Coronavirus UK news – Millions face new lockdown 'TOMORROW' with London declared Tier 2 amid chilling 'long covid' fears

MILLIONS of Brits face a new coronavirus lockdown tomorrow with London expected to be placed under 'Tier 2' restrictions.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, briefed the capital's health chiefs about the city moving into the 'high risk' covid category following a meeting with the Joint Biosecurity Centre yesterday.

The move would see nine million people banned from mixing with other households indoors, including in pubs and restaurants.

The news come as a new scientific review warned that so called 'long covid' may actually be four different syndromes triggered by the virus.

Declaring the illness "life changing" the National Institute for Health Research report warns that thousands of Brits could be living with permanent organ damage to the lungs and heart, post-intensive-care syndrome, post-viral fatigue syndrome and continuing Covid-19 symptoms.

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  • Joseph Gamp


    One thousand workers at the Bernard Matthews factory which is getting ready for the Christmas turkey rush are to be tested for coronavirus.

    So far, 72 positive cases have been identified among staff who live in Suffolk and Norfolk and who work at the factory in Holton, near Halesworth, with 13 employees currently self-isolating at home.

    But now, Public Health Suffolk has announced that 1,000 employees will be tested to identify asymptomatic staff who are currently not showing signs of having Covid-19 but could unwittingly be spreading the virus.

    Swab samples will be sent to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for testing.

  • Joseph Gamp


    A pub has changed its name to protest against the government's handling of coronavirus.

    An image of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and Dominic Cummings has been featured on a sign outside the re-branded The James Anderson Pub.

    The pub – located in New Brighton in the Wirral, has now been renamed as 'The Three B***ends'.

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    The Tory leader of Bolton Council has said he is “absolutely disgusted” that Sir Keir Starmer “misrepresented” him in the Commons by claiming he supported a circuit-breaker to control coronavirus.

    David Greenhalgh said it was “absolutely untrue” that he backed the proposal for a short nationwide lockdown – which Labour is calling for – and demanded an apology from the opposition leader.

    Sir Keir made the comments during Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons on Wednesday.

    He said: “(Boris Johnson) probably hasn't noticed that this morning, the council leaders in Greater Manchester that he's just quoted, including the mayor and including the Conservative leader of Bolton Council, have said in a press statement that they support a circuit-break above Tier 3 restrictions. Keep up Prime Minister.”

    Mr Greenhalgh was among Greater Manchester leaders to sign a statement on the new coronavirus three-tier system, which included a line saying “a number of leaders” in the region supported a national circuit-break.

  • John Hall


    Ryanair has announced it will further reduce its operations for a five month period due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

    The budget airline said its capacity between November and March will be 40% of what it was 12 months earlier, compared with the 60% it previously planned.

    The firm said it expects to fill 70% of seats on its planes.

    It will close its bases in Cork and Shannon, both in Ireland, and Toulouse in France during the five-month period.

  • John Hall


    12 of the capital's boroughs have breached the threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 people.

    The London mayor said earlier this week it is inevitable that the capital will hit the “trigger point” and be given tougher rules in “the next few days”.

    Richmond upon Thames (140.4), Hackney and City of London (133.1) and Ealing (132.5) had the highest daily new cases per 100,000 people in the week to October 8, according to the latest Government figures.

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  • John Hall


    London's nine million residents are poised to be plunged in to the Tier 2 level of restriction today – placing it on the 'High' alert level.

    A final decision will be made by the Prime Minister and his top Covid Operations committee today.

    But last night government insiders said it was “very likely” the capital would face the tougher restrictions.

    Pubs, bars and restaurants would stay open but punters would only be allowed to dine or drink with members of their own household or support bubble.

    Different households would only be allowed to meet outdoors under the restrictions, which are likely to be in force by the weekend.

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  • John Hall


    The NHS is paying outside consultants up to £7,000 a day to work on the Test and Trace programme.

    The weekly rate is more than the annual salary of a nurse.

    Some Boston Consulting Group executives helping to get the UK’s £12billion app system up and running are earning the equivalent of £1.5million a year.

    Nurses earn only about £33,000 a year.

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  • John Hall


    Hundreds of under-65s have died from heart attacks and strokes after following stay-at-home guidance during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Deaths have soared by nearly 800 from March to July, with even the desperately ill missing out on medical help because of Covid-19 guidelines.

    Experts have slammed the government's stay-at-home rules and warn the onset of winter will see the death toll continue to rise.

    Officials revealed that nearly 2,800 died from heart attack and strokes – an increase of 420 compared to last year.

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