PM warns he may 'need to intervene' on Manchester

  • PM warns he may 'need to intervene' on Manchester

PM warns he may 'need to intervene' on Manchester

He said the situation was worsening "with every passing day".

The stronger measures have placed more than 28 million people in England into the top two tiers of restrictions.

He warned: "Of course, if agreement can not be reached I will need to intervene in order to protect Manchester's hospitals and save the lives of Manchester's residents".

The coronavirus rate across the whole of Lancashire is 345.1 cases per 100,000, up from 241.2 in the previous week.

Revealing that a deal had not been reached between No 10 and the region's leaders, Mr Johnson said time was "of the essence" for action to be taken.

Earlier on Friday, Mr Anderson - who had previously called for a so-called "circuit-breaker" lockdown - joined Liverpool city region leaders in branding the tier system a "shambles", after gyms were allowed to remain open in Lancashire as it was also elevated to Tier 3.

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

However, restaurants, and pubs that can operate as restaurants, will be allowed to stay open, wedding receptions are banned.

He ended his tweet with '#shambles'.

And when asked by Sky News deputy political editor Sam Coates if people would die as a result of the row between Downing Street and Manchester leaders, he said: "These are horrendously hard decisions and there are harms on both sides, as it's been pointed out previously".

Meanwhile, separate figures presented to government scientists suggested around 47,000 Covid-19 infections are occurring daily across England, with deaths expected to hit 240 to 690 per day by October 26.

"From a purely epidemiological point of view, it is important to go quite fast on this, it's important to make sure that you go hard enough to get the R below 1 and the sooner you do that, the sooner you get this under control".

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said the reproduction number, or R value, of coronavirus transmission for the whole of the United Kingdom is between 1.3 and 1.5.

Boris Johnson says the spread of coronavirus in Greater Manchester is "grave" and he may "need to intervene" if new measures are not agreed. Non-Covid treatments and surgeries would need to be cancelled to cope and many more people would die, ' he said.

"We have been clear that additional interventions above the baseline for very high alert areas are subject to consultation with local authorities based on local evidence".