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MetiNews.Com - The row over a possible Tier 3 lockdown in Manchester is continuing , after Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove accused Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of “political posturing” and called for action “to save people’s lives” . He made the comments as Mr Burnham called for the tougher restrictions to come with an adequate financial package. The Mayor also accused Boris
Breaking News ! ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in. Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences The row over a possible Tier 3 lockdown in Manchester is continuing , after Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove accused Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of “political posturing” and called for action “to save people’s lives” . He made the comments as Mr Burnham called for the tougher restrictions to come with an adequate financial package. The Mayor also accused Boris Johnson of exaggerating the severity of the region's coronavirus situation. Meanwhile, Sage expert Professor Jeremy Farrar has said that it is "not too late" to impose a national circuit-breaker lockdown and that ministers should impose it "now", despite Mr Gove ruling out the move . It comes as the UK recorded almost 17,000 new coronavirus cases overnight, as the Covid-19 death toll rose by 150 – the highest Sunday increase since June. Read our live updates below... Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 2020-10-18T17:03:19.046Z Hospital shortages could be saved from the skies:RAF veterans to fly Covid tests and PPE to hospitals across UKEx-fighter pilots have become the latest recruits in the UK’s battle against coronavirus.RAF and Royal Navy veterans are to fly drones carrying Covid-19 samples, test kits and personal protective equipment between hospitals across the country.It is hoped that the airborne delivery service will avoid courier call-out waiting times, free up NHS staff, reduce unnecessary physical contact and minimise the risk of secondary transmission of the virus.The medical drones are being piloted by former fighter pilots from the York-based unmanned aircraft training company Flyby Technology.Read more... 2020-10-18T16:22:19.243Z Hospitals in the North West are continuing to see the most hospital admissions:The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital on Friday – the most recent daily figures available – and the total number of patients in hospital and those on ventilators in each region of England, as of Sunday, are as follows (previous week’s figure in brackets):East of England – 23 admitted (19), 226 in hospital (137), 23 on ventilators (16)London – 67 (55), 498 (338), 86 (57)Midlands – 132 (87), 853 (576), 88 (81)North East & Yorkshire – 159 (146), 1,230 (914), 113 (99)North West – 196 (180), 1,785 (1,218), 161 (132)South East – 33 (34), 221 (174), 11 (8)South West – 22 (23), 161 (94), 21 (8) 2020-10-18T15:38:22.573Z Hospital admissions continue to rise...Separate figures show there were 4,974 Covid-19 patients in hospital in England on Sunday, up from 3,451 a week ago, while 503 were in ventilation beds, up from 401 a week ago.A total of 632 patients with confirmed Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals in England on Friday, compared with 544 a week earlier. Advertisement 2020-10-18T15:09:32.240Z BREAKING: The latest figures are in: UK coronavirus cases jump by nearly 17,000 as death toll up by 67 2020-10-18T14:57:33.163Z The latest coronavirus figures are due to be published shortly.This graph tracks how cases have shot up across the UK over recent weeks: 2020-10-18T14:31:21.393Z Andy Burnham welcomes 'contructive' talk with No10Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed a “constructive” conversation with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief strategic adviser, Sir Edward Lister.A spokesman for the Labour mayor said: “The mayor has had a constructive call with Sir Edward Lister.” Advertisement 2020-10-18T13:19:47.640Z And from Wales...There have been a further 950 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 35,628.Public Health Wales said three further deaths had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rising to 1,711. 2020-10-18T13:17:44.863Z The latest statistics from EnglandA further 61 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,971, NHS England said on Sunday.Patients were aged between 54 and 96. All but four patients, aged 56 to 92, had known underlying health conditions.The deaths were between October 4 and 17.Four other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result. 2020-10-18T13:07:36.536Z More than 1,000 new cases recorded in Northern IrelandThere have been 1,012 new Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hour reporting period, the Department of Health has announced.Some 7,090 new positive cases have been notified in the last seven days.There are 228 patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospital, with 30 in intensive care.There were five deaths reported on Sunday, taking the toll recorded by the department to 615. Advertisement 2020-10-18T13:01:30.353Z UK shop closures at record high in 2020A record number of shops closed during the first half of 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown, new figures show.A total of 11,000 chain operator outlets shut between January and August this year, according to research from the Local Data Company and accountancy firm PwC.Around 5,000 shops opened, leaving a net decline of 6,001 stores, almost double the drop during the same period last year.Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, said: “We know that the pandemic will continue to impact the way we work, rest and play; however, in terms of how we shop, this isn’t new.“What we have seen is an acceleration of existing changes in shopping behaviours alongside forced experimentation from Covid-19 restrictions.“We all knew that consumers were shifting to shopping online or changing their priorities in terms of the things they buy, but what Covid-19 has done is create a step-change in these underlying trends to where they have now become the new normal.”The data shows there has been a steady rise in shop closures since 2017, when the total was 6,453, increasing by at least 1,000 almost every year.The sectors which have seen consistent growth over the last five years include value retailers and discount supermarkets. 2020-10-18T12:36:30.920Z Burnham: 'This is not just a Greater Manchester issue'Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has written to political leaders in Westminster urging them to help secure a “fair financial framework” for local lockdowns.Mr Burnham told Boris Johnson, Sir Keir Starmer and other party leaders that “this is not just a Greater Manchester issue” as he called for a consistent new package for Tier 3 restrictions.Backed by Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, he called for a “full and fair furlough scheme” covering 80 per cent of wages or at least the national minimum wage, support for the self-employed and improved compensation for businesses.
