MILLIONS of Brits could be forced into a new Tier 4 lockdown that goes even further than Tier 3, the country has been warned.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson aid he is not opposed to moving the city into Tier 4 “if necessary”, following the death of his own brother from covid, adding the he would be reviewing the success of Tier 3 measures soon.
Although the Government only announced three tiers when its 'medium risk, 'high risk', very high risk' categorisation came in last month, talk of a stricter fourth level being introduced has risen in recent days.
Yesterday PM Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock refused to deny Britain could face extra Tier 4 restrictions, simply saying the Government would "rule nothing out".
Although it remains exactly unclear what the Tier 4 rules would be, it would almost certainly ban household mixing outside as well as indoors and could even see full 'circuit breaker' local lockdowns introduced.
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LIVERPOOL MAYOR THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND MORE MEASURES IF 'NECESSARY'
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has backed the idea of a possible fourth tier of coronavirus restrictions if Tier 3 measures do not go far enough to halt the spread of Covid-19.
The city is one of five northern locations currently under the nation's strictest level of lockdown measures due to a surge in coronavirus cases
Mr Anderson, whose brother Bill was one of 61 to die from the virus in the city in one week, said he is not opposed to the introduction of “tougher measures if necessary”
He told BBC Breakfast: “(The pandemic) has taken untold damage on people's wellbeing and a huge toll on families where people have died.
“If anything was required to bring it down faster I would do that.”
WHAT TIER AM I?
More areas have been plunged into tougher coronavirus restrictions – meaning more than half of the country is living under some form of lockdown.
Warrington is now in Tier 3, with Nottingham joining the toughest tier from Thursday.
Around 200,000 people in the area will move to the Very High top level of restrictions.
In Warrington case rates are at 361 people per 100,000 among all age groups – and there's been a 20 per cent rise in cases in the over 60s in the last seven days.
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'I WOULD BREAK RULE OF SIX'
Broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire has said she would break the rule of six to have her family of seven together this Christmas.
She claimed her family knew the risks but would be “sensible” and buy a thermometer gun.
Victoria, whose Bafta-winning current affairs show on the BBC was axed in March amid cuts, admitted she felt 'irresponsible' in her stance towards Christmas 2020, but that she thought many others felt the same way.
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STUDENT FINED AFTER POSTING INSTA SNAP
A student has been fined £6,000 for breaking coronavirus quarantine rules after she posted a picture of herself eating out on Instagram.
Carys Ann Ingram, 22, failed to quarantine after she arrived in Jersey from Manchester, a court heard.
Ingram flew to Jersey to visit family on October 12 and failed to quarantine.
Three days after arriving from Manchester, which was an amber zone at the time, she was spotted shopping in St Helier.
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'STRAINED AND STRETCHED'
Councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, said it is “difficult to tell” whether the city has the Government support it needs for Tier 3, adding that all areas have been given a “flat rate”.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “I think we have additional responsibilities of running a big city, and the city centre in particular has additional needs.
“I'm not sure that all of that will be covered in what we've been promised from the Government.”
He said costs and lost income from the first wave of Covid-19 “were not fully met as was promised”, meaning that budgets are “strained and stretched”.
'WE HAD TO MAKE A CALL'
Warrington's Labour council leader Russ Bowden defended the deal done with the Government as the authority entered Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.
He admitted that “we went in with a larger ask than what we got from Government” but denied it had been a “case of rolling over”.
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.
Mr Bowden told ITV's Good Morning Britain: “Ultimately we had to make a call whether or not to accept that, that's what a negotiation is about.
“We have got a good deal for the people of Warrington, we have got promises for further funding that will come out in due course.
“This was the right decision to make. Sometimes they are tough ones, you don't always get what you ask for, but I can absolutely assure the people of Warrington that we have got them a good deal.”
Millions of Brits are still at risk of catching coronavirus, a major study has warned.
Scientists at Imperial College London said immunity to the bug is “waning” as they noted a 26 per cent drop in positive antibody tests in three months.
They predict just 4.4 per cent of people had detectable antibodies to Sars-Cov-2 at the start of the second spike in early September.
