Coronavirus UK news – Liverpool back in LOCKDOWN as cases spiral out of control, Matt Hancock announces

LIVERPOOL has been placed back in lockdown as cases in the city spiral out of control, Matt Hancock announced today.

Tough new rules on social mixing will be imposed in the city of Liverpool as well as Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough as "cases continue to rise fast", the Health Secretary said today.

Speaking in the Commons, Hancock said "In Liverpool, the number of cases is 268 per 100,000 population, so together we need to act… I'm today extending these measures that have been in the North East since the start of this week.

The new rules include a ban on all social-mixing between people in different households, only visiting care homes in exceptional circumstances and guidance against all but essential travel, although commuting and going to school are considered essential.

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  • Christy Cooney

    GOVERNMENT 'WANTS TO AVOID NATIONAL LOCKDOWN'

    The government hopes to avoid having to introduce another national lockdown, Environment Secretary George Eustice has said.

    The comments come after the announcement of new restrictions in Liverpool, Middlesborough, and other parts of the North.

    Asked about reported concerns that the pandemic could see UK unemployment hit four million, Eustice said: “I’ve not seen any projections of four million but certainly we know that there are some 700,000 extra people that are already unemployed as a result of this.

    “And yes, you know the projections are that there are going to be economic impacts.

    “It’s for precisely that reason that we are trying to avoid full lockdown.”

  • Christy Cooney

    GOVT'S £7MILLION FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES 'NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH', SAYS LIVERPOOL MAYOR

    The government's package of £7million to help local authorities in the North with the impact of new coronavirus restrictions is “nowhere near enough”, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has said.

    The package was announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning alongside new measures to be imposed in the Liverpool city region, Warrington, Hartlepool, and Middlesbrough.

    Speaking to BBC Merseyside, Anderson said: “It's nowhere near enough. £7 million wouldn't be enough for Liverpool alone, let alone across the city region.
    “It's got to be in the hundreds of millions that we need to support businesses to survive just for a matter of weeks.

    “A local lockdown is fine if it helps curtail the virus but there has to be a local furlough financial scheme for local businesses to survive.”

  • Christy Cooney

    'WE WANT RULES IN PLACE FOR AS SHORT A TIME AS POSSIBLE', SAYS HANCOCK

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he wants new restrictions that have been imposed across the north of England to remain in place for as little time as possible.

    Measures announced this morning will apply to Liverpool city region, Warrington, Hartlepool, and Middlesbrough, and will mirror those already in place in parts of the North East.

    Speaking in the Commons, Hancock said: “I understand how much of an imposition this is.

    “I want rules like this to stay in place for as short a time as possible. I'm sure we all do.

    “The more people follow the rules and reduce their social contact, the quicker we can get Liverpool and the North East back on their feet.”

  • Christy Cooney

    HIGHEST WEEKLY CASE COUNT SINCE TEST AND TRACE LAUNCHED

    England has seen the highest number of positive coronavirus tests in one week since the Test and Trace scheme was launched in May.

    A total of 31,373 people were diagnosed in England in the week to September 23, the latest data shows. The figure is an increase of 61 percent on the previous week.

  • Christy Cooney

    'NO MIXING BETWEEN HOUSEHOLDS IN NORTHERN AREAS', SAYS HANCOCK

    New measures imposed in areas across the north of England will include a ban on almost all social mixing between different households, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

    The rules will now apply in the Liverpool city region, Warrington, Hartlepool, and Middlesbrough.

    “We recommend against all social-mixing between people in different households,” Hancock said in a statement to the Commons.

    “We will bring in regulations, as we have in the North East, to prevent in law social mixing between people in different households in all settings except outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality.

    “We recommend that people only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances and there will be guidance against all but essential travel.”

  • Christy Cooney

    STRICTER MEASURES INTRODUCED ACROSS NORTH

    Tighter restrictions on social mixing will be imposed in the Liverpool city region, Warrington, Hartlepool, and Middlesbrough, the government has announced.

    In a statement to the Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Earlier this week we brought in further measures in the North-East, however in parts of Teesside and the North-West of England cases continue to rise fast.

    “In Liverpool, the number of cases is 268 per 100,000 population, so together we need to act.

    “Working with council leaders and the mayors, I'm today extending these measures that have been in the North East since the start of this week to the Liverpool City Region, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.

    “We will provide £7 million to local authorities in these areas to support them with their vital work.”

  • Christy Cooney

    LONDON COULD BE SET FOR SECOND LOCKDOWN

    Ministers are reportedly due to hold discussions next week on whether lockdown measures should be reintroduced in London.

    The news comes amid a rise in the rate of infections in the capital.

    The measures could include a ban on mixing between households, City AM reports.

