Boris Johnson is expected to present a new three-tier system on Monday, with pubs and restaurants set to be closed in the north of England, where infection rates are high.
MP refuses to resign after driving hundreds of miles with coronavirus
The Scottish MP who has traveled hundreds of miles on public transport after testing positive for coronavirus has refused to resign, saying Covid-19 ‘made you do things out of your character’.
Margaret Ferrier traveled from Glasgow to Westminster awaiting a test result and made the return trip when she learned she had the virus last month.
Our journalist, Emily Goddard, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 11, 2020 11:09 AM
Is UK heading for second national lockdown? Not yet, according to housing secretary Robert Jenrick – although he didn’t completely rule out the measure this morning.
Conrad Duncan11 October 2020 11:00
UK in precarious situation but risk of death in hospitals decreases, expert says
The chairman of the Government’s Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (NERVTAG), said the UK was in a precarious position with the increase in coronavirus cases, but the risk of hospital patient deaths was down.
“It appears that the risk of death in hospital patients is decreasing,” Professor Peter Horby, University of Oxford, told Andrew Marr of the BBC.
“It was pretty high at around 25 to 30 percent in the last wave. Looks like it’s dropping below 20%. “
However, he said hospitals in parts of northern England were already starting to come under pressure from the virus.
“We have a doubling time of about eight to 15 days, so it doesn’t take long before this intensive care [intensive care unit] the beds could be full and we could be in a really difficult situation, ”said Professor Horby.
“So I’m afraid we have to make some very difficult choices and act very quickly.”
Conrad Duncan11 October 2020 10:54
Earlier today, Labor’s Lisa Nandy also spoke about the anger she had witnessed in the north of England over the government’s implementation of coronavirus restrictions.
You can find his comments below:
Lisa Nandy: “It’s hard to explain how angry people are in the north of England”
Conrad Duncan11 October 2020 10:48
Labor will push to vote on increased support for local lockdown areas, says Nandy
Shadow Labor Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has confirmed the party will look into mechanisms to allow a vote on new coronavirus restrictions in northern England
Ms Nandy said Boris Johnson was due to visit the House of Commons on Monday and make a statement on the plans.
“What we really want, however, is for the government to come up with a package of financial support that allows people to comply with health restrictions,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr.
“People are told that they are going to have to exist on 67% of their salary even if they don’t have a job, but they have to pay 100% of their rent and their bills.
She added that Labor would try to force a vote to ensure better financial support for areas hit by tighter restrictions.
“The problem with just voting against what the government is proposing is that Andy Burnham and others acknowledged it at the press conference yesterday, is that we support more restrictions, we have to to control the virus, we support a funding package, but the financial package is not enough, ”said the shadow Labor minister.
“We don’t want to get rid of what the Chancellor has done. It was fair that he said there would be help, but help is by no means enough.
Conrad Duncan11 October 2020 10:39
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick also commented this morning on reports that local councils will be given increased powers over the management of the Test and Trace system.
You can find his comments below:
Conrad Duncan11 October 2020 10:28
Mayor of Liverpool suggests workers would get better treatment if Covid peaks were in the south
The mayor of Liverpool has suggested that workers and businesses will receive better support from the government if peaks in coronavirus cases occur in southern England.
Joe Anderson told Times Radio that local leaders had “very little influence” over what action the government planned to take with its new system of three-tier local restrictions.
“This Prime Minister’s rhetoric is about leveling and what we’re going to see at Liverpool, and I know, I’m quite happy to say I’ve been told, that Liverpool will probably be placed third. Mr. Anderson said.
“This is going to have enormous economic damage and damage that will bring us back to the position this city was in in the 80s with high unemployment, unemployed people and it will take us back a long time.
“Let’s be absolutely clear here, if it was in South East London, it wouldn’t happen, it just wouldn’t be tolerated.
He added: “If it was in London we wouldn’t talk about it. It is because they want to do it inexpensively in the Northwest and we will not allow them to do it.
Conrad DuncanOctober 11, 2020 10:24 AM
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has rejected calls for increased financial support in areas affected by local lockdowns.
Instead, Mr Jenrick told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge that the government has promised to provide “hope and opportunity” to people who have lost their jobs – a response that will likely not satisfy many northern businesses.
Conrad Duncan11 October 2020 10:10
Government has “lost control” of crisis, says shadow Minister of Labor
The government has “lost control” of the coronavirus crisis with failures on messaging and Test and Trace, the Labor and Pensions secretary for Labor said.
Jonathan Reynolds told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge that further restrictions expected in the north of England must be accompanied by additional financial support for businesses.
“Look, the first thing I just need to point out is the level of anger and frustration that exists in cities and ridings like mine with the way this is going,” Mr. Reynolds said.
“There were leaks in the newspapers, there was no consultation with local leaders – that’s not the way to do it.
“People feel like they are being treated with contempt and not with respect and that is just not enough.”
He added: “To answer your question directly, the point is that more action is going to have to be taken and the reason is that the government has lost control.
“They lost control of mail, they lost control of Test and Trace, they lost control of the virus, unfortunately.
“And that means we’re going to have to take action. It wasn’t inevitable. This time around, we got out of lockdown and developing what should have been an effective test and tracing system should have meant we didn’t. must arrive at this position.
Conrad DuncanOctober 11, 2020 9:59 AM
How the coronavirus pandemic could break the union
An unexpected effect of the coronavirus crisis has been a surge in independence movements in Scotland and Wales following anger over the national government’s handling of the pandemic.
Campaign groups in the countries have said more people are joining them due to the growing feeling that devolved administrations have handled the crisis better than Westminster.
Our journalist, Colin Drury, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 11, 2020 09:48