It is likely that pubs and restaurants could be closed in parts of northern England and the Midlands under the new system due to high levels of Covid-19 cases in those areas.
It came as Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer, warned MPs that the UK crisis was at a ‘critical’ time, with figures suggesting the number of infections had doubled in a week.
Coronavirus cases in the United States hit their highest level in two months
New cases of coronavirus in the United States hit a two-month high with more than 58,000 infections reported and hospitalizations in the Midwest reaching record levels for a fifth consecutive day, according to a Reuters analysis.
Ten of the 50 states reported record one-day increases in cases on Friday, including the midwestern states of Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin and Illinois recorded more than 3,000 new cases for a second day in a row.
It came as Donald Trump was due to resume his re-election campaign on Saturday by addressing his supporters from the balcony of the White House.
He is then due to travel to central Florida on Monday to hold his first campaign rally since leaving hospital after being treated for Covid-19 last week.
Conrad Duncan10 October 2020 11:11
A warning from the Greater Manchester night economics advisor …
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 10:53 AM
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham will be joined by Liverpool City area mayor Steve Rotheram and North Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll at today’s press conference on lockdown measures local, according to ITV’s Paul Brand.
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 10:36 AM
Our journalist, Anthony Cuthbertson, has put together an explainer below on some of the latest coronavirus data from the UK and other parts of Europe:
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 10:28 AM
Details on the most stringent measures in the new tier system
Sky News’s Joe Pike shared some details of a briefing given to Northern Council leaders on the proposed three-tier system for local lockdown restrictions which is expected to be announced next week.
The measures will take place in blocks of four weeks and at the strictest level (level 3), pubs and bars will be closed and households mixing indoors and outdoors will be banned.
However, schools and universities should remain open.
Of course, the system could change before it is officially unveiled on Monday.
You can find the briefing details below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 10:18 AM
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and other leaders from the north of England will take stock of their position on local lockdown restrictions at 12:30 pm today …
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 10:03 AM
Gateshead council chief opposed lockdown of reception venues
The head of the Gateshead Council has said he is opposed to a lockdown of reception places in the northeast region, warning that further measures next week would be “counterproductive”.
Martin Gannon, of Labor, told BBC Radio 4 that the region had seen three different sets of regulations in 10 days, which had caused “enormous resistance and confusion”.
“Even the Prime Minister at one point did not have a clue of the real restrictions he had placed on the North East of England,” Mr Gannon said.
“Our point is that even with the mixed messages, even with the confusion and frustration, the measures that are in place right now are starting to work.
“Work with us, give us more time, help us gain trust, and persuade people who want to do the right thing.”
He added that no minister had participated in a conference call with leaders in the Northeast regarding the situation on Friday.
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 9:54 AM
Liverpool mayor expects strictest ‘level three’ lockdown within days
According to the city’s mayor, Liverpool are expected to be placed in a tighter coronavirus lockdown under a new three-tier system of restrictions to be introduced next week.
Pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities are expected to be closed as part of these measures, while residents will likely be prohibited from mingling with other households in any setting,
Talk to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Joe Anderson said the city had “not been consulted” on the decision.
Our journalist, Colin Drury, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 09:43
‘Coronavirus Heroes’ Receive Honors in Queen’s Birthday List
Key workers have been celebrated in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list this year, alongside famous figures, such as Marcus Rashford and Joe Wicks, who have supported people during the coronavirus crisis.
Health and social workers made up 14 percent of the 1,495 accolades on this year’s list – with 13 percent of beneficiaries from ethnic minorities, making it the most diverse list to date.
Our journalist, Kate Ng, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 09:31
Public Health England ‘sorry’ for missed positive test results by Excel error
The deputy director of the national infection service at Public Health England said the organization was ‘very sorry’ for a computer error which led to thousands of unreported coronavirus tests.
About 16,000 positive tests were not properly followed up with contact after they were missed when some Microsoft Excel files exceeded a maximum size limit while being transferred from NHS Test and Trace to PHE.
On Saturday morning, Dr Susan Hopkins told BBC Radio 4’s Today program whereby 75% of case contacts had now been reached.
“We are very sorry that this happened in the first place at Public Health England,” she said.
“But I would also say that we are very happy with the work we have done with our colleagues at the NHS Test and Trace and the efforts made to find these people.”
Conrad DuncanOctober 10, 2020 9:18 AM