Northeast lockdown LIVE: Boris Johnson to lead 100th government coronavirus briefing

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The Prime Minister will be joined by Chief Medical Officer of England Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Science Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance – the initial briefing going back to the first press conference which took place in Downing Street on March 16.

Much has happened since that first briefing six months ago, with the UK death toll currently at over 42,000.

Kim McGuinness, Labor Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Police, said the Prime Minister had stirred up further confusion after his comments on the Northeast restrictions on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “I think yesterday with the Prime Minister when he spoke badly caused a lot of confusion,

“I think this is a big request for people and what I would ask the government to do is communicate better before these local restrictions, but also communicate with residents why we have to do it.”

We’ll take a look at what this means for the Northeast, and more information should be shared during the day.

Scroll down to read the latest developments today.

Last update: Wednesday September 30, 2020, 08:33

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8:30 a.m .: Asked about a video apparently showing a group of college students partying, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said the government is asking students to “follow the rules, follow the guidelines and take action. responsible manner ”.

“It was actually a very, very difficult time for young people and they actually want a sense of normalcy, we can’t just lock people up forever,” he told BBC Breakfast.

“The universities are open, the students have returned, and of course we ask them, just like we ask the rest of the population, to follow the rules, follow the guidelines and act responsibly, and at the end of the day. account, this is for their own good, and I hope people will.

Asked about pupils coming home over Christmas, Mr Sharma said: ‘I know it has been a concern and a worry the last few days whether parents would miss spending time with their children and vice versa, so we made that commitment. .

“He’s (Education Secretary Gavin Williamson) looking to see precisely how we’re going to make this possible.

“But like I said, we want students to have a sense of normalcy, to be able to benefit from the education they give in universities and, of course, to stay safe.

8:15 am: Professor Lucy Yardley, health psychologist and member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said confusion has become a problem when it comes to obeying the rules of Covid-19.

The Bristol University scholar’s response came when asked if the Prime Minister should apologize for not knowing what the regulations were for the north-east of England.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today show: “I think it’s a real problem that people are trying to follow top-down rules that change all the time and are different in different places and in different organizations.

“I think we need fewer rules and more working together to figure out, in your individual situation, what is the best way to minimize the risk to the people around you.”

Professor Yardley said people are starting to make personal adjustments to how well they are following the latest coronavirus laws and guidelines, adding: ‘If you ask people to take advice, overall they have tend to say yes.

“What they mean is they follow it to the extent that they find it reasonable and practical for them and to the extent that they feel it is necessary to prevent the spread of infection – and sometimes I think that they probably succeed. ”

7:50 am: Kim McGuinness, Labor Police and Northumbria Police Crime Commissioner, said the Prime Minister stoked further confusion after his comments on the Northeast restrictions on Tuesday.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “I think there is a lot of confusion.

“I think yesterday with the Prime Minister when he spoke badly caused a lot of confusion,

“I think this is a big request for people and what I would ask the government to do is communicate better before these local restrictions, but also communicate with residents why we have to do it.”

Ms McGuinness said police “will enforce the new regulations where absolutely necessary”, but stressed that “compliance in general is very high” across the force area.

7.45 a.m .: Shell has announced plans to cut between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs globally following a collapse in demand for oil following the coronavirus pandemic.

The oil giant said the cuts will be fully implemented by the end of 2022.

7:30 a.m .: Boris Johnson will be joined by his medical and scientific advisers later for a coronavirus press conference – the 100th briefing since the pandemic hit the UK.

The Prime Minister will be joined by Chief Medical Officer of England Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Science Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance – the initial briefing going back to the first press conference which took place in Downing Street on March 16.

Much has happened since that first briefing six months ago, with the UK death toll currently standing at over 42,000.

Mr Johnson stressed the need for ‘drastic action’ to tackle the ‘rapid growth’ of the coronavirus early on.

Professor Whitty said measures to control the spread of the disease should be in place for an “extended period” as an early sign that normal life will change for some time.

Three days later, on March 19, Mr Johnson said the UK could ‘turn the tide’ of the coronavirus outbreak within the next 12 weeks if people take the precautionary measures outlined by the government.

On that day, 28 weeks ago, the Prime Minister said: “I realize that the days have passed that people will want to know how long we expect them to continue.

“I think, looking at all of this, that we can turn the tide in the next 12 weeks and I have absolutely no doubts that we can send the coronavirus racing to this country.

“But only if we take all of the measures that we have outlined is vital, this is how we will reduce the peak and once we hit that and I think we will, if we take the measures that I said, then the scientific advancements that we have made will really start to come into play.

Speaking at the June 16 briefing, in response to a question from a reporter about turning the tide within 12 weeks, Mr Johnson said: ‘I said we were going to turn the tide, and I really think than we did, within 12 weeks. “

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