The UK military is being enlisted to help enforce coronavirus restrictions in level 3 areas as the UK continues to fight the second wave of the pandemic.
Five Army and Navy environmental health workers trained in “outbreak management” were deployed to Liverpool on Friday.
They were tasked with identifying clusters of local infections, helping to control outbreaks and taking action against companies that do not follow Covid-19 rules.
It is believed that other teams will be moved to other high-risk areas in the coming weeks.
The move comes after the UK recorded 23,012 new infections and 174 more deaths in the past 24 hours.
In the news of the coronavirus today:
- Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland, which have resulted in the closure of pubs and restaurants in the central belt and an indoor 6pm curfew elsewhere, must be extended until November 2;
- One in 20 people with Covid-19 still suffers from symptoms eight weeks later, while one in 50 struggles after three months, according to King’s College London study;
- Gyms in Merseyside may reopen after a U-turn after being included in the Liverpool City area’s Level 3 restrictions;
- Science advisers have been warned that the coronavirus is mutating and could become more infectious, SAGE articles say;
- Only one in ten stays home for two weeks after being asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, Sage documents reveal;
- Warrington will enter a level three lockdown two days earlier as the infection rate remains “stubbornly high”.
The UK military is being drafted to help enforce coronavirus restrictions in level 3 areas as the UK continues to tackle the second wave of the pandemic (stock image)
The Mechanism for Military Assistance to Civilian Authorities (MACA) enables the government, as well as local authorities, to formally request assistance from the armed forces.
The armed forces were carrying out 32 MACA tasks on Friday, according to The Telegraph.
Lt. Gen. Tyrone Urch, UK Permanent Joint Commander, told the publication: ‘We are all extremely proud to be able to support this national effort and stand ready to respond to any requests for additional support throughout the winter period. “
Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire, Lancashire and the region of Liverpool City are the areas of the UK currently subject to Level 3 restrictions.
It was announced earlier today that the town of Warrington, sandwiched between Liverpool and Manchester, will also enter a Level 3 lockdown 48 hours earlier than expected, with further restrictions coming on Tuesday.
The measures, which will align it with the two cities sitting on either side, were brought forward after talks between the government and the council, which Chief Russ Bowden said was “the necessary and proportionate thing to do.”
It comes as discussions between Westminster and Nottingham civic leaders over possible Level 3 restrictions continued yesterday.
The average number of formal requests for military assistance received per year between 2016 and 2019 was 130.
But so far, in 2020, the Defense Ministry has received 316, 258 of which are specifically linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
MailOnline has contacted the Department of Defense for comment.
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR THE DIFFERENT THIRD PARTIES FOR LOCKING?
Tier 1 restrictions mirror those already in place across England.
These include the rule of six, a 10 p.m. curfew, group sport to be played outdoors only, and a maximum of 15 guests at wedding ceremonies.
Level two restrictions mean that people are prohibited from socializing with anyone outside of their home or supporting the bubble in any indoor environment
Two households may be allowed to meet in a private garden and outdoor public spaces, provided the rule of six and social distancing are respected.
Trades people – such as plumbers and electricians – can continue to work in a home.
Restaurants can open, but only until 10 p.m.
Pubs and bars will have to close unless they are also functioning as a restaurant.
This definition extends to pubs that sell “substantial” meals, which, like restaurants, will be allowed to remain open but will only serve alcohol to people eating a meal.
Locals are advised to leave their area only for essential travel such as work, education or health, and should return before the end of the day.
Overnight stays by people outside these “high risk” areas are also prohibited. Households are not allowed to mix either indoors or outdoors.
British BLEAK in midwinter: UK registers 23,012 more Covid cases – 2,482 more than yesterday – as ‘Professor Lockdown’ warns ‘people will catch the virus and die’ if they are allowed to mingle on Christmas day
By Katie Weston For Mail Online
Britain has recorded 23,012 more Covid-19 cases, up 2,482 from yesterday, as Professor Neil Ferguson warns people ‘will catch the virus and die’ if they are allowed to mix during the day of Christmas.
There were 174 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, up from 224 on Friday, including 33 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 141 deaths in England.
Meanwhile, Professor Ferguson, whose modeling led to the initial lockdown in March, said earlier today that schools may have to be closed to older students if restrictions on mixing households fail to stem the rise in infections, and that this will be a “political judgment”. as to whether the regulations are relaxed during the holiday season.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “It risks some transmission and it will have consequences. Some people will die because they were infected that day.
But if it’s only a day or two, the impact will likely be limited. So it’s really a political judgment on the cost versus the benefits.
It follows the prospects of a family Christmas turning into further confusion yesterday, as Downing Street insisted parents can come together – but a minister warned that would not be ‘normal’.
Professor Ferguson added: “This (the household mixing ban) should have a significant effect, but we haven’t been able to see it definitively yet.
“If we go beyond that, there is a limit to what we can do in terms of reducing contact, unless we start targeting, for example, older years in sixth grade schools and colleges where we know that older adolescents are able to pass it into adulthood. .
“Of course, no one wants to start moving to virtual education and close schools, even partially. The challenge may be that we are not able to master the transmission otherwise.
Yesterday the UK announced 20,530 infections and the deaths of 224 people. Last Saturday, the Ministry of Health recorded 150 victims of coronavirus, with 16,171 other cases.
Numbers tend to be lower over the weekend due to a delay in processing lab tests.
Meanwhile, Dr Nick Scriven, former president of the Society for Acute Medicine, warned last night that cancellations would be “inevitable” across large areas of the health service.
He said, “I think it’s unrealistic to expect trusts across the country to meet the optional targets set in the current climate. “
The scientist (above), whose modeling led to the initial lockdown in March, said regulations were relaxed: “Some people will die from infection on this day.”
The NHS trusts in Chesterfield, Northampton, Newcastle and Nottingham confirmed yesterday that they were postponing at least one non-emergency activity, while Rotherham, Liverpool, Bradford and Plymouth announced similar actions last week.
Dr Rob Harwood, chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) Hospital Consultants’ Board, said the trusts will have “no choice” but to limit the treatments provided for patients.
He told the Guardian: “As winter approaches, it is likely that many trusts will have no choice but to continue restricting their elective care services, which is of tremendous concern to staff and patients, as the backlog increases and health conditions potentially worsen. “
Speaking on the canceled surgeries, Dr Nick Scriven, former president of the Society for Acute Medicine and medical consultant, added: “I think this is going to be inevitable in large areas of the health service as the pandemic and the winter coincides.
“We know that the number of beds is low compared to other countries and that with the necessary infection control processes, the ‘functioning’ of what we have is slowed down in all areas.