UK PM Boris Johnson threatens to impose restrictions on Manchester

Henrietta Brewer
October 17, 2020

Large areas of the north London And parts of the southeast are now tougher Covid-19 Rules.

In an open letter, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said that while he is "accountable" to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, he is "operationally independent".

Friday evening. No viewing time Wales Was effective from areas of high infection and Northern Ireland Has entered a tougher lockdown than the rest of the UK.

Earlier Friday, England's northwestern county of Lancashire, home to 1.5 million people, agreed to accept the most severe level of COVID-19 restrictions as the British government warned Friday that it has the authority to impose such measures on high-risk areas that continue to resist.

The new restrictions, which will be reviewed every fortnight, cover all parts of the county, including: Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre.

Later, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson says he had "demanded immediate clarification on why Lancashire gyms are allowed to stay open and Liverpool's close".

Under the rules, bars and pubs are closed unless they can operate as restaurants only, while people are banned from socialising with other households both indoors and in private gardens.

Newly affected areas by the Tier 2 rule are London, Essex, Elambridge, Barrow-in-Furnace, North East Derbyshire, Irrawaddy, Chesterfield and York.

But the prime minister told a Downing Street press conference: 'I can not stress enough: time is of the essence.

"In recent trends, there will be more Kavid patients in intensive care than just the peak of the first wave in just two weeks so I urge the mayor to reconsider and hire constructively".

"I can not stress enough: time is of the essence". And the number of people in hospital has risen sharply since last week.

"Of course, if the deal can't be done, I need to intervene to protect Manchester's hospitals and save the lives of Manchester residents", he said.

"From a purely epidemiological point of view, it is important to go quite fast on this, it's important to make sure that you go hard enough to get the R below 1 and the sooner you do that, the sooner you get this under control".

However, Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said gyms would not close, unlike in Liverpool - the only other area in England now in Tier 3.

Johnson this week introduced a three-tier regional approach to combating the coronavirus pandemic, with each tier bringing in progressively tighter restrictions.

There was more 15,650 new cases have been confirmed Across the country - down from 18,980 on Thursday and 19,724 on Wednesday.

"These inconsistencies in restrictions between areas within the same tier risk undermining the new system from the beginning".

The government has been under fire since Johnson unveiled his strategy on Monday amid revelations that scientific advisers had recommended a short nationwide lockdown, or circuit break, " to slow rapidly rising infection rates.

There has also been a big jump in the total number believed to be infected in England - from an estimated 224,400 to 336,500 in a week.

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