Covid UK Update Live: Latest lockdown news as millions more dive into Tier 2

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Millions more people must be plunged into level 2 coronavirus restrictions amid a worrying increase in infections across the country.

Yorkshire and the Humber, the Midlands, the east of England and the South East are among the 16 regions moving to the toughest measures on Saturday after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “clear and decisive action was needed”.

Government science adviser Dr Mike Tildesley warned the government should “move away from regional fire fighting techniques” and “try to move on to something more national”.

“In a sense, some sort of national lockdown, circuit breaker or something would actually have more of an effect in areas of the country that have not yet reached Level 2,” he told the BBC. Radio 4. Today programme.

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Foreign Minister Dominic Raab says national lockdown would be “hopelessly unfair”

Raab says national lockdown would be ‘hopelessly unfair’

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 10:27

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40 youths fined for house party

Forty young people face fines after a party breaks up at a student residence in Nottingham.

Police arrived at the party just after 11 p.m. Wednesday after details of the event were shared on social media.

Each participant now faces a fixed penalty notice of £ 200, while organizers could face a fine of £ 10,000.

A bag of cocaine and a public address system were also seized from the property.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 10:18 AM

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Raab refuses to exclude level 4

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has refused to rule out new ‘level 4’ coronavirus restrictions for England following dire warnings about the growing number of infections.

When asked if Downing Street could bring a higher level 4 like Scotland, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We are always ready to take new measures. But I think the most important thing about new measures is that we continue on the path we are targeting the virus on. “

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 10:01

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Partygoers flood Nottingham ahead of new restrictions

Images show crowds of people, many in Halloween costumes, in Nottingham city center last night after bars closed hours before the area entered the highest level of coronavirus restrictions .

One video showed a large group of people singing and dancing just hours from the entrance to town on Level 3 at 12:01 am today.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 9:54 AM

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Banks charge £ 65million for loan scheme

Britain’s biggest lenders have charged the government more than £ 65million in interest in just three months to provide loans to UK businesses during the pandemic.

The government handed over £ 65,658,583 in interest on the loans between early April and late June, according to figures obtained by the PA news agency via an access to information request.

Interest was paid on loans taken out under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Program (CBILS) and for the Bounce Loan Program, which has loaned billions of pounds to small businesses.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 09:41

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Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 9:19 AM

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‘Sitting ducks to catch Covid’

Doctors said The independent delays in discharging patients are increasing pressure on the NHS from the second wave of coronavirus.

Some hospitals see long waits in A&E for beds to become available, while those waiting to be released have been described as ‘ducks sitting down to catch Covid’.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 8:55 AM

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Dominic Raab did not deny that ministers are planning to introduce a higher level 4 of restrictions on coronaviruses.

Asked about the reports, he told the Today program: “We are always ready for new measures that we can take, but I think the most important thing about new measures is that we continue on the path we are targeting the virus on. “

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 8:35 AM

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National lockdown is “hopelessly unfair”

Dominic Raab said the public would find it “hopelessly unfair” to impose a nationwide lockdown as rates vary across the country.

The Foreign Secretary told BBC Breakfast: ‘I think intuitively, as well as scientifically, if you look at what we’re trying to achieve is to focus on where the virus is strongest or where the increase is the most important.

“I also think in areas where the virus is not spreading, I think people would think that not only was it counterproductive or ineffective but also desperately unfair that measures were imposed at all levels.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 8:21 AM

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Pressure brackets for national lockdown

Pressure to impose a national lockdown in England is mounting as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise and more than a dozen areas must move to a higher level of restrictions.

Yesterday, government science adviser Dr Mike Tildesley warned that “some sort of national lockdown” or “circuit breaker” would have more effect than the current three-tier system of government.

Ministers appeared to disagree with the suggestion, with Home Secretary Priti Patel saying the government would not rule anything out, while Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said they would “do whatever we can To avoid a “general national lockdown”.

Chiara GiordanoOctober 30, 2020 8:17 AM

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