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Coronavirus news UK –MILLIONS set for Tier 3 lockdown ‘within days’ as Ireland plunged into level 5 restrictions

MILLIONS of Mancunians are set for Tier 3 lockdown after Boris Johnson agreed to pay the city up to £100 million.

In order to break the lockdown rebellion, the Prime Minister is understood to be planning to hand Manchester's political leaders tens of millions each in extra funding to get them to back Tier 3.

Meanwhile, Ireland will move to the highest level of covid restrictions under the Government's five-tier roadmap.

Ministers agreed to place the country under level 5 restrictions from midnight on Wednesday for six weeks until December 1.

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  • IRELAND – TAOISEACH MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT FOR EUROPE'S LONGEST LOCKDOWN

    Ireland's Taoiseach Micheal Martin made the announcement at Government Buildings in Dublin after Cabinet ministers approved a move to Level 5 restrictions under the Government's five-tiered Living with Covid framework.

    Ireland imposed one of Europe's longest lockdowns during the first surge in cases and has tightened restrictions over the last number of weeks as infections climbed again.

    Unlike the first lockdown, this time schools will stay open and essential services such as construction allowed to continue, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said as he moved the country to the highest level of restrictions, Level 5, for six weeks.

    The new measures will come into effect at midnight on Wednesday.

    They will remain in place until December 1.

  • EXCLUSIVE – MONSTER DIES

    A deprived child rapist jailed for historic sex attacks in the 1980s and 1990s has died in jail after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Brian Learmonth, 65, was discovered in his cell on a coronavirus isolation wing at Stafford prison in Staffordshire on October 8.

    He had been transferred to D wing days before and was found by guards struggling to breath.

    Paramedics tried to resuscitate Learmonth, serving a sentence of 12 years and six months, but he was pronounced dead.

    More on the exclusive story here.

  • STOP THE SPREAD

    Labour leader Keir Starmer has demanded a “circuit breaker” national lockdown instead of the PM's three-tier system.

    Today, the First Minister of Wales announced a fire-break lockdown, otherwise known as a circuit breaker lockdown, which will start on 23 October. But, what exactly is it?

    A circuit breaker lockdown would be short, sharp bursts of full, national lockdown measures intersected with breaks of a few weeks.

    More on the story here.

  • EIGHT TEST POSITIVE IN LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE COVID-19 TESTS

    The Premier League said on Monday that eight people had returned positive results in its latest round of COVID-19 tests conducted on players and staff last week.

    The league said the individuals who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus would now self-isolate for 10 days.

    “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 12 October and Sunday 18 October, 1,575 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were eight new positive tests,” the Premier League said in a statement.

  • NHS TRACK AND TRACE DIRECTOR SAYS RATE AT WHICH COVID PATIENTS ARE FILLING BEDS IS MADE FOR 'UNCOMFORTABLE READING'

    NHS Track and Trace testing director Sarah-Jane Marsh has said the rate at which Covid-19 patients are “filling” hospital beds, according to an NHS CEOs WhatsApp group, has made for “uncomfortable reading”.

    “The NHS CEOs WhatsApp Group is uncomfortable reading tonight as friends and colleagues share the rate at which Covid patients are filling NHS in-patient and ITU beds against a much busier backdrop than March/April protecthenhssavelives,” she tweeted.

  • ITALY'S GOVERNMENT AGREES ON NEW CURBS REQUEST FOR LOMBARDY REGION SAYS HEALTH MINISTRY

    Italy's government agreed on a request from the Lombardy region, hard hit by COVID-19, to impose further restrictions to curb a new surge in infections, a health ministry spokesman told Reuters today.

    Lombardy, centred around Italy's financial capital Milan, accounts for some 128,400 of the over 423,500 coronavirus cases detected in Italy since the outbreak was discovered in February.

    The Lombardy region said in a statement it would propose the government stop from October 22 non-essential economic activities and people's movements between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m, adding they would also be asked to shut down all large shops on Saturday and Sunday.

  • IRELAND SEES HIGHEST LEVEL OF RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE FOR SIX WEEKS

    Ireland will move to the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions under the Government's five-tier living with Covid roadmap.

    Cabinet ministers have agreed to place the country under level 5 restrictions from midnight on Wednesday for six weeks in a bid to combat the rise in cases of the virus.

    The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday evening.

    The restrictions will last until December 1.

  • TWO-WEEK 'FIREBREAK' LOCKDOWN WILL SAVE LIVES, FIRST MINISTER SAYS

    A two-week “firebreak” lockdown in Wales will protect the NHS from being overwhelmed by resurgence of coronavirus and save lives, the First Minister has said.

