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New 3-tier COVID-19 system announced for England to combat rise in cases

New 3-tier COVID-19 system announced for England to combat rise in cases

Infection rates are highest in the north of England.

Different areas in the country will now be evaluated as on “medium,” “high” or “very high” alert levels, with restrictions imposed depending on the severity of the outbreak. “Medium” areas will face the current national rules in place, which include a ban on social gatherings over six people and a 10 p.m. curfew for bars and pubs, while “very high” alert (tier three) areas will face bars, pubs and gyms being shuttered and bans on household mixing. However, retail stores, schools and universities will remain open.

“We must act to save lives, and the evidence shows that in changing our behavior, in restricting transmission between us, our actions are saving lives,” Johnson said in the House of Commons on Monday. “But we need to go further.”

In recent months, the government has targeted COVID hotspots with local restrictions, but this new system is designed to “simplify and standardize” the rules, Johnson said. The measures will come into force on Wednesday and will be the subject of regular review, he said.

The harshest measures in the U.K. have been imposed in the Liverpool City Region, which is now in the “very high” alert level, meaning bars, pubs and gyms have been ordered to shutter. COVID-19 cases are rising at the highest rates in northern England, according to Public Health England data.

Many northern areas already under restrictions will be placed into the “high” level. Comparatively, the rate of infection

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Northern England mayors call for bigger financial support ahead of new COVID-19 rules

Northern England mayors call for bigger financial support ahead of new COVID-19 rules

LONDON (Reuters) – Leaders of major cities in northern England on Saturday asked for more generous economic support for workers and businesses facing local lockdown, saying the government’s current proposals would wreak economic hardship on their citizens.



a group of people walking on a sidewalk: FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manchester


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FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manchester

British finance minister Rishi Sunak on Friday offered extra help for businesses and people who are forced to stop work during local coronavirus lockdowns.

But Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said that the support package was unacceptable ahead of the expected introduction of new restrictions in large parts of northern England.

He called for an increase to the proposed two-thirds of wages for furloughed workers, while government needed to recognise a broader array of businesses that would be impacted.

To accept the package would be “to surrender our residents to hardship in the run up to Christmas, and our businesses to potential failure or collapse,” Burnham told reporters.

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Burnham said that he and other mayors were writing to lawmakers to call for a vote on the package, with a view to getting it rejected and replacing it with new support measures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a statement to parliament on Monday about potential new lockdown restrictions, after lawmakers have been handed more say over COVID-19 rules.

“The rising incidence in parts of the country mean that it is very likely that certain local areas will face further restrictions,” Edward Lister, a senior aide to the prime minister, said in a letter to lawmakers on Friday.

An Office for National Statistics survey

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Mayors in northern England call for greater financial support

Mayors in northern England call for greater financial support

Mayors in Northern England have asked MPs across the region to force the government to improve the financial support offered to people and businesses hit by local lockdown measures and prevent tens of thousands of job losses.

With the government set to announce on Monday that many hospitality businesses in Merseyside, and possibly elsewhere, must shut on Wednesday, the four Labour metro mayors in the region have written to the 158 MPs.

Paying people just 66 per cent of their salary to stay at home and offering small grants to businesses is not enough, the mayors said.

“To accept this package would be to surrender our residents to hardship in the run-up to Christmas and our businesses to collapse,” Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said.

He said hospitality workers were being treated as “second-class citizens”. 

The mayors want MPs to press for a separate vote on the support package, outlined by chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday.

As well as furlough, it includes cash grants to companies forced to close of up to £3,000 per month payable every two weeks.

They want at least 80 per cent of wages paid — as in the original furlough scheme — and the scheme extended to companies in the supply chain. They also want it to cover self-employed trades such as taxi drivers and security staff. 

Steve Rotheram, mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “You cannot do Covid lockdown in Liverpool City Region and the north on the cheap.”

Since cases are far higher in northern England than southern England, the measures will inflict far more economic damage in places already disadvantaged.

Scotland took measures across its central belt including Glasgow and Edinburgh this week.

The government is negotiating with the mayors about a new three tier system of restrictions to

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Northern England Mayors Call for Bigger Financial Support Ahead of New COVID-19 Rules | World News

Northern England Mayors Call for Bigger Financial Support Ahead of New COVID-19 Rules | World News

LONDON (Reuters) – Leaders of major cities in northern England on Saturday asked for more generous economic support for workers and businesses facing local lockdown, saying the government’s current proposals would wreak economic hardship on their citizens.

British finance minister Rishi Sunak on Friday offered extra help for businesses and people who are forced to stop work during local coronavirus lockdowns.

But Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said that the support package was unacceptable ahead of the expected introduction of new restrictions in large parts of northern England.

He called for an increase to the proposed two-thirds of wages for furloughed workers, while government needed to recognise a broader array of businesses that would be impacted.

To accept the package would be “to surrender our residents to hardship in the run up to Christmas, and our businesses to potential failure or collapse,” Burnham told reporters.

Burnham said that he and other mayors were writing to lawmakers to call for a vote on the package, with a view to getting it rejected and replacing it with new support measures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a statement to parliament on Monday about potential new lockdown restrictions, after lawmakers have been handed more say over COVID-19 rules.

“The rising incidence in parts of the country mean that it is very likely that certain local areas will face further restrictions,” Edward Lister, a senior aide to the prime minister, said in a letter to lawmakers on Friday.

An Office for National Statistics survey on Friday showed that 1% and 0.9% of people in the North East and North West respectively are estimated to have had COVID-19 in the week to Sept 28, compared to an average of 0.4% for England.

Parts of northern England have already been under extra restrictions since last

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Bank of England Warns That Full Brexit Could Be Bumpy for Investors | Investing News

Bank of England Warns That Full Brexit Could Be Bumpy for Investors | Investing News

By Huw Jones and David Milliken

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s full exit from the European Union could be bumpy for investors as banks staff new hubs in the bloc, but there are few threats to wider financial stability, the Bank of England said on Thursday.

Britain left the EU in January and full access to the single market under transition arrangements expires on Dec. 31, with future access for financial services largely to be decided.

The BoE’s Financial Policy Committee said that most risks to stability that could arise from disruption to cross-border business after December have now been mitigated.

“Some market volatility and disruption to financial services, particularly to EU-based clients, could arise,” the FPC said.

Brussels has granted market access for UK clearing houses from January, though only for 18 months.

There are currently 59 trillion pounds of derivative contracts between UK clearers and their members in the bloc, 48 trillion pounds of which is due to expire after December, the FPC said.

Banks and insurers that have used London as an EU gateway have set up new or expanded existing hubs in the bloc.

“Financial institutions were continuing to make preparations and engage with clients and customers to minimise any disruption and it was important that they continue to do so,” the FPC said.

On average, over two-thirds of clients of UK-based banks have now completed the necessary documentation to enter into derivative trades with the EU entities, the FPC said.

Insurance companies in Britain have restructured their business in order to service the vast majority of their 60 billion pounds of EU liabilities, it said.

“The number of clients actively trading in the new entities is materially lower. Some operational risks therefore remain, including if many clients seek to migrate to the EU entities in a

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