an industry body, said existing curbs such as a 10pm curfew and six-person limits had already hit revenues.

- Welsh Secretary Simon Hart has said a ban proposed by the Welsh Government on people entering the country from United Kingdom coronavirus hotspots "risks stirring division and confusion".