The REACT study, one of the biggest to track the spread of Covid-19, found people who had positive swab tests and displayed common symptoms – a cough, fever and loss of taste and/or smell – had the strongest antibodies.
BORIS JOHNSON UNDER PRESSURE TO DETAIL 'ROAD-MAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN'
Boris Johnson is under pressure from scores of Conservative MPs to detail a “road-map out of lockdown” as more people in England come under the toughest coronavirus restrictions.
The Prime Minister has been warned by a group of 50 Tory backbenchers representing northern constituencies that the pandemic is threatening his election pledge to “level-up” the country.
More than eight million people in England – predominantly in the North – will be under the most stringent Covid-19 restrictions by the end of the week, with Warrington the latest area to be placed in Tier 3.
COVID-19 IMMUNITY COULD ONLY LAST A FEW MONTHS – STUDY
Scientists have found that coronavirus immunity could only last a few months after a study revealed a decline in protective antibodies.
Research by Imperial College London estimated just 4.4% of adults had some form of immunity against Covid-19 in September, when cases began to increase again.
This is compared with 6% found to have antibodies between June 20 and July 13, and 4.8% between July 31 and August 31.
Experts said the data from the Real-Time Assessment of Community Transmission (React-2) study showed immunity was “waning quite rapidly”, which could lead to an increased risk of reinfection.
THOUSANDS OF COVID-19 DEATHS COULD BE LINKED TO AIR POLLUTION
More than 6,000 Covid-19 deaths in the UK could be linked to long-term exposure to air pollution, a study suggests.
The research estimates that around 15% of deaths worldwide from Covid-19 could be attributed to long-term exposure to tiny particles of pollution known as particulate matter or PM2.5, and in the UK the figure is around 14%.
But it could aggravate other health conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, diabetes, asthma and COPD, which lead to a substantially higher risk of death from the virus.
A No10 spokesman said: “We are absolutely committed to levelling up across the country and building back better after Coronavirus.
“We stood at the last election on a solemn promise that we would improve people’s lives, and although the pandemic has meant 2020 is not the year we all hoped it would be, our ambitions for the country are unchanged.”
VACCINE PROGRAMME 'PROGRESSING WELL', SAYS HANCOCK
Asked about preparations for a vaccine, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “We want to be ready in case everything goes perfectly, but it's not my central expectation that we'll be doing that this year.
“But the programme is progressing well, as I say, we're not there yet, the true answer to your question is we don't know.
“We don't know when a first vaccine will be available, but my central expectation is in the first half of next year.”
EXCLUSIVE: POLICE AND TROOPS ON STANDBY TO GUARD COVID VACCINE STOCKS
Armed police and troops could be drafted in to protect Britain's vital vaccine stocks after hospital chiefs warned anti-vaxxers could target sites administering the jab.
Yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed “a role for the armed forces” in distributing the antidote.
The Sun can reveal health bosses have raised concerns anti-vaccine protests may target unprepared hospitals with mass demonstrations or even attempts to destroy stockpiles.
NHS Trusts are liaising with Whitehall over a role for the police or even the Army in protecting the supply chains.
A Whitehall source said: “They are liaising with the police and even the army over a number of security concerns.”
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WORLDWIDE CORONAVIRUS CASES PASS 43 MILLION
More than 43.08 million people have been reported to be infected by Covid-19, Reuters reported this evening.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
140 PEOPLE TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS AT MEAT PROCESSING FACTORY
Around 140 people have tested positive for coronavirus at a Norfolk meat processing factory.
Norfolk County Council said there had been a “significant outbreak” of Covid-19 at the Cranswick Country Foods site in Watton.
Some 300 members of staff at the factory have been tested so far, with the remaining employees due to be swabbed on Tuesday.
The council's director of public health, Dr Louise Smith, said the local authority was working with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to urge people in the Watton area to get tested if they have symptoms.
FIFTY TORY MPS WARN PM CORONAVIRUS COULD SEND NORTH 'INTO REVERSE'
Boris Johnson has been warned by more than 50 Tory MPs that the coronavirus crisis is threatening his pledge to “level-up” the country and could “send the North into reverse”.
A group of northern Conservative backbenchers, led by former northern powerhouse minister Jake Berry, has written to the Prime Minister expressing their concerns.
