UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to unveil 3-tier COVID lockdown system

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The UK hotel industry has initiated a legal challenge to prevent the announcement on Monday of new local coronavirus lockdown rules for England, according to Reuters.Driving the news: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was chairing a meeting “to determine the latest interventions” on Monday, but there are plans to include a three-tier alert system to tackle areas where COVID-19 is on the rise, notes the BBC.

  • The Liverpool city region should be placed under level 3 restrictions that would likely see bars and other places closed. Steve Rotheram, mayor of the North West England region, tweeted, “No deal has yet been reached with the government”.
  • Britain’s Night Time Industries Association told Reuters its lawsuit was aimed at ending the toughest measures.
  • “A judicial review would argue that there is no evidence to support that hospitality facilities contributed to the spread” of COVID-19, reports the Financial Times.

The big picture: Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said in a statement on Sunday that “we are at a tipping point similar to where we were in March”.

  • Van-Tam noted that “about 224,000 people have the virus – up from 116,000 last week” and that hospital admissions for COVID-19 are on the rise again, “as are intensive care admissions” .

Although the epidemic has picked up in young adult age groups in recent weeks, there is clear evidence of a gradual spread to older age groups in the most affected areas. Unfortunately, just as night follows day, the increase in deaths will now follow in the coming weeks. ”



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