New local lockdown rules in England to be unveiled

New local lockdown rules in England to be unveiled
Talks between the government in Westminster and local leaders elsewhere in England continue. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: New local lockdown rules to contain coronavirus for England are due to be announced later.

Under a new “three-tier” system, The Liverpool City Region is expected to face the tightest restrictions. The new system will classify regions as being at a “medium,” “high” or “very high” level of alert.

But the city region’s mayor, Steve Rotheram said “no deal has been agreed”.

Talks between the government in Westminster and local leaders elsewhere in England continue.

Liverpool recorded 600 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the week ending 6 October. The average for England was 74.

The Liverpool City Region includes the local authority districts of Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton, and Wirral, as well as Liverpool.

On Monday, more clarity on restrictions is expected, with new curbs to be reviewed after a month.

BBC reported that Monday’s lockdown rules announcement would mark “a distinct new phase in how the pandemic is managed in England”.

Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minsiter, will chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee on Monday “to determine the final interventions”.

He will then announce the changes in the House of Commons, before speaking at a Downing Street press conference in the evening.

Mr Johnson is expected to be joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and England’s Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty.

Mr Rotherham said in a tweet that the government has “been clear from the start” that it plans to place the Liverpool City Region in that category.

He said: “Whilst we have asked for the evidence to support the decision, none has been forthcoming.”

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