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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 “posturing” and called for action “to save people’s lives”. He made the comments as Mr Burnham called for Tier 3 restrictions to come with an adequate financial package and accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of
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 “posturing” and called for action “to save people’s lives”. He made the comments as Mr Burnham called for Tier 3 restrictions to come with an adequate financial package and accused Prime Minister 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 2020-10-18T09:09:48.736Z 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.” 2020-10-18T08:55:08.580Z 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.” 2020-10-18T08:47:46.960Z 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.” Advertisement 2020-10-18T08:19:42.186Z 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.” 2020-10-18T08:12:31.700Z Here's Michael Gove talking about the potential for a circuit breaker 2020-10-18T07:52:21.280Z 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. Advertisement 2020-10-18T07:47:57.580Z 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. 2020-10-18T07:33:35.383Z 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”. 2020-10-18T07:12:59.696Z 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”. Advertisement 2020-10-18T06:52:10.880Z Good morning, and welcome back to our live coverage of all the news about the coronavirus outbreak.Stick with us as we bring you all the latest both from the UK and around the world. 2020-10-17T22:36:26.606Z That's all for tonight's rolling coronavirus coverage.
It looks as though it's going to be a tough Sunday morning for the former PM:Tony Blair accused of ‘flagrant’ quarantine breach after US tripTony Blair has denied claims he breached coronavirus restrictions by failing to self-isolate for 14 days after a two-day trip to the US.The former prime minister was photographed leaving a Mayfair restaurant 10 days after his return from Washington DC via private jet last month, The Sunday Telegraph reported.Sources told the newspaper that Mr Blair, 67, had requested special exemption from the two-week travel quarantine rules but Whitehall did not issue him with the formal dispensation required.The ex-Labour leader allegedly claimed he was advised to follow rules on attending “international conferences”, having travelled to the US for a ceremony at the White House.Read more...
Outsourced tracing scheme fails to contact 250,000 people, analysis saysThe outsourced Test and Trace system has failed to reach nearly a quarter of a million close contacts of people who have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a new analysis.Private firms Serco and Sitel failed to contact 245,481 contacts in England either online or from call centres over four months – missing nearly 40 per cent of contacts, the figures show.Labour said the figures show test and trace is “on the verge of collapse” and highlight the need for a short national lockdown to allow the Government to fix the system.The Government defended the system, saying test and trace is “breaking chains of transmission” and had told 900,000 people to isolate.Boris Johnson pledged in May that the system, which has cost £12 billion, would be “world-beating” and a successful tracing programme has long been hailed as a way to ease lockdown measures.Labour’s analysis of official figures released this week showed more than 26,000 people in the week up to October 7 were not contacted in north-west England, where the Liverpool region and Lancashire have been plunged into the severest restrictions.The Prime Minister has threatened to impose the Tier 3 measures on neighbouring Greater Manchester, even if local leaders do not consent because they are demanding greater financial support.The figures showed that the private firms did reach 372,458 contacts in the period of the data, May 28 to October 7.“Complex” cases – which include outbreaks linked to hospitals, care homes, prisons or schools – are handled by local health protection teams, which statistics show have far higher rates of success.A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “We’re continuing to drive forward local contact tracing as part of our commitment to being locally led, with more than 100 Local Tracing Partnerships now operating, and more to come.”He added that, when including local teams, 84 per cent of contacts had been traced “where communication details were provided”.
Strictly is back with a socially distanced-twist, but its opener has left some viewers confused...Strictly fans left bewildered by 'ironic' routine as new series beginsStrictly Come Dancing fans have shared their joy at the show’s return, but also voiced confusion at the opening routine’s “ironic” backing track.The 18th series kicked off on BBC One with a dance to Rozalla’s ‘Everybody’s Free’, to the bafflement of some viewers.Social media users asked whether the “bold” song choice was a joke given the tightening up of coronavirus lockdown restrictions across the UK.“Strictly starting with ‘Everybody’s Free’ when we are all hiding in our bunkers,” one Twitter user commented.Read more...
Police are to be granted access to the names, addresses and contact details of people told to self-isolate:
Police to gain access to Britons' details under Test and Trace
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...
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.
BREAKING: Shops, restaurants and non-essential shops to shut across Wales from next Friday:Wales set for circuit-breaker lockdown from next Friday
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.
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)
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