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Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on Wednesday

Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on Wednesday

Britain's opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer called yesterday for a two to three week "circuit breaker" lockdown, piling pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is struggling to sell his own plan to tackle Covid-19.

These were the details of the news Boris Johnson says no to United Kingdom coronavirus lockdown despite Sir Keir. for this day. "Ignoring these facts is why we are in Tier 3 measures".

Dr Gabriel Scally agreed with SAGE and said it was very "unusual" for a government that says it is following the science not to follow the science when it comes to a short national lockdown.

He said of Johnson amid a second surge of COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions: "There's no longer time to give this prime minister the benefit of the doubt".

"That's the cost of rejecting the advice", Sir Keir told Mr Johnson.

The Prime Minister's new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions for England came into effect on Wednesday, but the Liverpool City Region is the only area to be under the toughest rules.

The Prime Minister defended his approach, saying: "The whole point is to seize this moment now to avoid the misery of another national lockdown - into which he wants to go headlong - by delivering a regional solution". One senior Government source said the chances of a circuit breaker were "at least 80 per cent".

"Now is the best time to take a break", says the article co-authored by Graham Medley, a member of the government's Emergency Scientific Advisory Group, and Matt Keeling of the government's Pandemic Modeling Subgroup. But he said lives would undoubtedly be saved through the NHS not becoming overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases and the knock-on impact that would have on other care.

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"The key thing is we would get a decline in cases and similar reductions in hospital admission and mortality", he added.

Northern Ireland has today imposed a four-week circuit breaker lockdown, with pubs and restaurants forced to close as of Friday, although places of worship and gyms are allowed to remain open.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: "We do not take this step lightly".

Pressure on Johnson to take drastic action will be increased by a new research paper seen by the BBC that suggest a two-week circuit breaker at the end of October could halve deaths in the United Kingdom between now and the end of the year.

The UK already has the deadliest outbreak in Europe, with over 43,000 confirmed deaths, and Northern Ireland has the highest infection rate in the UK.

The medium level maintains current national restrictions, the high level will see households banned from mixing indoors, while the third tier involves harsher restrictions including the closure of pubs.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson wrote on Twitter: "These pictures shame our city, attacking our fearless police officers is unacceptable".

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