UK News Brandon Lewis self-isolates after covid-19 contact
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Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone carrying Covid-19.
The secretary of state for Northern Ireland and MP for Great Yarmouth, 49, announced the news on Twitter this afternoon.
He tweeted: 'I have been informed that I have recently come into contact with someone who has since tested positive for coronavirus.
'While I do not currently have any symptoms, I am now self-isolating in line with Government guidance.'
On Sunday Lewis appeared on BBC One's Andrew Marr show - which appeared to have been filmed in BBC's New Broadcasting House, London - although his movements in the days since are unknown.
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On the show he defended the government's decision not to fund temporarily free school meals over school holidays.
He also said the government had been considering 'narrowing' the government guidance surrounding the self-isolation period, potentially cutting it from 14 to 7 days - it currently stands at 14 days.
When questioned why some of the most vulnerable families in Britain are not being supported with £20m a week free meals, Lewis said that £63 million had been given to local authorities 'because they understand what they need to do to make sure that those most in need can get the help that they need'.
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Andy Burnham says he will keep to the law and "accept" Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions for Greater Manchester if the government imposes them. The region's mayor told Sky News it was ministers' "prerogative" to announce the measures, if negotiations over the next few hours end in stalemate.
He added: 'We all want to see child hunger and child poverty fall.'
Lewis joins a long list of ministers who have spent time in isolation after being exposed to the virus.
Senior figures to have caught the virus include; Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief Adviser to the PM Dominic Cummings.
And almost all of the cabinet have spent time self-isolating due to the virus, including Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Priti Patel, Secretary of State for the Home Department.
Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer and Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defence, had shown symptoms but were not tested - to public knowledge.
Chancellor set to unveil more support for businesses in Tier 2 areas
Businesses in parts of England under Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions will get further financial support in a package unveiled by the chancellor today, according to reports. Rishi Sunak will announce the new measures - aimed particularly at pubs, bars and restaurants - in the Commons later, according to The Daily Telegraph.Currently, hospitality premises in "high risk" areas such as London and Birmingham are only allowed to take customers from the same household, unless mixed groups sit outside, resulting in a considerable drop in footfall.
MPs to have caught covid include Nadine Dorries, who caught the virus in March, Chris Matheson, a shadow culture minister and MP for the City of Chester, and Bolton Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi who was recently discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for the virus.
Earlier this month MP Margaret Ferrier had the SNP whip withdrawn after travelling from parliament while awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test.
The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP was stripped of the nationalist party's whip and faces mounting calls to resign her £80,000-per-year job after an 800-mile round trip between her constituency and London.
'Critical stage' with 96,000 a day getting COVID as tougher action needed, experts say .
The COVID-19 epidemic has reached a "critical stage" with almost 100,000 people a day in England being infected as the spread of the coronavirus rapidly increases, scientists have warned. Researchers from Imperial College London say existing measures to control the virus aren't working.And they argue more stringent action is needed nationwide "sooner rather than later".The latest round of testing for the widely-respected REACT-1 study suggests one in 78 people across England has the virus. And the epidemic is doubling in size every nine days.