Uk news Health minister rejects reports of fresh two-week national lockdown London news

MetiNews.Com - Health Minister Edward Argar has played down reports that the Government is considering a two-week national lockdown.  Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty is advising Boris Johnson on blanket restrictions, according to former World Health Organisation director Anthony Costello, who sits on the independent SAGE panel.

Uk news Health minister rejects reports of fresh two-week national lockdown London news

MetiNews.Com - Health Minister Edward Argar has played down reports that the Government is considering a two-week national lockdown.  Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty is advising Boris Johnson on blanket restrictions, according to former World Health Organisation director Anthony Costello, who sits on the independent SAGE panel.

Uk news  Health minister rejects reports of fresh two-week national lockdown London news
17 September 2020 - 08:40

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 Health Minister Edward Argar has played down reports that the Government is considering a two-week national lockdown. Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty is advising Boris Johnson on blanket restrictions, according to former World Health Organisation director Anthony Costello, who sits on the independent SAGE panel. The Prime Minister has insisted he is doing "everything in my power" to prevent a second national lockdown, but acknowledged that he could not dismiss the possibility. Cases have been rising over the last month with the UK recording nearly 4,000 Covid-19 cases in a day for the first time since the start of May. Read more Ministers 'plan to ration tests' as north east faces new lockdown-LIVE Asked about the reports that Mr Whitty was advising the Government to impose a two-week lockdown, Mr Argar told Sky News on Thursday: “It is not something I have hard about, but it's not something I have seen within the department. “The Prime Minister has been very clear on this. He doesn’t want to see another national lockdown. 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Matt Writtle 13/50 A newspaper vendor in Manchester city centre giving away free toilet rolls with every paper bought as shops run low on supplies due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus PA 14/50 Theo Clay looks out of his window next to his hand-drawn picture of a rainbow in Liverpool, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue Reuters 15/50 A young man cuts another man's hair on top of a closed hairdresser in Oxford Reuters 16/50 General view of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital, built to fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London via Reuters 17/50 Jason Baird is seen dressed as Spiderman during his daily exercise to cheer up local children in Stockport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues Reuters 18/50 A woman wearing a face mask walks past Buckingham Palace Getty Images 19/50 A man holds mobile phone displaying a text message alert sent by the government warning that new rules are in force across the UK and people must stay at home PA 20/50 Medical staff on the Covid-19 ward at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital, in Wales, as the health services continue their response to the coronavirus outbreak. PA 21/50 Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking part in a virtual Cabinet meeting with his top team of ministers PA 22/50 A shopper walks past empty shelves in a Lidl store on in Wallington. After spates of "panic buying" cleared supermarket shelves of items like toilet paper and cleaning products, stores across the UK have introduced limits on purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have also created special time slots for the elderly and other shoppers vulnerable to the new coronavirus. Getty Images 23/50 People on a busy tube train in London at rush hour PA 24/50 Mia, aged 8 and her brother Jack, aged 5 from Essex, continue their school work at home, after being sent home due to the coronavirus PA 25/50 Children are painting 'Chase the rainbows' artwork and springing up in windows across the country Reuters 26/50 Social distancing in Primrose Hill Jeremy Selwyn 27/50 Westminster Bridge is deserted PA 28/50 A general view of a locked gate at Anfield, Liverpool as The Premier League has been suspended PA 29/50 An empty escalator at Charing Coss London Underground tube station Jeremy Selwyn 30/50 Homeless people in London AFP via Getty Images 31/50 A piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear has appeared on a wall on Bank Street in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow's street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a woman and a man pulling back to give each other a kiss PA 32/50 The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic PA 33/50 A general view on Grey street, Newcastle as coronavirus cases grow around the world Reuters 34/50 Matt Raw, a British national who returned from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China, leaves quaratine at Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside PA 35/50 Britain's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty (L) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance look on as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference inside 10 Downing Street Reuters 36/50 The ticket-validation terminals at the tram stop on Edinburgh's Princes Street are cleaned following the coronavirus outbreak.

.com 47/50 A commuter wears a face mask at London Bridge Station Jeremy Selwyn 48/50 A empty restaurant in the Bull Ring Shopping Centre Getty Images 49/50 A deserted Trafalgar Square in London PA 50/50 Passengers determined to avoid the coronavirus before leaving the UK arrive at Gatwick Airport Getty Images "He wants to see people abiding by the regulations and making the local lockdowns work and getting the infections rates down." He added: "It's nothing something I've heard from Chris and I know it's something the Prime Minister has been clear he doesn't want to see." Mr Argar said the Government believes the rise in coronavirus cases can be controlled through local measures as long as people adhere to the measures in place. Asked about whether he could rule out another national lockdown, he told BBC Breakfast: "The key to making sure that doesn't happen is people adhering to the rule of the six, adhering to the regulations. "I know it's tough. This has been an incredibly tough year for everyone with huge sacrifices made by individuals, by businesses, by families. "And the message is very clear. If we stick to that, if we stick to the hands, space and face guidance, we can avoid further national restrictions." According to Mr Costello, the Prime Minister has been told by his Chief Medical Officer that such a move may be needed to stop the recent rise in infections. He tweeted: "I’m hearing from a well-connected person that government now thinks, in absence of testing, there are 38,000 infections per day. "Chris Whitty is advising PM for a two week national lockdown." Cases have been rising over the last month (AFP via Getty Images) With further lockdowns expected to be announced in North East England , Mr Argar said the region was seeing a spike in cases similar to that in the North West. “In the North East we are seeing a spike in infections. It is exactly what we have seen in the North West. We monitor that rate. Where we need to, we step in and take action,” he said. Mr Argar said that in the North West, the rise had been driven in part by people not adhering to the social distancing requirements. “Obviously a nighttime economy will fuel that with people having been out late into the evening.” Read more Local lockdown restrictions to come into force across North East He later said the Government believes the rise in coronavirus cases can be controlled through local measures. “We saw in Leicester it worked, we saw those rates come right down – it does work and it does control it at a local level,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. “I don’t think we are at a place where we would wish to see or need to see a national level of restrictions.” Read more Ministers 'plan to ration tests' as north east faces new lockdown-LIVE Police chief complains about XR protesters going floppy during arrest Deloitte loses fight with regulator on Autonomy and gets £15m fine PM: People shouldn't snitch on neighbours for flouting 'rule of six' Mr Argar said that while the Government was “ramping up” testing capacity as cases rose, it would need to prioritise key workers. “We will see this in the next few days, the official guidance coming out that will prioritise frontline NHS care workers, teachers and similar. “It is possible that there are people with symptoms who apply for a test who have to wait longer because we are prioritising those key frontline workers we need to keep our NHS and care system working.”

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