The northeast is given one more week before being forced to level 3

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Local leaders have insisted the infection curve is starting to flatten (Photo: Getty Images)

The Northeast has had one more week to prove that the current measures are working, otherwise it could be moved to the more serious level of lockdown rules.

Downing Street agreed to leave more time after receiving a joint statement from the leaders of Northumberland, Newcastle, South and North Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham warning of the “devastating” impact of the third tier restrictions.

They insisted that there is “evidence of a flattening of the curve” and that authorities in the region are confident they can make current alert level two work, ChronicleLive reports.

Confirming today that they were given a one-week reprieve before a decision was made, Gateshead chief executive Martin Gannon said: Data shows a significant slowdown over the past week. The government admits that we need a little more time to prove this trend.

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“Now we have to ask everyone to help us, thank you to those who won us this reprieve.

“We are looking at the barrel of a gun, it is a battle to prove that we can do it, to save the economy and the jobs. “

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Police at 10pm curfew are trying to move the Revelers to Newcastle tonight (Wednesday) even as TESTS positive for COVID-19 have increased in the city and Public Health England has declared Newcastle the number one hotspot for Covid- 19 in UK

Newcastle Police enforce the 10pm curfew across the UK in pubs and bars (Photo: North News)

It comes after bars and pubs in Lancashire were forced to close today as the North West County was moved to level three.

Previously, only the region of the city of Liverpool had been placed under the most severe Covid alert level.

Lancashire residents will be informed that they can no longer socialize with other households indoors or outdoors, while hundreds of hospitality businesses will close.

Casinos, bingo halls, bookies, betting shops, soft play areas and adult gaming centers will also be forced to close.

Greater Manchester reportedly refused to move to tier three unless the government gave them more money.

10 p.m. Revelers curfew in Newcastle tonight (Wednesday) even though positive TESTS for COVID-19 have increased in the city and Public Health England has declared Newcastle the No.1 point for Covid-19 in the UK,

Toon revelers wear masks for protection (Photo: North News)

A waiter wearing a face mask or blanket due to the COVID-19 pandemic, transports drinks to customers to outdoor tables at a restaurant in Newcastle, north-east England, on September 29, 2020, after stricter restrictions have been put in place to help mitigate the spread. of COVID-19.

Northeast leaders have warned Level 3 restrictions will have a “devastating” economic impact (Photo: AFP / Getty Images)

But at a press conference in Downing Street tonight, Boris Johnson warned he would “step in” if a deal is not reached soon with tube mayor Andy Burnham.

In a joint statement, leaders of Greater Manchester, North Tyne and the Liverpool City region said the government’s new “local leave” program does not go far enough.

They said: “Paying two-thirds of wages will not be enough to protect the jobs of thousands of people.”

Executives said it should at least match the 80% available under the previous holiday program.

Arguing that a supplement for those on universal credit is “not the solution,” they added, “It doesn’t help everyone and takes weeks to materialize. This will not prevent serious hardship for thousands of low paid workers before Christmas ”.

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