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MetiNews.Com - Millions of Londoners are spending their first day under tighter coronavirus restrictions after the capital moved into the Government’s “high” risk alert level . Revellers thronged pubs and bars in Soho on Friday night ahead of the new measures, which came in at midnight and include a ban on any mixing between households indoors. Other areas placed in Tier 2 restrictions from
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 Millions of Londoners are spending their first day under tighter coronavirus restrictions after the capital moved into the Government’s “high” risk alert level . Revellers thronged pubs and bars in Soho on Friday night ahead of the new measures, which came in at midnight and include a ban on any mixing between households indoors. Other areas placed in Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday include Essex and Elmbridge in Surrey. In Lancashire, many hospitality businesses have been forced to close after the area was moved into the strictest Tier 3 restrictions. It comes as Boris Johnson faces renewed pressure to impose a short "circuit-breaker" national lockdown to curb the spike in infections across the country. The UK recorded a further 16,171 Covid-19 cases today, as the death toll rose by 150. Follow our live updates here... Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 2020-10-17T17:54:21.360Z Another weekend, another round of anti-lockdown protests:Thousands of anti-vaxxers march through London on first day of Tier 2Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters descended on central London as the latest round of coronavirus restrictions came into force.Campaigners marched down Hyde Park and Oxford Street calling for an end to strict new curbs as the capital entered Tier 2 of the Government’s Covid alert system.Led by Piers Corbyn, brother of the former Labour leader, demonstrators chanted “stick your poison vaccine up your a***”, “take off your masks” and “we are the 99 per cent”.Read more... 2020-10-17T17:20:48.136Z Captain Sir Tom Moore says new national lockdown would be 'disaster' for elderlyCaptain Sir Tom Moore has said he fears elderly people would struggle if another national lockdown is introduced.The Second World War veteran, who in April captured hearts around the nation by walking 100 laps of his garden raising £33 million for the NHS, said the older generation will start to feel “lonely” should tougher coronavirus restrictions return across the country.He told LBC another lockdown would be a “disaster”, as elderly people would be left without family members to meet up with.Sir Tom said: “I am afraid it would be, let’s just say unpleasant, for older people.“It will be very, very difficult because at the moment they are virtually imprisoned in their own premises.”He added: “Whilst we continue with the lockdown, people are going to be more and more isolated, for longer and to me, this is going to be very, very bad for old people. ”However, Sir Tom said it wouldn’t just be elderly people impacted by a second national lockdown, declaring it would be a “very serious situation for all of us”.Asked for his message to those suffering, the 100-year-old said: “I think the thing is, you’ve got to look on the bright side, that things will get better.“I mean I’m always, I’ve been very optimistic and I’m still optimistic, but I do worry for the old people.“The old people have the right to say do look on the bright side because things will get better, and there is no doubt that we can get away from under this cloud that we’re in at the moment. ”Sir Tom also urged younger people to help out their elderly relatives or neighbours, by communicating with them or by carrying out day-to-day tasks such as shopping. 2020-10-17T16:24:24.480Z BREAKING: Shops, restaurants and non-essential shops to shut across Wales from next Friday:Wales set for circuit-breaker lockdown from next Friday Advertisement 2020-10-17T16:07:12.133Z More on the latest hospital figures from across the country:In Scotland, 629 Covid-19 patients were in hospital as of Friday, up from 397 a week earlier, with 58 in ventilation beds, up from 31 a week earlier.In Wales, 442 Covid-19 patients were in hospital as of Friday, up from 291 a week earlier, with 32 in ventilation beds, remaining the same figure as a week earlier.In Northern Ireland, 213 Covid-19 patients were in hospital as of Thursday, up from 174 a week earlier, with 20 in ventilation beds as of Friday, up from 10 a week earlier.Data on patients with Covid-19 is not comparable across the UK due to differences in the way the figures are reported. 2020-10-17T15:55:49.960Z Here's a breakdown of the latest hospital admissions across the country:The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital on Thursday – 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 Saturday, are as follows (previous week’s figure in brackets):East of England – 41 admitted (23), 229 in hospital (132), 21 on ventilators (17)London – 78 (39), 467 (314), 82 (52)Midlands – 146 (77), 823 (516), 91 (82)North East & Yorkshire – 184 (125), 1,165 (847), 109 (97)North West – 258 (178), 1,703 (1,167), 160 (133)South East – 52 (36), 269 (161), 11 (10)South West – 33 (35), 158 (88), 20 (5) 2020-10-17T15:28:25.283Z BREAKING: The latest official figures are in: UK coronavirus deaths up by 150 as cases jump by 16,171 Advertisement 2020-10-17T13:23:56.540Z A further 86 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,910, NHS England said on Saturday.Patients were aged between 44 and 99. All but two patients, aged 62 and 79, had known underlying health conditions.The deaths were between September 16 and October 16.Three other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
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The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has said his brother has died after being admitted to intensive care with Covid-19.On Friday evening, Mr Anderson urged people to follow the rules to prevent the spread of the virus as he revealed his eldest brother was in a “very serious condition” in hospital in the city.In a Twitter post on Saturday, he said: “Despite the efforts of all the staff @LivHospitals ICU my brother sadly died at 10.45 last night We want to thank the dedicated staff risking their lives for us.Thank you all for your messages of love and support Let’s stick together and support each other and win this battle.”
