UK lockdowns: Wales and Manchester move towards tighter restrictions

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Around six million people in the UK face tougher lockdowns from COVID-19 in the coming days as Wales and Manchester, the country’s third largest city, consider additional restrictions as the outbreak of the new coronavirus is accelerating.The UK recorded 16,982 new daily COVID-19 cases within 24 hours, government data released on Sunday, up from 16,717 the day before.

After a public row with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of attempting to sacrifice the north of England to save jobs in the south, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said said a lockdown could be imposed within days.

“We have to conclude this,” Jenrick said of talks with local leaders, adding that the basis for a deal was there.

Traffic passes a COVID-19 sign posted along the M4 motorway in South East Wales on October 17, 2020 (Geoff Caddick / AFP via Getty Images)

Johnson has threatened to place the area in “Tier 3” – the highest level of restrictions forcing pubs and bars to close and prohibiting different households from mingling inside – against the wishes of local leaders if a deal is struck. not possible.

Jenrick said he hoped a deal could be reached with Manchester executives on Monday, with newspapers reporting tens of millions of pounds being offered to help companies deal with the lockdown measures.

“A delay will only make the situation worse, endanger people’s lives and worsen the long-term economic benefits for the city,” Jenrick told BBC TV.

The decentralized Welsh government is also due to announce on Monday a possible ‘firewall’ of additional measures to control the virus. Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford is due to make a statement.

‘There is a growing consensus we now need to introduce a different set of measures and actions to respond to the virus as it continues to spread faster across Wales during the autumn and winter months. winter ahead, ”a Welsh government spokesperson said.

Jenrick said a brief, full nationwide lockdown was not a ‘sane’ path forward and was not being considered at this time.

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