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Coronavirus UK news – 200,000 forced into Tier 3 lockdown TONIGHT in Warrington with Nottingham heading in on Thursday

TWO HUNDRED thousand more Brits will be forced into a tough Tier 3 lockdown tonight, it has been confirmed.

Warrington will see new rules enforced from just after midnight after the case rate hit 354 cases per 100,000 people - compared with the national average of 190.

The area will move to the Very High top level of restrictions, meaning pubs which don't serve alcohol, casinos and kids soft play areas will have to shut again.

Nottingham isn't far behind Warrington, with the city this afternoon told it will enter Tier 3 on Thursday.

The news comes as doctors in Bradford slammed the Eat Out To Help Out scheme for causing a "tragedy" that's sweeping hospitals in the area.

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  • VACCINE CANDIDATE SHOWS 'STRONG IMMUNE RESPONSE' AMONG THE ELDERLY

    The Oxford Covid-19 vaccine shows a “strong immune response” among elderly participants, experts have said.

    Information from an earlier stage of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine candidate trial suggests “similar” immune responses among younger and older adults, scientists said.

    Data on the safety and immune responses among those taking part in the phase two vaccine trial has been submitted for peer review in a medical journal.

    But the findings have been discussed before publication, prompting more excitement about the vaccine – considered one of the forerunners in the Covid-19 vaccine race.

    The vaccine is currently in a phase three clinical trial, which means the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine is being tested by thousands of participants across a number of different countries.

  • NOTTINGHAM AND WARRINGTON BECOME LATEST AREAS TO ENTER TIER 3

    Hundreds of thousands more people will be placed under the most stringent coronavirus restrictions as a deal to put Nottingham and some surrounding boroughs into Tier 3 was struck with the Government.

    The tougher rules for Nottingham, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe council areas will come into force on Thursday, with details of the measures expected to be outlined on Tuesday.

    It comes just hours after it was confirmed that Warrington will enter Tier 3 on Tuesday, with pubs and bars in the Cheshire town having to close unless they serve substantial meals.

    Households will be banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens and beer gardens, while betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres will also close as part of the decision to put the town's 210,000 people into the highest alert level in England.

    Warrington council will receive a financial support package of £1.68 million to help contact tracing and enforcement, as well as £4.2 million in business support from the Government.

  • TRICK OR TREATING CAN TAKE PLACE

    Millions of kids will be able to go trick or treating this year – as long as they do not cross the threshold into someone else’s home.

    Downing Street said children living in Tier 1 and Tier 2 lockdown areas can still take part in the festivities.

    But Tier 3 lockdown councils told families not to go out, and warned the cops will be out to catch anyone flouting their orders.

    More on the story here

  • WELSH SHOPPING RESTRICTIONS A ‘BARMY BAN’

    ew restrictions in Wales, which began at 6pm on Friday and will end on November 9, mean non-essential retail including clothes shops, furniture stores and car dealerships must close.

    Shops selling multiple types of product can stay open but can only sell essential items – which according to the Welsh Government's website also includes those “which would normally be sold in pharmacies and chemists”.

    Welsh Conservative health spokesman Andrew RT Davies said the confusion was the result of a “barmy ban” by the Welsh Labour Government which should be stopped.

  • HOSPITAL SEES MORE PATIENTS THAN AT HEIGHT OF FIRST WAVE

    Rotherham Hospital also reported higher numbers of Covid positive inpatients on Monday than at the height of the first wave.

    A spokesman for the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: “As of 8am this morning (Monday), we had 96 patients in Rotherham Hospital who have tested positive for Covid-19, of these six were in critical care.

    “To date, we have provided care for a total of 884 patients who have tested positive for the virus.

    “During the initial peak, the highest number of Covid-positive inpatients at any one time was 78.”

  • VACCINE HOPE

    The Oxford Covid-19 vaccine shows a “strong immune response” among elderly participants, experts have said.

    Information from an earlier stage of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine candidate trial suggests “similar” immune responses among younger and older adults, scientists said.

    Data on the safety and immune responses among those taking part in the phase two vaccine trial has been submitted for peer review in a medical journal.

  • THOUSANDS MORE COULD BE PLUNGED INTO TOUGHER RESTRICTIONS NEXT WEEK

    Hundreds of thousands more people are expected to be placed under the toughest coronavirus restrictions this week as ministers opened up on how areas could exit their lockdown measures.

    Parts of Nottinghamshire look set to be the next to enter the highest Tier 3 alert level in England after discussions carried on through the weekend.