    Mark Drakeford appealed to the nation to “come together” and “play our part in a common endeavour” during the latest round of measures to come into force from 6pm Friday.

    The restrictions, which will require people to stay at home and non-essential businesses like pubs and shops to be closed, will last until November 9.

    Mr Drakeford said the lockdown was the best chance the country had of regaining control of the virus and avoiding “a much more damaging national lockdown”.

  • FIRST RESULTS OF RUSSIAN VACCINE TRIAL TO INCLUDE DATA FROM 5,00-10,000 PEOPLE

    Interim results from the late-stage human trial of Russia's main coronavirus vaccine candidate could include data from 5,000-10,000 participants, Denis Logunov, a director at the Gamaleya Institute that developed the vaccine, said on Monday.

    Russia's plan to publish preliminary data about the Sputnik V jab as early as November is likely to make it one of the first vaccine developers to share any data from a final stage trial, known as Phase III, but also puts it at odds with competitors.

    The Sputnik V trial, involving 40,000 volunteers, has been underway in Moscow since the beginning of September.

    Interim results, when published, will be based on the first 42 days of monitoring participants, Gamaleya developers told Reuters last month.

  • SPAIN ADDS NEARLY 38,000 CASES OVER WEEKEND AND 217 DEATHS

    Spain's cumulative tally of coronavirus infections increased by 37,889 over the weekend, bringing the nationwide total to 974,449, health ministry data showed on Monday.

    Total deaths from the virus increased by 217 to 33,992, according to the ministry.

    In recent weeks, Spain has frequently reported more than 12,000 cases per day after hitting a record of more than 16,000 in mid-September.

  • VALLANCE SAYS A VACCINE IS “UNLIKELY” TO STOP DISEASE COMPLETELY

    The Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has said it is “unlikely” that a coronavirus vaccine will stop the disease completely.

    Giving evidence to the joint Commons and Lords National Security Strategy Committee, Sir Patrick said that only one disease – smallpox – had ever been completely eradicated.

    He said that in future, treating Covid-19 may become more like seasonal flu.

    “I think it is unlikely that we will end up with a truly sterilising vaccine that completely stops infection,” he said.

    “It is likely that this disease will circulate and be pandemic. My assessment – and I think that's the view of many people – is that's the likely outcome.

    “Clearly as management becomes better, as you get vaccination that will decrease the chance of infection and the severity of the disease – or whatever the protocols of the vaccines are – this then starts to look more like annual flu than anything else and that may be the direction we end up going in.”

  • WHO SAYS EXPECTS TO HEAR MORE SOON ON PAUSED COVID-19 ANTIBODY TRIAL

    The World Health Organisation's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday she expected to hear more “this week or next week” about clinical trials of an Eli Lilly and Co COVID-19 antibody treatment that were paused because of a safety concern.

    U.S. drug maker Lilly said earlier this month it was pausing the government-sponsored trial, called ACTIV-3, which was testing the treatment on COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation.

  • BREAKING

    England's Chief Scientific Adviser Vallance says an effective vaccine for Covid-19 is unlikely before the spring.

  • GREATER MANCHESTER'S INTENSIVE CARE CAPACITY COULD BE OVERWHELMED, SAYS NO 10

    Greater Manchester's intensive care capacity could be overwhelmed by Covid-19 within weeks, Downing Street has insisted, as it increased pressure on the region to accept Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

    Projections produced by the Government suggested Manchester's hospitals risked being overwhelmed by November 12.

    The Prime Minister's official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “Cases in Greater Manchester continue to rise.

    “In the over-60 age group, cases have tripled in the most recent 15 days of full data – there were 89 cases per 100,000 on September 27 compared to 282 per 100,000 on October 12.

    “Hospital admissions in Greater Manchester are doubling every nine days.”

  • INFECTION RATE IN LANCASHIRE AMONG HIGHEST IN COUNTRY SAYS HANCOCK

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons: “Infection rates in Lancashire are among the highest in the country and are continuing to rise rapidly, including in the over-60s.

    “Both the number of cases and the number of hospital admissions are doubling almost every fortnight and the number of Covid patients in intensive care beds in Lancashire has already reached nearly half the number seen at the height of the pandemic earlier this year.

    “So we knew we had to take rapid action to supress the epidemic in Lancashire.

    “We've always said that we'd stand side by side with any local area that agreed to move into this third tier and offer substantial support to local authorities, including for testing, tracing, enforcement and business support.”

