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Coronavirus news: Northern leaders attack new lockdown plans for lack of clarity amid pub closure fears

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Leaders in northern England have attacked the government for its much-leaked plan to impose new lockdown restrictions in the region because of a lack of detail.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said Boris Johnson had “lost the dressing room” through his poor communication. Earlier he tweeted he had learned of the plans in the press rather than an official briefing by ministers.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers could be ordered to shut again in some parts of the country, according to reports. There could also be a ban on overnight stays away from home in some areas, according to the BBC. It comes as hospitals face being overwhelmed as coronavirus infections continue to soar in places such as Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Dire warnings came thick and fast on Thursday. Matt Hancock said the situation was “perilous", with hospital admissions doubling every fortnight - including among people aged 60 and over. Deaths were also rising, he said.

At the same time, people waiting for routine surgery may see their operations pushed back still further if intensive care units fill up with Covid-19 patients, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine said as they urged the public to stick with social distancing rules.

Also, worrying news from the Test and Trace service, which failed to reach more than 30 per cent of close contacts of people who tested positive for the coronavirus in England in its latest round of figures - the worst yet.

In the US, there was much wrangling over whether and if another presidential debate would take place between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and whether it would be virtual or in-person.

Mr Trump plans to return to the campaign trail on Friday - but virtually, through the medium of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s programme.

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Good morning, thank you for joining us for today’s coronavirus live blog. 

We’ll be keeping you up to date with the latest news and statistics as the government looks set to announce new lockdown restrictions for parts of England next week.

Chiara Giordano8 October 2020 07:47
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Pubs and restaurants in North to close again

It looks like there will be another hard blow to the hospitality industry in parts of northern England as the government is reportedly poised to order pubs and restaurants to close again.

The much-talked-about three-tier system is also rumoured to be on the horizon for the rest of the country, with places such as Merseyside, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle likely to fall into the highest category.

Pubs and restaurants could close again in parts of England from Monday

Three-tier system could be introduced next week to simplify lockdowns

Chiara Giordano8 October 2020 07:51
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Jenrick refuses to confirm pub closures

And so the plot thickens, with housing secretary Robert Jenrick refusing to confirm whether pubs and restaurants in parts of northern England will be forced to close again.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said it “was not sensible” for him to speculate about the possible measures, despite being repeatedly asked.  

Although he did tell the programme: "It is correct to say the number of cases in the North West and the North East and a number of cities, particularly in the Midlands like Nottingham, are rising fast and that is a serious situation.  

"We are currently considering what steps we should take, obviously taking the advice of our scientific and medical advisers, and a decision will be made shortly.”

Chiara Giordano8 October 2020 08:09
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UK at ‘tipping point’

A health expert has warned the UK is at a “tipping point”, while the variation in lockdown rules are “difficult” and “confusing” for people.  

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard stressed she was not “scaremongering” in an interview with BBC Breakfast as she pleaded with the public to follow the rules in local lockdown areas ahead of a “difficult winter”. 

Chiara Giordano8 October 2020 08:25
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Pandemic inquiry

Number 10 is to come under the spotlight as two former Tory cabinet ministers have launched an inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic.  

Greg Clark, chair of the Commons science and technology committee and Jeremy Hunt, chair of the health committee, said “important lessons need to be learned” to help inform decisions through the next phase of the crisis as infections soar once again.  

They hope to put together a joint report by spring. 

Coronavirus: Two former Tory cabinet ministers launch parliamentary inquiry into government’s handling of pandemic

Chairs of Commons science and health committees warn PM’s promised independent inquiry will come ‘too late’ for the months ahead

Chiara Giordano8 October 2020 08:44
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If you’re just joining us this morning or are in a hurry, this round-up of key coronavirus news pulled together by my colleague Kate Ng is handy for catching up:

Coronavirus news you may have missed overnight

Covid-19 continues to spread as government considers further restrictions

Chiara Giordano8 October 2020 09:07
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Shadow business minister Lucy Powell, who represents Manchester Central, has responded to the news that pubs and restaurants in northern England could be closed from Monday

Chiara Giordano8 October 2020 09:41
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Coronavirus killing three times more people than flu and pneumonia combined

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that Covid-19 was the underlying cause in over 48,000 deaths, three times as many deaths than those caused by flu and pneumonia between January and August.

Our Health Correspondent, Shaun Lintern, reports on the new data:

Coronavirus killing three times more people than flu and pneumonia combined

The Office for National Statistics said Covid-19 was the underlying cause in more than 48,000 deaths

Kate Ng8 October 2020 10:12
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What are the figures from the ONS?

January 2020 saw the highest numbers of deaths due to flu and pneumonia, but these numbers were below the five-year average in all months from January to August, says the ONS.

Covid-19 mortality rates skyrocket for all age groups compared to influenza and pneumonia.

The picture worsens in care homes, where the proportion of deaths due to Covid-19 nearly doubled compared to those due to flu and pneumonia.

Kate Ng8 October 2020 10:20
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Donald Trumps thanks Boris Johnson for support through his Covid-19 experience

The US president has sung his praises for prime minister Boris Johnson, thanking him for the “friendship and support” he received during his recent infection with coronavirus.

Donald Trump said in a tweet, in which he referred to Covid-19 as “the China virus”, that he was looking forward to working with Mr Johnson for “many years to come”, reports Harry Cockburn.

Trump thanks Boris Johnson for support throughout his bout of ‘China virus’

US president hails UK prime minister as ‘great guy’, during recovery from coronavirus infection

Kate Ng8 October 2020 10:40

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