The Northern Research Group (NRG) wants Mr Johnson to set out a “clear road-map” out of lockdown and to develop an economic recovery plan for the North.
Mr Berry, who represents Rossendale and Darwen, said: “Our party's return to Government in December was won on the back of hard-working people in constituencies like ours who backed the Conservatives for the first time in a generation, and who did so on the promise that they would not be forgotten.
“We cannot forget that we must deliver on our commitments made during that election, to level-up northern communities and create opportunity across our region.”
LANARKSHIRE MAY GO INTO TIER 4
Lanarkshire faces being moved into Tier Four by Nicola Sturgeon when her new lockdown system comes into place, it has emerged.
A leaked government letter to Cosla revealed that both North and South Lanarkshire could face tougher restrictions than the rest of Scotland from November 2 onwards – and showed proposed lockdown tiers for the rest of the country.
Lanarkshire has the highest number of positive weekly tests with 410.8 per 100,000 people.
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CARE HOME OPERATOR URGED TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT
Solicitors representing the families of residents who died at a Skye care home have called for its former operator to be more transparent in its handling of coronavirus outbreaks.
A total of 10 deaths were recorded in May at the Home Farm Care Home, which was run by HC-One before being bought by NHS Highland in a move financed by the Scottish Government.
In a new outbreak during the last month at the firm's Redmill Care Home in East Whitburn, West Lothian, 14 people had died as of Friday.
A further 35 residents and 20 staff members at Redmill have been confirmed as positive cases.
Pamela Rodgers, associate at PBW Law, which is representing multiple families of Home Farm residents, described the latest outbreak as “history repeating itself”.
HOSPITAL SAYS COVID NUMBERS 'FAR BEYOND FIRST WAVE'
A South Yorkshire hospital trust says the number of Covid-19 patients on its wards is now “far beyond the first wave earlier this year” after it saw one of its largest daily rises.
The trust which runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) said it now has 201 patients who have tested positive, which is “almost double where we were last Sunday”.
DBTH said in a statement on Monday: “In the past 24 hours, we have admitted a number of patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 and, as a result, we are now caring for 201 such individuals – far beyond the first wave earlier this year.”
NOTTINGHAM EAST MP REACTS TO CITY'S TIER 3 RESTRICTIONS
Reacting to the city's Tier 3 restrictions, Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome said in a statement: “It is regrettable that Nottingham will enter Tier 3 restrictions later this week.
“This situation was totally avoidable had we had a proper track and trace system in place, and had the Government given people financial support to stay at home, instead of encouraging the reopening of workplaces and social spaces before this system was fully functional.
“Nottingham City Council is clear that the Government's proposals are not adequate to cover the costs of protecting health, livelihoods and businesses in Nottingham.”
DISCUSSIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS IN WEST YORKSHIRE
Further talks between the Government and council leaders in West Yorkshire over coronavirus restrictions will take place in the “coming days”.
A statement from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said: “Today we were invited to a meeting with senior Government ministers and the deputy chief medical officer to discuss the next steps in combatting Covid-19 in West Yorkshire.
“The latest data on infections and hospital admissions shows a continued rise, and we have repeated our calls to Government that further local action needs to be taken, including strengthening community engagement and test and trace.
“There will be further discussions with Government in the coming days.
“We are absolutely committed to implementing the most effective measures to protect the people and economy of West Yorkshire.”
PARENTS CAN GET FREE CHILDCARE ON NEW JOB SUPPORT SCHEME
Parents who receive payments on the new Job Support Scheme and the Self Employed Support Scheme (SEISS) will still be able to get free childcare, the government has said.
On October 31, the current furlough scheme – where the government pays up to 80% of people’s wages – is due to end, meaning November 1 is the start of the new Job Support Scheme.
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that as parents return to work, they will still be able to receive 30 hours free or tax free childcare, even if their income levels fall below the threshold temporarily while they’re on the schemes.
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EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE IN ENGLAND TO FACE TOUGHEST RESTRICTIONS
More than eight million people in England will be under the most stringent coronavirus restrictions when Nottingham and Warrington move into Tier 3 this week.
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.