  • FRENCH FIRST LADY TO SELF-ISOLATE AFTER CONTACT WITH COVID-19 PATIENT

    French First Lady Brigitte Macron will self-isolate for seven days after having been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, BFMT TV reported on its website.

    BFM added that the First Lady had had contact with the person on Oct. 15 and that she had displayed no symptoms of the respiratory disease.

  • SISTER SLEDGE TO DONATE PROCEEDS OF 'WE ARE FAMILY' SPECIAL EDITION COVER TO WHO

    Kim Sledge of the band Sister Sledge will donate proceeds from a cover of the band's classic song “We Are Family” to the World Health Organization Foundation, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

    “I would like to thank Kim Sledge for her kind offer to donate proceeds from the sale of her special edition cover of We Are Family,” said Tedros, adding that the money would be used to support the COVID-19 response and strengthen health services around the world.

  • UK CONFIRMS 18,804 COVID CASES, BRINGING TOTAL TO 741,212

    The Government said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 18,804 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 741,212.

    The Government also said a further 80 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, as of Monday. This brings the UK total to 43,726.

    Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been 58,500 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

  • QUARTER OF ADULTS SAY RELATIONSHIP IMPROVED DURING COVID OUTBREAK – RESEARCH

    A quarter of adults in a relationship said it improved during the coronavirus lockdown, research has found.

    Romantic relationships were more likely to get better than worse during the Covid-19 pandemic, while the majority stayed the same, according to the Open University.

    Its survey, of 1,319 UK adults, found that around one in 10 respondents (11%) said their relationship had deteriorated between March and late July/early August.

    More quality time together, talking, emotional support and thoughtful gestures were commonly reported by the 26% of respondents whose relationships improved.

    Almost half (45%) of men, and 36% of women, reported helping more around the house – which could also have contributed.

  • NEW STATS SHOW HEART DEATHS ROSE BY A QUARTER DURING COVID PANDEMIC

    Heart deaths at home rocketed by more than a quarter since the start of the pandemic, official figures show.

    A new report suggests thousands of worried Brits stayed away from the NHS and missed out on potentially life-saving treatment.

    Fatalities from major cancers recorded at home went up by half in the past six months, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    Prostate cancer deaths spiked by 53 per cent – the biggest percentage change from the five-year average – while 46 per cent more men were killed by bowel cancer.

    For women, breast cancer fatalities were up 47 per cent between March 14 and September 11. Three-quarters more also died of Alzheimer's at home, suggesting many struggled to access NHS care.

  • PORTUGAL: COVID CASES PASS 100,000 AFTER 2,000 NEW INFECTIONS IN 24 HOURS

    Portugal's coronavirus cases passed 100,000 on Monday, with nearly 2,000 new infections in the past 24 hours, days after tough new measures to contain the disease came into force.

    “Everyone's tiredness is legitimate but it cannot legitimise failure,” the secretary of state for health, Antonio Sales, told a news conference. “We continue to depend on each other – and our success is the success of Portugal.”

    The nation of just over 10 million people initially won praise for its quick response to the pandemic.

    It has recorded a comparatively low 101,860 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,198 deaths.

  • RUSSIA REPORTS 16,000 COVID CASES IN 24 HOURS

    Russia reported almost 16,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest single-day number since the beginning of the pandemic.

    According to the Russian governments coronavirus task force, the 15,982 confirmed infections brought the countrys total to over 1.4 million, which is the fourth largest in the world.

    The task force has also reported over 24,300 deaths since the start of the outbreak.

    Russian authorities lifted most virus-related restrictions over the summer and have said there were no immediate plans to impose a second lockdown despite the resurgence.

    In some Russian regions, officials urged the elderly to self-isolate and called on employers to have at least part of their staff work from home. Several regions have shut down nightclubs and limited the hours of restaurants and bars.

  • WALES CONFIRMS 626 COVID CASES AND ONE FURTHER DEATH

    There has been a further 626 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 36,253.

    Public Health Wales said one further death had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rising to 1,712.

  • MEXICO RECORDS 4,119 NEW COVID CASES AND 108 NEW DEATHS

    Mexico's health ministry reported on Sunday 4,119 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 108 more deaths in the country.

    Health officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

  • BOURNEMOUTH UNI STUDENT ARRESTED AFTER BREAKING LOCKDOWN RULES

    A university student in Bournemouth has been arrested after breaking lockdown rules to host a party.

    Cops were called to reports of a gathering of more than 20 people at uni accommodation in Oxford Road, Bournemouth, reports The Tab Bournemouth.

    An 18-year-old was arrested at the property for obstructing police.

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