World News – GB – Leeds News LIVE: M621 closed in both directions due to ‘police-led incident’


Leeds lockdown: The 15 areas with the most new coronavirus cases confirmed last week

M621 closed in both directions between junction 7 and junction 4 due to a police-led incident

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Prime Minister to lead briefing on Covid-19 later, after UK records highest number of daily coronavirus cases since outbreak began

Boris Johnson will be joined at a Downing Street press conference by England Professor Chris Whitty’s chief medical officer and chief science adviser Sir Patrick Vallance in what will be the 100th coronavirus briefing since the pandemic struck the United Kingdom

The last time the three men appeared on the catwalks together was on September 9, when Mr. Johnson described the ‘rule of six’ and urged people to limit their social contact ‘as much as possible’

But three weeks later, the number of cases has risen and The Times reports that a final decision will be made on Wednesday on whether Merseyside will join the North East with tougher lockdowns banning households from mix inside

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson told the Daily Telegraph it was « only a matter of days » before a more severe lockdown was imposed on the city

He said: « For me it is only a matter of time as the virus cannot be controlled in the city with the restrictions we currently have

« If we can take the toughest lockdown measures now, we could stop the increase and start reducing it by the end of October, so that before Christmas we can get a certain normality  »

As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, there had been 7,143 more laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK – the highest daily figure recorded since the outbreak began, although many more tests are being carried out only in the spring

71 more people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 42,072 – although separate figures released by UK statistical agencies show Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate in nearly 57,900 cases

Confirming Tuesday’s press conference, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “The aim is to provide an update on the latest statistics. It’s not because there is a set specific new announcements to make « 

Civic leaders from Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock to call for a change in new lockdown restrictions which they say will further cripple local economies

Civic leaders from across the north have joined forces in an emphatic call for a change in new lockdown restrictions which they say could cripple already struggling local economies

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake and chief executive Tom Riordan have joined forces with their counterparts in Liverpool and Manchester – who are also subject to local lockdowns – to write a powerful letter to the Secretary for Health, Matt Hancock, questioning the effectiveness of the new ‘confusing and contradictory’ restrictions and warning that they could lead cities to ‘fall into a state of decline’

The letter cites disturbing figures which show that city center footfall has been cut in half, with worst-affected areas falling by 70%, along with a 30% reduction in hotel occupancy rates and restaurants and pubs currently affected by a « significant » number of cancellations

Woman arrested after teenager was hit on the head with a ‘blunt object’ yesterday (Sunday)

Specialized therapists and counseling services have called on the government to change restrictions on maternity services amid mental health fears for parents of babies locked up due to loneliness and isolation

Health Minister Helen Whately said the government could not rule out further restrictions if coronavirus infections continued to rise

« We don’t want to impose more restrictions, but of course we keep a constant eye on what’s going on with Covid tariffs and we’ve seen these upward trends in recent weeks, » she said told Sky News

« This is the time when we have an opportunity, we have a choice as a country to take back control

« We have to break these chains of transmission. This is how we are lowering the rates. We have seen them go up in the last two weeks

New local lockdowns, new restrictions and tough new fines for not self-isolating take effect in parts of the UK on Monday

People across England will be legally required to self-isolate from this week if they test positive for the coronavirus or are contacted by the Testing and Traceability Service

If they don’t, they could face further fines ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders or serious offenses, the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC )

People who test positive for Covid-19 will also be fined if they knowingly provide false information about close contacts to the testing and traceability service

DHSC said police would check compliance in high-impact areas and high-risk groups based on « local intelligence »

High-profile and « blatant » non-compliance will be investigated and prosecuted, while action will be taken on « third party » whistleblowing of people who have tested positive but who are not self-insulating, added the DHSC

But low-income people who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will also be eligible for a new pension payment of £ 500 for testing and monitoring, he added.

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World News – GB – Leeds News LIVE: M621 closed in both directions due to ‘police-led incident’



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