UK imposes tougher virus measures on Manchester after talks stall

By Andy Bruce and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he would impose tougher lockdown restrictions on the Greater Manchester region in northern England despite failing to reach a deal on funding support with local leaders. Britain - the worst-hit European nation during the COVID-19 pandemic with nearly 44,000 related deaths - is now seeing a second wave of the virus, recording 21,331 new cases and 241 deaths on Tuesday. Johnson is resisting pressure for a second national lockdown, fearful of the disastrous economic effects, and instead pursuing a localised strategy of imposing three tiers of increasingly stringent restrictions in virus hotspots in England.

Reuters October 21, 2020 00:12:21 IST
UK imposes tougher virus measures on Manchester after talks stall

UK imposes tougher virus measures on Manchester after talks stall

By Andy Bruce and William James

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he would impose tougher lockdown restrictions on the Greater Manchester region in northern England despite failing to reach a deal on funding support with local leaders.

Britain - the worst-hit European nation during the COVID-19 pandemic with nearly 44,000 related deaths - is now seeing a second wave of the virus, recording 21,331 new cases and 241 deaths on Tuesday.

Johnson is resisting pressure for a second national lockdown, fearful of the disastrous economic effects, and instead pursuing a localised strategy of imposing three tiers of increasingly stringent restrictions in virus hotspots in England.

The plan has been resisted by leaders in the north, where the worst of the latest outbreaks are concentrated, who say the government isn't providing them with enough financial support to cope with the tightest restrictions.

Johnson unilaterally imposed top tier restrictions - which include the forced closure of pubs which do not serve food and an advisory not to travel in or out of the region - after talks with local leaders about a voluntary move into the tier failed.

"This evening, informed by the data we have just seen, I can announce that Greater Manchester will move to the Very High alert level," Johnson told a news conference.

He said the restrictions would start on Friday and that he regretted the failure of the talks: "we would have a better chance of defeating the virus if we work together."

Earlier, Manchester's Labour mayor Andy Burnham told a news conference that the government had failed to meet the minimum amount needed by the region to protect its poorest, and that it was ministers who had walked away from talks.

"At no point today, were we offered enough to protect the poorest people in our communities through the punishing reality of the winter to come," Burnham said.

(Reporting by Michael Holden, writing by Elizabeth Piper and William James; editing by Stephen Addison and Andy Bruce)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

U.S. job openings rise slightly in September
Business

U.S. job openings rise slightly in September

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job openings increased moderately in September and layoffs appeared to abate, pointing to a gradual labor market recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central bankers seek new role in brave new world
Business

Central bankers seek new role in brave new world

By Balazs Koranyi and Francesco Canepa FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Taking a break from fighting the coronavirus crisis, the world's top central bankers will attempt to resolve the existential questions of their profession this week as they tune into the European Central Bank's annual policy symposium. Having struggled to lift anaemic inflation for years, officials including the heads of the ECB, the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England will attempt to figure out why monetary policy is not working as it used to and what new role they must play in a changed world - be it fighting inequality or climate change.

Asian stocks extend gains as vaccine hopes support global reopening
Business

Asian stocks extend gains as vaccine hopes support global reopening

By Lawrence Delevingne BOSTON (Reuters) - Asian shares rose on Wednesday as hopes for a successful coronavirus vaccine lifted expectations of a swift reopening of the global economy, which would help the region's heavily trade-dependent markets.