Johnson 'will need to intervene' in Greater Manchester if no Covid agreement

Lancashire moved to tier three alert level

It was a tumultuous week which saw new coronavirus restrictions introduced in England and a bitter row erupt between Downing Street and northern leaders.

Raab told BBC Breakfast: "We can't have a situation as we have seen in Manchester where Andy Burnham is effectively trying to hold the Government over a barrel over money and politics when actually we need to take action".

More than half of England - in excess of 28 million people - is now under extra coronavirus restrictions, as areas have moved up the new three-tier alert system.

The regions newly affected by the new Level 3 rules are Burnley and Blackburn with Darwin, Blackpool, Chorley, Field, Hindburn, Lancaster, Bendle, Preston, Ripple Valley, Rosendale, South Ripple, West Lancashire and Werre.

Tier 2 measures in London, Essex, York, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield mean people can no longer mix inside with those from other households, including in pubs and restaurants.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson described the coronavirus outbreak in the city as "dangerous".

Later, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson says he had "demanded immediate clarification on why Lancashire gyms are allowed to stay open and Liverpool's close".

"On recent trends, in just over two weeks there will be more COVID patients in intensive care than at the peak of the first wave so I urge the mayor to reconsider and engage constructively".

"I feel like everyone doesn't know what's happening or they're just not taking it seriously enough at the minute". "Each day that passes before action is taken means more people will go to hospital, more people will end up in intensive care and tragically more people will die", Mr Johnson said. He will speak along with his chief scientific adviser and Dr Susan Hopkins.

And when Sky News Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates was asked if people between Downing Street and Manchester leaders would die as a result of sarcasm, he said: "These are terribly hard decisions and there are casualties on both sides, as mentioned earlier".

However, Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said gyms would not close, unlike in Liverpool - the only other area in England now in Tier 3.

The Prime Minister is expected to set out further details on the various lockdown restrictions for the parts of the country, after it was confirmed Lancashire would enter tier three of the regional rules.

He added: "It is for local and national politicians to agree the necessary restrictions to keep us all safe".

'These inconsistencies in restrictions between areas with in the same tier risk undermining the new system from the beginning'.

According to the latest data from the United Kingdom government's Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE) No. p Coronavirus prevalence - increased from 1.2 to 1.5 to 1.3 to 1.5 on average.

This means that for every 10 people who have the virus, they will go on to infect between 13 and 15 others.

A total of 5,311 patients are now being treated for the virus in England, with 644 more admitted to Covid-19 hospital on Friday.



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