UK News Six areas added to England's coronavirus watchlist
UK to impose tougher COVID-19 measures amid case spike
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce new restrictions on social interactions Tuesday as the government tries to slow the spread of COVID-19 before it spirals out of control. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove told Sky News that pubs and restaurants across England will be ordered to close at 10 p.m. and people who can work from home will be encouraged to do so, reversing a government drive to get people back to their offices and other places of employment.Gove said reducing “social mixing” was key to slowing the spread of the virus. He said it was impossible to say how long the restrictions would be in place.
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Six areas in England have been added to the coronavirus watchlist and two have been removed.
The places added to the list of "areas of concern" forare:
- Cheshire West and Chester
- Cheshire East
- Wakefield, West Yorkshire
- Rotherham. South Yorkshire
- Luton in Bedfordshire (re-added)
A place on the watchlist means tougher restrictions could be considered soon.
FTSE rebounds despite new coronavirus rules
The FTSE 100 closed 25.17 points lower at 5,829.46 at the end of trading on Tuesday. David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets, said: “The London market gained ground in the wake of the update as the rules weren’t as tough as some originally feared.“The restrictions have more to do with social distancing and health precautions, and the economic impact is unlikely to be as bad as initially thought.“European stocks took a beating yesterday and it seems the bargain hunters have been out in force today.
Spelthorne in Surrey and Hertsmere in Hertfordshire have been removed from the watchlist.
Sheffield, meanwhile, now has a more serious status as an "area of enhanced support" - meaning it will get access to extra resources.
Blaby in Leicestershire has been de-escalated from an "area of enhanced support" to an "area of concern".
This is alongsideLiverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough - announced earlier in the day - that mean different households are banned from mixing in any indoor setting.
The Department of Health says that levels of infection are being constantly monitored and it "is prepared to take immediate action should the epidemiological evidence show that further measures are required".
Dominic Raab admits UK 'could end up in a national lockdown'
Dominic Raab today warned the UK 'could end up in a national lockdown' if Boris Johnson's new coronavirus crackdown fails to get the disease under control. The Foreign Secretary said a second shutdown 'is what we want to avoid' but the nuclear option remains in the Government's 'arsenal' if all else fails. Mr Raab said he hoped 'if everyone plays by the rules' then the nation will be able to go into the Christmas period without a national lockdown being imposed. He also defended the Government's plans to allow the police to ask the Army for help in order to boost Covid-19 enforcement.
"Restrictions will only apply for as long as they are necessary to cut transmission of the virus and protect local communities," it said.
Where areas are added to the watchlist, Public Health England will help communities take action, including with targeted testing of high-risk areas and enhanced messaging around handwashing and social distancing.
The changes come on the same day that the UKcases - a slight fall on the day before.
In other developments, Turkey and Poland have beenfor England, meaning travellers arriving from the 4 October from those countries must self-isolate for 14 days.
The map of Britain's coronavirus rules .
Aside from the standard rules in England, eight different regions have additional restrictions or rules that differ from those in place in England. In total around 16.6m people in the UK are subject to local lockdowns, one quarter of the population.Among the subtle differences are those between different local lockdown areas in England. For example in the North East, residents are legally banned from meeting people from outside their households inside pubs - but are free to do so outdoors.