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World UK at critical point in COVID pandemic, top medical adviser says

01:27  21 september  2020
01:27  21 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Lancashire expected to be placed under tighter lockdown measures

  Lancashire expected to be placed under tighter lockdown measures Lancashire is to be the latest part of the UK to face strict coronavirus lockdown rules - with drastic new curbs being introduced this weekend, Sky News understands. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told senior MPs from the county that he will announce the clampdown in the morning and the rules will come into force on Saturday.The coronavirus restrictions, similar to those being introduced in North East England, will cover the whole of Lancashire with the exception of two thirds of the seaside resort of Blackpool.

The UK is at a " critical point " in the coronavirus pandemic and "heading in the wrong direction", the government's chief medical adviser will warn. Prof Chris Whitty believes the country is facing a "very challenging winter period" and is to hold a televised briefing at 11:00 BST. It comes after the prime

Britain is at a critical point in the COVID -19 pandemic and faces a very challenging winter, one of the government's top medical advisers will warn at a public briefing on Monday. Cases in Britain are on the increase in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled a second wave of the virus, with large

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty is seen outside Downing Street in London © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty is seen outside Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is at a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic and faces a very challenging winter, one of the government's top medical advisers will warn at a public briefing on Monday.

Cases in Britain are on the increase in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled a second wave of the virus, with large areas of the country subject to restrictions on social freedom and London expected to be next in line.

New local lockdown rules announced in parts of North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire

  New local lockdown rules announced in parts of North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire Parts of the North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands have been placed under further localised coronavirus restrictions. The new measures, prompted by a fast rise in COVID-19 cases, have been confirmed by the Department for Health following consultation with local councils and MPs.

Britain is at a critical point in the COVID -19 pandemic and faces a very challenging winter, one of the government's top medical "The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic ," England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is expected to say in

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is at a critical point in the COVID -19 pandemic and faces a very challenging winter, one of the "The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic ," England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is expected to say in

"The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic," England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is expected to say in an address set for 1000 GMT on Monday.

"We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period."

More than 40,000 people in Britain have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March, the highest number in Europe.

New cases fell rapidly due to an unprecedented three-month national lockdown, but have risen as the shuttered economy, schools and offices reopened. The government has been heavily criticised for a shortage of testing capacity.

The warning from Whitty is expected to foreshadow a national address by Johnson later in the week, although this has not been confirmed by ministers.

Health minister Matt Hancock on Sunday warned the country was at a tipping point, saying that people must follow rules on self-isolating or face the imposition of further lockdown measures. The government announced large fines for non-compliance.

Hancock has refused to rule out another national lockdown - something which Johnson has said would have disastrous consequences for the economy - and said officials were meeting to decide how best to handle the rising cases in London.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones)

Tory MPs threaten restrictions rebellion as Johnson promises post-COVID jobs revolution .
Boris Johnson is launching a skills revolution to tackle coronavirus job losses, while battling against a Tory backlash over further COVID-19 restrictions. In a move aimed at creating a jobs recovery, the prime minister plans to expand post-18 education and training to help people made redundant retrain for a new job.Mr Johnson is promising a £2.5 billion Lifetime Skills Guarantee, which he says will give adults without an A-level or equivalent qualification the chance to take a free vocational college course.

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