.“That is why we believe it is right for Parliament to debate and agree what is a fair level of support for people and businesses in those areas.“At present, local areas are agreeing individual deals with the Government. It is by no means clear that these will be sufficient to cope with the pressures they will face. Also, the lack of transparency about this process and the risks of differential treatment is potentially divisive.“Establishing clear national entitlements of the kind we had during the first lockdown will create a sense of fairness which in turn would help build public support for, and compliance with, any new restrictions.”
Ireland: Government ‘will take decisive and nationwide action’ over virus surgeMeanwhile, in Ireland, the Government will take “decisive and nationwide” action on Monday over the rising number of coronavirus cases, a minister has said.It comes after political leaders received briefings from health officials in Dublin on Saturday about their concerns at the recent rapid spread of the virus.Amid increasing speculation, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris confirmed on Sunday that the Government will take action.The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended moving to Level 5 of the Covid-19 restrictions framework for six weeks.Currently Counties Dublin, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are at Level 4, while the rest of the country is at Level 3.The Cabinet is to meet on Monday.
Burnham criticises ‘we’re alright Jack’ letter that provoked row between ToriesAndy Burnham has hit back at a “group of southern” Tory MPs who angered Conservative colleagues by calling for the Greater Manchester Mayor to “engage” with the Government’s lockdown measures to prevent further restrictions in their constituencies.He said at the “we’re alright Jack” letter from 20 Conservatives whose areas are currently under the lowest form of coronavirus restriction would not “cut much ice here”.The 20 Conservatives wrote an open letter to Mr Burnham and the Labour leader urging them to get the virus “under control” in Manchester to avoid the “pain” of a national lockdown.Tory MPs, including some in Greater Manchester, criticised the letter as “unhelpful”.Mr Burnham told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I’m not sure a sort of ‘we’re alright Jack’ letter from a group of southern Conservatives MPs is going to cut much ice here.“I would say to them some of them represent constituencies whose cases were higher than ours when we went into national lockdown. Anywhere could end up in Tier 3 this winter. In fact, I would say places are likely to end up in Tier 3 this winter, therefore it’s everyone’s concern that we protect the lowest paid in our communities.”
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Lack of compliance making UK outbreak worse, Chinese resident living in London saysA Chinese citizen living in London, who got trapped in Wuhan during the peak of the pandemic, has said China was able to get a quicker grip on the virus because people are more obedient and inclined to listen to science.Xi Lu, 31, spent 141 days in Wuhan after he became stuck during a visit to see family in the city. His wife remained in the UK when he went abroad in January and he was eventually able to return to London, where he has lived for the last seven years, in July.He said: “In China if there is a rule, we follow the rule. If we see somebody not following the rules, we don’t need to punish them, we need to make sure they are aware of their violations against the rules.“Most of the Chinese people, in particular the younger generation, they have had more than 15 years of obligatory education. So most of the younger generation, they believe in the science. They just follow whatever the scientists say.“Wear the mask? We wear the mask. And we tell our parents and grandparents to wear the mask. We wouldn’t say ‘let’s take the mask off because I can’t breathe right’, because we know this virus is there.”
Test and Trace data share 'proportionate'Michael Gove defended police being given data from NHS Test and Trace, saying that officers are operating in a “very proportionate way”.He said: “I think that actually the behavioural effects show that the majority of people, the overwhelming majority of people, want to be part of a national effort to fight the virus.“And of course there will be some, a very, very small minority, who will be, you know, heedless of the consequences of their actions.“But the other thing is, the police to be fair to them, are operating things so far as I can see, in a very proportionate way.“They engage and they explain well before they enforce. We all know that people make innocent errors and an appropriate word can mean that that innocent error can be corrected by any of us.“But where you do get persistent, flagrant and deliberate breaching of the rules, then it is appropriate for action to be taken.”
Christmas won't be the 'usual celebration' this year, expert says Christmas will be “tough” this year and not the “usual celebration” it traditionally is, Sage member Professor Jeremy Farrar has said.He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday that he did not believe a coronavirus vaccine would be ready for the festive period.Prof Farrar said: “Christmas will be tough this year. I don’t think it’s going to be the usual celebration it is and all families coming together, I’m afraid.“I think we have to be honest and realistic and say that we are in for three to six months of a very difficult period.“The temperatures drop, we are all indoors more often, we have the other infections that come this time of year. It’s much better for us to be upfront and honest now.”However, Prof Farrar believed Covid-19 vaccines and working treatments were “three to six months away”.
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Covid is still dangerous despite falling death rates, senior medic warnsThere is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 has become less dangerous despite falling death rates from the virus, a senior medic has said.Dr Alison Pittard, dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine in London, said that although treatment is improving, social distancing is also having an impact on transmission and viral load.She told Sky News: “It is still a very deadly virus, although the majority of people who still become infected will have a very, very minor illness or may not even know that they are ill at all. For those people that require hospital admission, for those that come to intensive care it’s still a very severe disease.”She added: “If you end up in critical care with Covid pneumonia you are almost twice as likely to die than somebody who’s admitted with a pneumonia not due to Covid – so it is still something to be worried about.”
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