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PM warns of more durable restrictions for Manchester until mayor backs down from stand-off | UK | Information

2020-10-17 08:58:44

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The Prime Minister stated “time is of the essence” within the effort to crack down on the virus within the metropolis, with infections hovering every single day.

Turning up the warmth on Mr Burnham for not agreeing to a Tier 3 lockdown, the PM stated additional delays would price lives.

Mr Johnson warned that if there was a continued failure to succeed in an settlement, he’ll take motion on his personal.

His remarks got here because the UK recorded one other 15,650 coronavirus circumstances – whereas 136 extra deaths took the full to 43,429.

Throughout a Downing Avenue press convention, Mr Johnson stated: “On current traits, in simply over two weeks there will likely be extra Covid sufferers in intensive care than on the peak of the primary wave.

“So I urge the mayor to rethink and have interaction constructively. I can not stress sufficient, time is of the essence.

“Every day that passes earlier than motion is taken means extra individuals will go to hospital, extra individuals will find yourself in intensive care and tragically, extra individuals will die.

“After all, if settlement can’t be reached I might want to intervene so as to shield Manchester’s hospitals and save the lives of Manchester’s residents, however our efforts will likely be a lot extra efficient if we work collectively.”

The Prime Minister has turned up the warmth on Andy Burnham for not agreeing to a Tier 3 lockdown (Picture: Getty)

The PM stated he wished to keep away from one other nationwide lockdown “if in any respect doable” amid requires a circuit-breaker – a brief, restricted lockdown – throughout the nation.

He stated he disagreed with individuals who argued in favour of a nationwide lockdown “as an alternative of focused native motion”, including: “Closing companies in Cornwall the place transmission is low won’t reduce transmission in Manchester.”

Mr Johnson stated that whereas he couldn’t “rule something out”, he wished to keep away from a nationwide lockdown due to “the damaging well being, financial and social results it will have”.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the Authorities chief scientific adviser, advised the press convention that it’s higher to go “exhausting and quick” with measures to clamp down on the virus.

“From a purely epidemiological perspective, you will need to go fairly quick on this.

“you will need to just be sure you work exhausting sufficient to get the R [virus reproduction rate] beneath one. The earlier you try this, the extra you get this underneath management,” he stated.

Requested whether or not individuals would die because of the row between Downing Avenue and regional officers about native lockdowns, Sir Patrick stated: “These are horrendously tough selections and there are harms on each side.”

His remarks got here after the Authorities struck a cope with Lancashire to boost it into the hardest lockdown stage.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson stated additional delays would price lives (Picture: Getty)

The North-west England county joins Liverpool within the high bracket; all of the areas’ bars and pubs that don’t serve meals should shut – plus the blending of households indoors and in gardens is banned.

Hundreds of venues have been anticipated to be closed from midnight – though casinos, betting retailers and automotive boot gross sales got one other 48 hours’ grace.

Nevertheless, there was anger in Liverpool that the Merseyside metropolis has been made to shut down its gyms and leisure centres, whereas such venues can keep open in Lancashire. 

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock stated the Authorities had ‘labored intensively’ with native leaders to agree the transfer (Picture: Getty)

The Division of Well being stated there can be a £12million assist package deal in Lancashire in addition to extra money for an financial restoration “job drive” over the following six months.

Native sources claimed the help could possibly be price £30million. Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson hit out on the totally different guidelines: “Liverpool Metropolis Area has demanded rapid clarification on why Lancashire gyms are allowed to remain open and Liverpool’s shut,” he stated.

Well being Secretary Matt Hancock stated the Authorities had “labored intensively with native leaders” to agree the transfer. He added an “unrelenting rise in circumstances” in Lancashire meant “we should act now”.

Round 1.5 million individuals, together with in Blackpool, Burnley, Preston, Blackburn, and Lancaster, will likely be affected by the transfer to Tier 3 guidelines.



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