The Government needs to demonstrate how coronavirus restrictions are working to win over the “spoonful of scepticism”, a Tory Lancashire MP has said.Jake Berry told the BBC: “I do think the British public would react extremely well to having the data shared with them in a simple and meaningful way.“My preference would be through the NHS Test and Trace app to try and bring the people with us.“Because I think the point that’s made by Greater Manchester is that people are very sceptical about whether this new tiering system will work.“I think that spoonful of scepticism is because we’ve been in very similar measures since August and no one has really demonstrated to us the way out or how these measures are working.”
No 10 urged to restart coronavirus restriction talks with Greater ManchesterDowning Street is being urged to restart talks with Greater Manchester’s political leaders over the highest levels of coronavirus restrictions, amid warnings of rising deaths.Boris Johnson was also under renewed pressure on Saturday to impose a short national lockdown known as a circuit-breaker to slow Covid-19’s resurgence.The calls came as new controls including in Lancashire and London mean 28 million people – more than half of England – are living under heightened restrictions.Both the Prime Minister and Labour have warned the situation in Greater Manchester is “grave”, while the region’s political leaders refuse to accept Tier 3 restrictions without greater financial support for businesses and residents.But No 10 was understood to have not yet scheduled further talks for the weekend and mayor Andy Burnham said there had been no meetings since Thursday morning.
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Government adviser Sir John Bell has said a short national circuit-breaker may be necessary as he described other measures as “biting around the edges”.The regius professor of medicine at the University of Oxford told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I can see very little way of getting on top of this without some kind of a circuit-breaker because the numbers are actually pretty eye-watering in some bits of the country and I think it’s going to be very hard to get on top of this just biting around the edges.“I think there will be every effort to keep schools open.“If in the end we have to take kids out for two weeks, calm it all down, and then start ideally embedded in a much more rigorous testing regime then that’s maybe what we may have to do.”
Shadow education secretary Kate Green has urged Downing Street to resume talks with Greater Manchester’s leaders today to end a “very grave” situation.The Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said: “I’m really, really alarmed, I do think that every day we’re delaying taking action is a day wasted but we have to have the financial support, the package of measures, to enable people to close their businesses, to isolate at home if necessary if additional restrictions are to work.“That has not been offered by the Government. There hasn’t even been discussions over the past 24 hours between the Government and Greater Manchester’s leaders.“What we need to get everybody around the table really as a matter of desperate urgency now. The situation here is very, very grave.“Our infection rate is rising very sharply and our hospitals could be overwhelmed very quickly if action isn’t taken.“So I’m absolutely with the Prime Minister in saying we have to have an urgent resolution to this, we’re putting lives at risk, but it has to be done by stopping the blame game and getting everyone around the table.“We have to have our local leaders around the table with the Prime Minister or with his representatives to thrash out a deal today.“There were no talks at all yesterday, No 10 did not pick up the phone to local leaders.”
Revellers enjoy last night out before London is put into Tier 2 restrictions
People dance and socialise in Soho (REUTERS)Read the full story here
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