The secretary of state also announced that mayors and local councils would have more control over testing and tracing efforts within their communities.
He said: “Yes, we want to work very closely with the local mayors and with the councils. We will make sure that the national testing infrastructure works in harmony with what is happening locally. Local councils and local communities are very good at contact tracing. “
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- The government insisted it had “spent the whole weekend working with local councils” before the new Covid-19 restrictions.
- Local authorities should also benefit from greater control over testing and tracing programs in their regions.
- Northern leaders accused the government of treating the region as “second class”.
12:10 p.m.: Hospitals in parts of northern England were already starting to come under pressure
Professor Peter Horby, of the University of Oxford, said hospitals in parts of northern England were starting to feel the pressure from the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “We are already seeing in some parts of the north that some hospitals are starting to come under pressure.
“We have a doubling time of about eight to 15 days, so it doesn’t take long before the intensive care unit (ICU) beds are full and we could be in a really tough spot.
“So I’m afraid we have to make some very difficult choices and act very quickly.”
12:00 p.m .: Liverpool mayor insists there is little collaboration with government on Covid-19 restrictions
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has said the economic impact of Covid-19 restrictions will return the city to what it was in the 1980s.
Mr. Anderson commented: “We have very little power or influence on this and we are made for rather than being collaborated or discussed.
“This Prime Minister’s rhetoric is about leveling and what we’re going to see in Liverpool, and I know, I’m quite happy to say I’ve been told, that Liverpool will likely be placed third. .
“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 clear here, if it was in the South East or London, it wouldn’t happen, it just wouldn’t be tolerated.
11:55 am: “The government has lost control”
Jonathan Reynolds, the shadow secretary for work and pensions, claimed the government had lost control of Covid-19.
Mr Reynold said: “The point is that new measures are 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 we got out of lockdown and developing what should have been an effective test and traceability system should have meant that we didn’t have to come to that position. ”
11:50 a.m .: Labor say new restrictions must come with more financial support
Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions Jonathan Reynolds has said any further restrictions on Covid-19 in northern England must be accompanied by financial support.
He commented, “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.
“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, which is just not enough.
“But the crux of the matter is this – further restrictions must be accompanied by economic support. “
11:45 am: Labor worries people will stop following rules put in place to fight virus
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Reynolds said “it’s a concern” that people are stopping following the rules for Covid-19.
Mr Reynold commented: “It’s a concern, to be frank.
“We always want the government to be successful, we want them to have a grip on this, but they just don’t do it by the minute and part of that is the way the contracts were awarded for testing and testing. tracing, without achieving what we need to be.
“So there are real lessons for the government to learn. They have to get this under control because they are starting to lose people.
“There is resentment about the North / South divide in some of these local restrictions and you can see it happening.
“So unless the Prime Minister gets ahold of it, it will become even more difficult. “
11:40 am: Greater Manchester mayor says northern leaders are still in talks with government over more restrictions
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said leaders in the north were still in discussions with the government over more restrictions as he again criticized the government’s response to the pandemic in a growing north-south conflict.
He said the test and traceability system “failed” and lasted all year.
Mr Burnham said: ‘We are powerless to change that, a system that does not work for us, then the government comes and asks us to put more restrictions on ourselves, it is not acceptable that we are left in this position. .
11:35 a.m .: Local councils could control testing and tracing
Local authorities could have more control over testing and tracing efforts in their communities.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “We want to work closely with local mayors and with councils.
“We will make sure that the national testing infrastructure works in harmony with what is happening locally.
“Because local councils and local communities are very good at contact tracing.”
11:30 am: The government “spent the whole weekend working with local leaders”
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick insisted the government was working with leaders of local councils in northern England before the new Covid-19 restrictions.
Mr Jenrick said: “We spent the weekend working with these local leaders.
“I spent the whole weekend talking to leaders in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, other parts of the country.
“We try to work very closely with the mayors, with the heads of councils, with the directors general to design these measures with them. This takes time.
“We want to have good communication between national and local authorities before we announce how we are going to move this forward.”
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