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World England's three-tier system comes into force, but PM warned measures don't go far enough

10:45  14 october  2020
10:45  14 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Tougher restrictions for London 'inevitable' in 'next few days'

  Tougher restrictions for London 'inevitable' in 'next few days' It is "inevitable" that London will pass a "trigger point" to enter tougher coronavirus restrictions in the "next few days", Sadiq Khan has told Sky News. © Imagebridge The capital is currently in Tier 1 of the government's three-tier system of restrictions "All the indicators I have, hospital admissions, ICU occupancy, the numbers of older people with cases, the prevalence of the disease, the positivity are all going the wrong direction," the London mayor said.

The new three - tier system of Covid-19 restrictions has begun in England . Most of the country is in the lowest Hours before the top tier rules came into force in Liverpool, police were forced to. Further restrictions may be agreed for particular regions in the top tier and in the Liverpool City Region gyms

'If England returns to the same application of the tiering system in place before November 5, then Tier One doesn' t look like it does it. This gives you idea sorts of measures needed in future after lockdown Ministers abandoned the three - tier scheme, which only came into force on October 14

England's new three-tier system for localised coronavirus restrictions has come into force today - but the prime minister is already under growing pressure to take even further action.

From midnight, the country was split into three COVID-19 alert levels - "medium", "high" and "very high".

Liverpool City Region is in the top tier, with bars and pubs forced to shut if they cannot operate as restaurants. Residents have also been banned from socialising with other households both indoors and in private gardens.

Three-tier Covid restrictions begin in England

  Three-tier Covid restrictions begin in England Most of the country is in the lowest tier but millions in the North and the Midlands face extra curbs.Most of the country is in the lowest tier - medium - but millions of people in the North and the Midlands face extra curbs on households mixing.

The new tier system came into force when England ' s current lockdown ended in the early hours of And in tier three , people must also not mix with anyone outside their household or support bubble "Let that be the message that goes out from this House. We know through repeat experience what

Three - tier plan: what it means and how it may work. No 10 has warned that the UK is at a “critical juncture” for controlling the spread of Covid as Boris Johnson prepares to lay out Johnson will tell the House of Commons that areas in England will be graded in three tiers as medium, high and very

Last night, videos on social media showed groups of people enjoying a final night out in the city before the new restrictions came into force - with Merseyside Police confirming to Sky News that a "large crowd" had to be dispersed.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to take greater action to slow the spread of COVID-19 © Reuters Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to take greater action to slow the spread of COVID-19

Discussions are going to be held on whether Greater Manchester and Lancashire should be reclassified to also join the top tier of restrictions, amid concern at rising coronavirus infection rates across the North West.

Ahead of those talks, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of "piling the pressure on" without providing an adequate package of economic support.

London to move into Tier 2 lockdown - millions to be banned from mixing indoors

  London to move into Tier 2 lockdown - millions to be banned from mixing indoors London will face Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from Saturday. It means millions in the capital will be banned from meeting people from other households indoors, whether that's in their home or in a pub.Londoners have also been advised to avoid public transport and reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. © Thomson Reuters People walk during the morning rush hour in the Canary Wharf amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London Britain, October 15, 2020.

More from Politics. Coronavirus: England ' s three - tier system comes into force , but PM warned measures don ' t go far enough . Speaking to reporters, he said: "The first reaction of the Brexit steering group was not positive. "Not positive in sense that we don ' t think this is really the safeguard

PM launches the nuclear option he swore to avoid. The UK is not the only country that has seen the This was followed a few weeks later by its tier system where the greatest restrictions would be They had hoped their light touch approach might have been enough to control the spread of the virus while

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He claimed the possible reclassification of the region "risks confusing people" so soon after Greater Manchester was placed in Tier 2 of the new system of localised restrictions.

Mr Johnson saw MPs approve the new three-tier system on Tuesday night, but he was also hit with a dual challenge from both Labour and his own Conservative MPs.

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is now demanding that the prime minister puts England into a two to three-week "circuit breaker" lockdown to coincide with October half-term - with the support of the Liberal Democrats.

This would "break the cycle" of COVID-19 transmission across the country, Sir Keir said.

Late last night, Northern Ireland announced that it plans to impose a "circuit breaker" lockdown for four weeks - with schools set to close for two of them.

Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford has said he is "very actively" considering a "short, sharp intervention" - and Mr Johnson is coming under pressure to consider similar measures in England.

A pedestrian shelters from the rain as she crosses the road with a scooter in east London on October 13, 2020. - Britain's unemployment rate has jumped to 4.5 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues to destroy jobs, official data showed on October 13. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images) A pedestrian shelters from the rain as she crosses the road with a scooter in east London on October 13, 2020. - Britain's unemployment rate has jumped to 4.5 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues to destroy jobs, official data showed on October 13. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Johnson will face Sir Keir in the House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions later, when the Labour leader will likely accuse the government of failing to follow the recommendations of scientists for nationwide action.

Two members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) are due to release a joint paper that suggests thousands of COVID-19 deaths could be avoided before Christmas if a circuit breaker lockdown is imposed over half-term.

Another SAGE member, Sir Jeremy Farrar - director of the Wellcome Trust - described the government's current strategy of enhanced localised measures as the "worst of all worlds" as it offers "the economic damage of more restrictions without the gain of a reduction in transmission".

In a sign of Downing Street's anger at Sir Keir over his call for greater action, a senior government source branded the Labour leader a "shameless opportunist" and accused him of "playing political games in the middle of a global pandemic".

Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer gestures as he leaves the Garden Museum, south London on October 13, 2020, after holding a press conference in response to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson statement on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and the increase in the number of coronavirus cases. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images) Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer gestures as he leaves the Garden Museum, south London on October 13, 2020, after holding a press conference in response to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson statement on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and the increase in the number of coronavirus cases. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

But while the prime minister is now facing a more hostile opposition to his handling of the coronavirus crisis, Mr Johnson has also been delivered a warning shot by his own Tory backbenchers.

A total of 44 Conservative MPs opposed the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants in England in a House of Commons vote on Tuesday night - the biggest Tory rebellion that Mr Johnson has faced since he became prime minister.

The rebel group included Bolton West MP Chris Green, who quit as a junior ministerial aide minutes before the vote.

In his resignation letter to the prime minister, Mr Green said the local lockdown in his constituency had failed and "the attempted cure is worse than the disease".

Mr Johnson had addressed Conservative backbenchers via Zoom before Tuesday's vote.

It was reported that the prime minister used the video call to joke that many people would welcome the "rule of six" for social gatherings as they will be able to avoid their in-laws at Christmas.

"Les Dawson heading up the COVID-19 response was not the 2020 I was expecting," said Labour shadow minister Jess Phillips in her condemnation of Mr Johnson's reported remarks.

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Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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It comes as tougher Covid-19 rules come into force for nearly six million Britons.The prime minister is "hopeful" that "some aspects of our lives" could be "back to normal" by then, he added.

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