Coronavirus UK news – Boris Johnson to announce NEW lockdown system TODAY dividing country into 3 covid tiers

BORIS Johnson is to address the nation today announcing a new lockdown system that divides the country into different tiers.

Every area of the UK will be branded either medium, high or very high risk, with the different levels indicating where the strictest lockdown measures will be imposed.

Liverpool is expected to be place in the very high risk category, which will see pubs, gyms and bars all shut down and all but essential travel restricted.

The final details will be phrased out at a Cobra emergency committee meeting this morning before the Prime Minister makes his statement to the public.

You can watch Boris' speech here, live on this page, later today.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    SHADOW MP DEMANDS GOVERNMENT PUBLISH PROOF OF COVID RISK IN PUBS

    Shadow business minister and Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell called on the Government to publish proof that hospitality venues such as pubs were associated with high risk of coronavirus transmissions.

    She tweeted: “Government and scientists still haven't produced this evidence. The big problem for them is local leaders have all the same data (in fact better data for their areas) and they know hospitality settings make up a very small proportion of infection transmission.”

  • John Hall

    VIRUS CAN LIVE ON SURFACES FOR FOUR WEEKS – INCLUDING YOUR PHONE SCREEN

    The virus responsible for Covid-19 can survive for up to four weeks on surfaces including banknotes and mobile phone screens, researchers have claimed.

    Australia's national science agency CSIRO found the virus was “extremely robust” at 20C (68F), or room temperature, and survived for less time at hotter temperatures.

    The research involved drying virus in an artificial mucus on different surfaces, at concentrations similar to those reported in samples from infected patients and then re-isolating the virus over a month.

    The study was also carried out in the dark, as research has demonstrated direct sunlight can rapidly inactivate the virus.

  • John Hall

    'EXHAUSTED' AND 'SCARED' FRONTLINE STAFF FEAR IMPENDING SECOND WAVE OF COVID

    As the number of coronavirus cases in the UK continues to rise, health and care staff say they are stretched, exhausted and scared of what a second wave might bring.

    “It's scary,” said Simon Walls, a clinical lead at Saint Cecilia's Nursing Home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, which lost ten residents in the space of two weeks during the first spike earlier this year.

    One major concern for staff is a lack of reliable testing.

    Those cared for at the home are tested for the virus every 28 days, with staff tested weekly. However, a backlog at the UK's laboratories means Mr Walls has only ever had one Covid test result returned, three weeks after he sent it off.

    In July, Amnesty International revealed the UK has recorded one of the highest Covid-19 health worker death tolls in the world, at more than 540 fatalities.

  • John Hall

    GOVERNMENT WILL RESIST LEGAL CHALLENGES TO CLOSE DOWN PUBS

    Government will resist any legal challenge to close down pubs and restaurants under new coronavirus controls.

    Mr Dowden told Sky News: “I think they will find that if they challenge the Government we do have robust evidence for doing this.

    “The evidence shows that there is a higher risk of transmissions in hospitality settings. There is academic evidence from the United States.”

  • John Hall

    DOWDEN: TOUGH RESTRICTIONS MAY BE NEEDED UNTIL XMAS

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said that tough new coronavirus restrictions may be needed until after Christmas.

    Boris Johnson is due to set out a new three-tier system of controls for England in the Commons later today.

    Mr Dowden told Sky News: “If those measures are successful we hope to be able to take areas out of those high levels of restrictions.

    “The purpose of doing this is to ensure we get the virus under control so by the time that we get through to after Christmas we are in that position where it is under control.

    “Indeed I hope it will be sooner than that.”

  • John Hall

    3 TIER STRATEGY

    Pubs, gyms and casinos will be forced to close and all but essential travel to and from coronavirus hotspots banned under new measures aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spell out his three-tier strategy on Monday with areas in England labelled as medium, high or very high risk, which will inform the “appropriate interventions” needed in each area.

    Merseyside is expected to be among the areas subjected to Tier 3 restrictions – but there is still disagreement about a financial support package for the area should harsh measures be imposed.

  • John Hall

    'EXTREMELY ROBUST'

    The virus responsible for Covid-19 can survive for up to four weeks on surfaces including banknotes and mobile phone screens, researchers have claimed.

    Australia’s national science agency CSIRO found the virus was “extremely robust” at 20C (68F), or room temperature, and survived for less time at hotter temperatures.

    The research involved drying virus in an artificial mucus on different surfaces, at concentrations similar to those reported in samples from infected patients and then re-isolating the virus over a month.

    The study was also carried out in the dark, as research has demonstrated direct sunlight can rapidly inactivate the virus.

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