The study found that the virus’ reproduction ‘R’ rate – the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects – was 1.6 across England in the most recent week, compared to 1.16 in the previous round. The R is thought to be hovering between 1 and 1.5 in the north and greater than two in […]
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has repeatedly emphasised the seriousness of the rise in infections over recent days and said the change in Covid alert level “reflects the significant shift in the current threat posed by coronavirus”. He added: “This country now faces a tipping point in its response and it is vital everybody plays […]
I live in Manchester – can I go and visit my sister in London? No. Manchester is now in the strictest level of lockdown – and all travel in and out of the area is strongly discouraged, unless it’s for some very important reasons.
“But do I think right now it is appropriate to insist on similar hard measures in, for example, south-west England or Kent, where levels of disease are really very, very much lower than in the North of England?
You can’t meet socially with anybody who is not part of your household, or support bubble, indoors Those outside the county should avoid entering it, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey People should try to avoid travelling outside South Yorkshire due to […]
‘However, I want to be very clear that this has been a borderline decision and it is one that we require to keep under review – not just weekly, but on a daily basis.’
Northern areas with tighter restrictions – such as bans on socialising or tougher rules on travelling and going out to eat or drink – have seen their R rates fall because people do not come into contact with one another as much as they do in other areas. Although southern regions have higher R rates, […]
Women’s rights groups expressed fury at the decision, slamming it as “a war against women”. The protests have since turned into a wider fightback against the government which is being accused of chipping away at the rights of women and minorities. Some women opposed to the ruling have organized a “strike” and will be expected […]
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Britain’s second wave was triggered by the virus spreading among teenagers and people in their 20s in early September, when universities and schools went back, and those groups are far less likely to die, meaning there may be a higher ratio of infections to deaths and the 31,000-per-day could be an underestimate.