    Local politicians have indicated that they expect the new measures could come into force as early as Wednesday.

  • CHURCH-GOERS ‘FLOUT LOCKDOWN RULES’

    A church service was stopped by police after worshippers were told they breaking strict lockdown rules in Wales.

    Churchgoers filled the packed church despite “firebreak” rules banning gatherings including religious ceremonies from taking place.

    Naomi Mclennan filmed the moment officers entered the New Hope Community Church in Llanrumney, Cardiff and told worshippers they had to leave.

    In the footage, Naomi says: “We are at church right now and the police just showed up.

    “They have knocked on all the windows and the doors, they shined flashlights, so please pray for us right now.

    “I'm just letting you know this is happening. This is in Cardiff. We are not even in a third world country right now, this is in Cardiff.”

  • COVID SECOND WAVE COULD LAST UNTIL SUMMER, MACRON WARNS

    French president Emmanuel Macron has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last until at least the summer of next year.

    New cases in France fell dramatically through May and June but have risen again in recent months following the easing of lockdown measures.

    The country has seen its total case count rise by more than 40,000 on each of the last four days.

  • CASES RISE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

    Northern Ireland has reported five further coronavirus deaths and 727 new cases in the past 24 hours.

    The number of deaths now stands at 658.

    In the last seven days, at least 6,828 people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases to 34,832.

    There are 39 coronavirus patients in intensive care, according to data from the Department of Health.

  • PLYMOUTH BRACES FOR TIER-2 RESTRICTIONS

    Plymouth is in danger of being placed into tier two coronavirus restrictions.

    The city's director of Public Health has called for a “concerted city-wide effort” to stop it having to enter the second tier.

    Covid-19 cases surged in the city by 350 in a week, Plymouth Live reports.

    Dr Ruth Harrell warned that if infections in Plymouth continue to rise at the current rapid rate, within days the city could be designated a “high risk”, or Tier 2 area, meaning further restrictions for residents and businesses.

    Under tier two, different households are banned from mixing indoors in any setting, including pubs.

  • TESCO SLAMMED AGAIN AS MUM’S SAY THEY CAN’T BUY BABY MILK

    Mums have slammed Tesco for lockdown signs banning the sale of baby milk – saying: “We are unable to sell non-essential items.”

    The latest clampdown on “non-essential” goods in Wales blocked mums getting baby formula at a giant Tesco store.

    It follows another Tesco blunder after stopping the sale of period products – before they admitted it was a mistake.

    New mum Zoe Price, 27, fumed: “This is crazy – I can buy a Babycham but I can’t buy baby milk.

    “I don’t know who is right or wrong anymore. It could be a Tesco mistake or it could be the Govt rules – whatever it shows that the whole situation is completely crazy.

    “Nobody knows what is going on. The danger is that people will follow their own rules and that could put us all in danger.”

  • PM HAS ‘FULL CONFIDENCE IN HEAD OF TEST & TRACE

    Downing Street said Boris Johnson continued to have “full confidence” in Baroness Dido Harding as head of NHS Test and Trace.

    Senior Tory Sir Bernard Jenkin had called for her to be removed after latest official figures showed fewer than 60% of the contacts of people testing positive for Covid-19 were being traced and told to self-isolate.

    Mr Johnson's official spokesman said: “I think we've certainly set out before that the Prime Minister continues to have full confidence in Dido Harding.

    “NHS Test and Trace has built a testing capacity of over 360,000-a-day from a starting point of 2,000-a-day in March – that is a bigger figure per head than in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. 1.1 million have been contacted and told to self-isolate.

    “But as you've also heard the Prime Minister say, the system does need to improve especially in terms of the turnaround times for tests and we expect that to happen.”

  • LAST WEEK ONE OF THE ‘DEADLIEST’ IN WALES

    Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething said last week was “one of the deadliest” in the country since the start of the pandemic, with more than 60 people dying with Covid-19.

    Public Health Wales will report a further six deaths later on Monday, Mr Gething told a press conference.

    There are 616 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Welsh hospitals, the highest figure since May 24 and up 26 per cent on last Sunday.

  • NEW LOCKDOWN LEVELS ANNOUNCED FOR SCOTLAND TOMORROW

    Nicola Sturgeon said details of what lockdown level will apply to different parts of Scotland will be announced ahead of a coronavirus debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

    The First Minister announced last week that a new five-level approach would be introduced across the country from November 2 and the level will depend on the spread of Covid-19 in local authority areas.

    She explained that areas in the central belt which are currently subject to stricter local restrictions are likely to be classified as level three, while other areas may be equivalent to level two.

