CORONAVIRUS cases have surged as another 18,980 people were diagnosed with the deadly bug overnight – and HALF of Brits prepare for tough new lockdown measures.
Another 138 people have also lost their lives to the virus.
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There’s fury in the North today after it was announced that Manchester is to go into the toughest third tier of lockdown restrictions [/caption]
Liverpool was the first place in England to go into tier three[/caption]
In total, 654,644 people in the UK have now been infected with Covid.
It comes as:
- Cops slapped a Liverpool gym owner with a £1,000 fine after he refused to close his business
- A Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph will be shut to the public for the first time in a century over fears coronavirus may spread through crowds
- Consultants are being paid £7,000 a day to work on the NHS Test and Trace programme
- There are curfews in France, bars are shut in Spain and Portugal has declared a ‘state of calamity’ amid a second wave in Europe
- Pub chain Marston’s will slash more than 2,000 jobs after sales were badly hit by lockdown
In English hospitals, 81 more people lost their lives. Casualties were aged between 40 and 99, and all but three – aged between 67 and 86 – had known underlying health conditions.
In Scotland, 1,351 new cases were reported overnight, and 13 people died, while in Wales, 727 positive tests were recorded in 24 hours, while 10 people lost their lives.
Figures for Northern Ireland haven’t yet been announced.
The new tolls were revealed as one in two Brits now face tighter restrictions under Boris Johnson’s new three-tier lockdown system.
The strategy was announced just days ago – but already, millions of people between London and Northumberland are facing tougher laws in tiers two and three.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock added a number of new locations – including the capital – to the second tier today.
Essex, Elmbridge in Surrey, York, Chesterfield, Barrow-in-Furness, north-east Derbyshire and Erewash in east Derbyshire will also move into the second tier.
In total, another 26.7 million people will now be covered by the tier two restrictions.
It means they won’t be able to see loved ones living in different households indoors – whether that’s at home or in a restaurant.
Meanwhile, there’s fury in the north after officials announced Manchester is set to join Liverpool in the toughest third tier.
London is also heading into tier two restrictions from midnight on Friday[/caption]
Matt Hancock announced a series of changes to categorisations of various locations in the Commons this morning[/caption]
Gyms, leisure centres, betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres have to shut their doors – and there’ll be no extra funding from No10.
During a speech in the Commons announcing the new tier two measures, Matt Hancock said: “Responding to this unprecedented pandemic requires difficult choices, some of the most difficult choices any Government has to make in peacetime.
“We make these decisions with a heavy heart with the sole aim to steering our nation through troubled waters.
“Things will get worse before they get better but I know that there are brighter skies and calmer seas ahead.”
England has seen a steep 64 per cent increase in coronavirus cases in just a week.
The latest Test and Trace figures reveal a total of 89,874 new people tested positive for Covid-19 in England in the week to October 7.
It’s the highest weekly number since Test and Trace was launched at the end of May.
Despite surging cases, Mr Johnson this week said a “circuit breaker” lockdown would be a “disaster” as he again slapped down Labour’s demands for a UK-wide shutdown in a fiery PMQs.
The PM lashed out at Sir Keir Starmer for seeing the pandemic as a “good crisis to exploit” as he rejected his calls for a “circuit breaker” shutdown.
“We don’t want to go there, we want a regional approach,” Mr Johnson said.
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“Let’s try to avoid the misery of another national lockdown.”
London mayor Sadiq Khan has also called for a short lockdown – and said the UK “needs action on a national scale”.
But Chancellor Rishi Sunak last night warned that a national lockdown would cause an “economic emergency”.
Boris Johnson is battling calls for a short ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown[/caption]
London’s mayor is among the senior political figures calling for a short lockdown[/caption]