    Speaking to Sky News today, Environment Secretary George Eustice said the government was hoping to avoid another national lockdown.

  • Christy Cooney

    BOURNEMOUTH POLICE BREAK UP HOUSE PARTY OF 60 STUDENTS

    Police in Bournemouth have broken up a house party involving up to 60 university students.

    Neighbours complained of a “large party” on Cardigan Road in the Winton on Tuesday night.

    The residential area is close to Bournemouth University and is heavily populated with students.

    Officers closed down the event, though did not issue any of the home's occupants with fines.

    A spokesperson for the force said that “evidence will now be reviewed in order to determine further enforcement action” and reminded the public of the “social responsibility to stick with [the] rules to prevent the further spread of coronavirus”.

  • Christy Cooney

    RESTRICTIONS IN NORTH 'SEEM TO BE WORKING', SAYS EXPERT

    Restrictions on movement in the north of England seem to be helping to slow the spread of coronavirus, the leader of a major study has said.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Professor Paul Elliot, director of the REACT study, said: “In the very recent data, and we're talking about people who did swabs last Saturday, it does seem that the rate of increase of the infection may have slowed a bit.

    “That does suggest that perhaps some of the recent announcements and the biggest focus again on people paying attention to the public health message… seems to be beginning to work.”

    The Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) Study is being carried out by Imperial College with the Department of Health and IPSOS Mori, and is the largest programme of its kind in England.

  • Christy Cooney

    MADRID TO GO INTO LOCKDOWN

    Spanish capital Madrid and parts of the surrounding area are to go into lockdown amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

    All but essential journeys into or out of the area, which currently accounts for around one third of all new infections in Spain, will be banned.

    A rule of six on social gatherings, similar to the one currently in place in the UK, will also be imposed.

    Spain has so far seen over 765,000 confirmed cases, the seventh-highest tally in the world, with 5,000- 10,000 people currently testing positive each day.

  • John Hall

    NEW LOCKDOWNS?

    London and Merseyside could be facing local lockdowns to combat the virus as cases soar.

    Health chiefs are set to consider new measures next week if the “rule of six” and 10pm curfew are ineffective.

    This comes as Boris Johnson gave a rare joint coronavirus press conference with Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance tonight – his first in weeks.

    The Prime Minister gave another update on the second wave now gripping Britain as fears grow over even stricter national measures to come.

    He didn't announce further national restrictions, but did address the skyrocketing infection numbers amid fears of a second national lockdown.

  • John Hall

    INDIA NEARS 100,000 DEATHS

    The number of people to have died in India since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is nearing 100,000.

    The country has the second-worst outbreak in the world, with 6.3million cases, placing it behind only the US.

    Its death total currently stands at 98,708 and is rising by over 1,100 per day.

  • John Hall

    OVER 170 CASES AT CORNWALL FACTORY

    More than 170 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at a meat processing plant in Cornwall.

    The cases were identified after 500 staff members at the Pilgrim's Pride food factory in Pool, near Redruth, sought tests because one had received an alert from the track and trace system.

    Officials said the majority of the people diagnosed had not experienced symptoms.

    The firm said that additional safety measures have been put in place and that it monitors its compliance with coronavirus prevention guidelines daily.

  • John Hall

    ROLLS WITH IT

    Rolls-Royce has unveiled plans for a £2 billion investor cash-call and bond sale to raise at least a further £1 billion to bolster its balance sheet in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

    The Derby-based engine maker said the fundraising would help it weather wider economic risks from the pandemic, which has hammered the aerospace industry.

    It comes on top of a major restructuring announced by Rolls in May that will see it axe 9,000 jobs globally in response to the crisis – 3,000 of which will be in the UK.

  • John Hall

    MARATHON MAN

    A dad who contracted coronavirus and then developed complications which left him fearing that he may lose his right leg is preparing to run his 25th consecutive London Marathon.

    Simon Gallo, of Stratford St Andrew in Suffolk, said his Covid-19 symptoms started after he collected his son from university in Oxford in March.

    The 61-year-old salesman said he was “flattened” by the virus and, while his immune system was weakened, he developed a rare skin condition called pyoderma gangrenosum.

    He will wear surgeons’ scrubs for the virtual race on October 4, following one-mile laps around the perimeter of Ipswich Hospital until he has completed the 26.2 mile distance.

  • John Hall

    R WE THERE YET?

    The R rate has dropped to 1.1 in a sign Covid-19 infections are slowing down, a major study has suggested.

    The infection rate appears to have fallen from 1.7 to around 1.1 based on early results from a study by Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori.

    This has been calculated based on tests carried out on more than 80,000 volunteers in England between September 18 and 26, The Daily Mail reported.

    The Imperial study is looking at the levels of infection by testing more than 150,000 participants each month over a two-week period.

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