  • SCOTLAND: ONE DEATH AND 1,122 MORE CASES

    Scotland has recorded one death from coronavirus and 1,122 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

    The First Minister told the Scottish Government's coronavirus briefing the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – has risen to 2,701.

    Ms Sturgeon said 57,874 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 56,752 the previous day.

  • TESCO APOLOGISE FOR 'CONFUSION' CAUSED OVER SANITARY PRODUCTS DEEMED 'NON-ESSENTIAL'

    Tesco has apologised after a shopper was left furious when she was told period products on sale at a supermarket in Wales were not available to buy under new Covid rules.

    Welsh shops have been forced to cordon off 'non-essential' items in stores, including books, birthday cards and baby-grows.

    But after one shocked shopper spotted tampons and sanitary towels were unavailable, she tweeted the supermarket and was told she could not purchase the items due to new rules imposed by the Welsh government.

    But Tesco has since clarified: “Of course sanitary products are essential items and are available to customers in all of our stores, including those in Wales.

    “The reply to this customer was sent by mistake and we’re very sorry for any confusion caused.”

  • TESCO BLASTED BY FURIOUS SHOPPER WHO WAS TOLD PERIOD PADS WERE ‘NOT ESSENTIAL’

    Tesco has been blasted after a shopper was told she can’t buy sanitary pads at a branch in Wales because they are NOT an essential item.

    The supermarket giant has found itself embroiled in a furious row as female customers say they were left “raging and in tears” over the move.

    Tesco has blamed the Welsh government for the row – claiming ministers said the period products can't be sold throughout the country’s 17-day Covid lockdown.

    A move by the supermarket to cordon off period items with barriers sparked fury.

    One shopper, who gave her name as Katie, tweeted the supermarket giant to ask: “Can you explain why I was told today that I can't buy period pads as I'm sure they are essential to women?!!!

    “But I can buy alcohol – it doesn't make sense.”

  • MUM THREATENED WITH PRISON FOR NOT SENDING KIDS TO SCHOOL

    A mum has been threatened with PRISON after refusing to send her kids back to school amid fears she'll die from Covid-19.

    Katy Simpson, 29, chose to keep her son Damien and daughter Alisha, both six, at home when schools returned from the extended summer break last month.

    While they are healthy, Katy has Type 1 diabetes, asthma and an under-active thyroid – which according to NHS guidelines classes her as clinically vulnerable.

    Mum-of-two Katy has barely left the house since lockdown measures were first introduced in March, and claims she only makes a quick weekly dash to the shops.

    But she was visited by an education welfare officer earlier this week, who handed her court warning letter.

    It says she faces a hefty £2,500 fine – and up to three months in prison – if she does not return her kids to school.

  • ‘10PM CURFEW AND RULE OF SIX HAVE NO EFFECT’

    A new study has claimed some coronavirus rules have NO EFFECT on slowing the virus.

    Researchers at the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine interviewed thousands of people about their activities before and after the measures were introduced.

    They found that most people continued on with their normal activities, even with the new rules in place, prompting fears measures like the 10PM curfew and Rule of Six have NO effect on slowing the spread of the virus.

  • TFL DISHES OUT 500 FINES

    Transport for London has handed out almost 500 fines to passengers who failed to wear masks.

    Lambeth was the area where most passengers were caught flouting rules, with 127 fines filed.

    And Westminster came in second with 83 Fixed Penalty Notices handed out.

  • ULSTER HOSPITAL WARD CLOSED DUE TO COVID

    A ward at Ulster Hospital on the outskirts of Belfast has closed to new admissions due to patients and staff being affected by Covid-19.

    The South Eastern Health Trust has confirm there are “currently a number of staff and patients affected by Covid-19 in a medical ward at the Ulster Hospital”.

    “The team are working together to minimise the impact on those affected and the services provided,” the trust added.

    “The ward is currently closed to new admissions and additional infection control measures are in place.”

  • WOMAN STRUCK BY COVID IN JANUARY STILL SUFFERING

    A woman who was struck by coronavirus in January and spent 17 days in intensive care is still suffering with so-called long Covid.

    Joanne Rogers, 51, from Colchester, Essex, thought she had the flu when she began to feel unwell at the start of this year.

    The mum-of-one put up with her symptoms for two weeks before she was taken to hospital however medics didn't test for Covid-19.

    Joanne has said she is now suffering from anxiety, fatigue and muscle pain, but she had to return to work after her sick pay ended this month.

    She said she can only manage to work for about two hours a day because she is suffering from so-called Long Covid.

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