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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. He also accused Boris Johnson
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. He also accused Boris Johnson of exaggerating the severity of the coronavirus situation in the region. 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 . In other news, it has emerged that people who have been told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace could have their contact details shared with police on a "case by case" basis. Read our live updates below... Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 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.“With the challenging winter that lies ahead of the country, it is likely that most places will find themselves in Tier 3 at some point before a vaccine is found,” Mr Burnham wrote.“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.” 2020-10-18T12:26:34.426Z 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. 2020-10-18T11:22:57.970Z 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.” Advertisement 2020-10-18T10:58:52.450Z Christmas unlikely to be traditional celebration amid very difficult winter, Sage expert Jeremy Farrar warnsRead more HERE 2020-10-18T10:38:53.810Z Circuit breaker lockdown will not be imposed in England, Michael Gove saysRead more HEREMichael Gove 2020-10-18T10:21:49.513Z 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.” Advertisement 2020-10-18T10:02:04.583Z 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.” 2020-10-18T09:52:01.340Z 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.
. 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”.
Manchester Tier 3 lockdown row deepens as Michael Gove accuses Andy Burnham of 'posturing'Read more HEREA man walks through Manchester
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.”
Four prison officers in Northern Ireland test positive for Covid-19Four prison officers in Northern Ireland have tested positive for Covid-19.The staff members are based at the Hydebank Wood facility for women and young offenders in south Belfast.The Northern Ireland Prison Service said a further 14 staff who tested negative are self-isolating and two prisoners have been put into isolation as a precaution.“The Prison Service has well-established and embedded arrangements for testing staff, and to track and trace close contacts following a positive case,” said a spokesman.“Following the contact tracing at HBW a further 14 staff, who have all tested negative, are self-isolating and two prisoners have also been put into isolation as a precaution.”
Sage expert: We should have a circuit breaker lockdown nowThe “second best time” for a national circuit-breaker lockdown is now, according to Sage member Professor Jeremy Farrar.He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday that it was “never too late” for national restrictions, adding: “It’s better to do it now, than in a month’s time.”He said: “In my view the best time to do this would have been around 20th September as Sage advised, that wasn’t decided upon then.“The second best time to do this is now and the worst time to do this is at the end of November when things would have really got considerably worse.“So it’s never too late, it’s better to do it now than in a month’s time.”
Burnham is 'posturing' over Tier 3 lockdown rowCabinet Office minister Michael Gove accused Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of “posturing” and called for action “to save people’s lives”.He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “I want to reach an agreement with the political leadership in Greater Manchester. I want them to put aside for a moment some of the political positioning that they’ve indulged in and I want them to work with us in order to ensure that we save lives and protect the NHS.“Instead of press conferences and posturing what we need is action to save people’s lives.”
Here's Michael Gove talking about the potential for a circuit breaker
Gove: We won't impose a circuit breaker lockdownMichael Gove has said that the Government would not impose a national circuit breaker. Asked on Sophy Ridge if he was ruling out the move now or in the future, he said that the spread of the disease did not warrant blanket measures at the moment.
Labour reiterates call for circuit breakerShadow education secretary Kate Green has reiterated Labour's call for a two or three-week national circuit breaker lockdown.She told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday that the current restrictions, aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus, were not working.
Burnham blames Sunak in Manchester lockdown row as talks descend into confusionMayor Andy Burnham has blamed Chancellor Rishi Sunak for being “the problem” in the row over a lockdown for Greater Manchester, as confusion was cast over talks with Downing Street.The feud between No 10 and the Labour mayor continued on Saturday after Downing Street said fresh talks had been set up for the weekend, only for Mr Burnham’s office to deny this.Mr Burnham and Conservative politicians in Greater Manchester oppose Tier 3 measures being imposed, with the mayor calling for greater financial support for workers and businesses.He has called for a return to the generosity of the original furlough scheme that saw the Treasury pay 80% of workers wages, but Mr Sunak has only offered a 66% subsidy for those whose firms forced to shut by Tier 3 measures.The Greater Manchester mayor told the New Statesman magazine: “I think the problem now is, to a large degree, the Chancellor. I think he’s made wrong judgements throughout this.”He criticised the Eat Out to Help Out meal subsidy scheme as a “poor judgment”, and added: “The cost of that should have been paying for the furlough now.”But he insisted, during the interview conducted on Friday, that the failure ultimately lies with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister: “He shouldn’t be allowing the Treasury to run the policy”.
Increase support or face ‘catastrophic economic consequences’, bosses warn PMExisting economic support packages will not be enough to stave off mass redundancies and business failures during the coronavirus crisis, bosses have warned Boris Johnson.The British Chambers of Commerce told the Prime Minister that any new lockdown restrictions must come with “truly commensurate” financial support or risk “catastrophic economic consequences”.In a letter to Mr Johnson on Saturday, they raised particular concern about the Tier 2 restrictions imposed on London and other areas on Saturday because they “dramatically” hamper businesses without extra support.The Government said all restrictions “are guided by the science” in order to bring down transmission rates and stressed that it had introduced a £200 billion support package.In the letter, the chambers said the Job Support Scheme, which sees the Treasury pay two-thirds of workers’ wages in businesses told to shut in Tier 3, will “assist some firms”.But they added that firms they represent say it “will not be enough to stave off mass redundancies and business failures” as they called for “enhanced support”.
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