Merseyside leaders brand Covid-19 tier system a 'shambles' over inconsistencies

Marco Green
October 16, 2020

What is very high level/Tier 3 lockdown?

Cases have surged in the region that is home to towns such as Burnley, Blackburn, Blackpool and Preston, forcing Lancashire into the very high alert level of Tier 3, along with nearby Liverpool and Merseyside.

Boris Johnson said these new Covid alert levels were being introduced to "avoid the misery of a second lockdown".

Another influential figure said many existing measures are "frankly useless" and will not be enough in places where cases are rising fast.

But Greater Manchester's Mayor Andy Burnham wants to guarantee suitable financial support for businesses in the region before entering into Tier 3 restrictions.

Mr Hancock responded with an appeal to local government leaders to set aside political differences and work with the Government to control the virus.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: "None of us want to spend a day longer that is absolutely necessary under these restrictions and it would be such a tragedy to waste all our hard work and the sacrifices we have made".

His chief medical officer has also cast doubt on whether the tier system will be effective.

He told MPs: "Let us be under no illusions about the danger posed by this virus".

Parts of the United Kingdom are back under tough coronavirus restrictions.

All the changes now mean that millions of people across the United Kingdom are under varying forms of lockdown, as a further 18,980 coronavirus cases and 138 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported across the UK.

"People everywhere need to know and understand what Tier 3 means".

"Delayed action means more deaths from Covid, it means more non-Covid deaths and it means more economic pain later".

Neighbouring county Essex could join the English capital in Tier 2 from this weekend.

On Thursday council leaders signed a joint letter calling for the government to delay further "devastating" coronavirus restrictions.

Londoners will also be told to avoid public transport, while schools, universities and places of worship will remain open as well as offices and business venues.

Tighter restrictions that come into force in the eight new areas on Saturday ban households mixing indoors, limit groups meeting outside to six, and advise against non-essential travel.

But he said there was "little choice" given persistent issues with the government's contact tracing scheme for people who have tested positive.

This is the lowest weekly percentage since Test and Trace began, and is down from 69.5% the previous week.

Earlier in the week, most of the country was on medium alert in Tier 1, which means subject to the national restrictions now in force, including the rule of six on indoor and outdoor gatherings and 10 pm closing time for pubs, bars and restaurants.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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