Coronavirus UK news – Your local lockdown tier revealed at 11.30am TODAY as millions await Matt Hancock announcement

THE country's local lockdown tiers will be announced today, revealing what restrictions YOU will be living under for at least the next month.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will make the announcement in Parliament at 11.30am today after the Government set out its Covid-19 “winter plan” earlier this week.

Each area will be placed into one of three tiers when lockdown ends on December 2 – but the system has been toughened from the previous regime, meaning more authorities will move into the higher tiers.

Areas which make progress in slowing the spread of the virus could still be moved down a tier before Christmas, however, with the first review of the allocations due to take place by December 16.

Watch the announcement live by clicking on the video above or follow our coronavirus live blog below for the very latest news, reaction and updates on the lockdown plans…

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WHEN IS THE HEALTH SECRETARY'S SPEECH TODAY?

    Matt Hancock is expected to announce England's tier locations in a Commons statement today, November 26, at 11.30am, according to the Press Association.

    His statement will come after the ONS releases its weekly UK Covid-19 infection survey, and the weekly Test and Trace figures are released by the Department of Health.

    Mr Hancock's statement comes before Nicola Sturgeon gives an update on Christmas guidance in Scotland at the First Minister's Questions, at 12.20pm.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    NEW TIERS ARE RELEASED AT 11:30AM – BUT WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

  • Claudia Aoraha

    PEOPLE ‘WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE’ COMING OUT OF LOCKDOWN

    People will “see a difference” when England's national lockdown ends next week, Rishi Sunak has said, despite an expectation that most of the country will be under Tier 2.

    The Chancellor told Sky News this morning: “Whichever tier you're in I think people will see a tangible change.

    “That said, things are obviously not normal and I can't pretend that next week things are going to feel like they were before the spring.”

    Mr Sunak also confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead a press conference in Downing Street later today.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    LONDON IN TIER 3 WOULD BE A ‘HAMMER BLOW’

    London mayor Sadiq Khan said it would be the “right and sensible decision” for the capital to be placed in Tier 2, as he warned that Tier 3 would be a “hammer blow” to businesses.

    The reimposition of the tier system in England comes as scientists warned easing coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a third wave of the pandemic and another lockdown.

    The Prime Minister urged the public to “think carefully” over the festive period after it was confirmed that three households will be able to form a Christmas “bubble” from December 23 to 27.

  • John Hall

    REGIONAL MAYORS AWAIT THE DECISIONS

    Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram said he hoped the area – which was the first to enter the highest tier last time – would not return to Tier 3 restrictions.

    He said: “The progress we've made since we were put in Tier 3 is remarkable – we've gone from having two areas with infection rates of about 750 per 100k to 180 across the city region.”

    Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said it was “more likely than not” his area would be made subject to Tier 3 restrictions.

    He said although infection numbers in Greater Manchester were still high, the rates were falling.

    Meanwhile, Lancashire's council leaders have submitted a proposal to the Government to divide the county into two different tiers when the lockdown ends next week.

  • John Hall

    HOW THE GOV WILL DECIDE THE TIERS

    The Department of Health said decisions on tier levels would be based on a number of factors, including case detection rates in all age groups and, in particular, amongst the over 60s.

    How quickly case rates are rising or falling will also be taken into account, as will local pressure on the NHS, including current and projected capacity.

    The final decisions will be made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Covid Operations Committee, the Government said.

  • John Hall

    END IN TIERS

    London and Liverpool appear poised to avoid strict Tier 3 restrictions – a day after the UK recorded its highest daily Covid death toll since April.

    England is returning to a beefed up version of local lockdown restrictions once the shutdown ends on December 2.

    Manchester could enter strict Tier 3 measures while it's likely that “very few” areas will enter Tier 1 restrictions.

    The announcement comes after the UK recorded 696 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours – the highest figure since April.

  • John Hall

    POST-LOCKDOWN TIERS ANNOUNCED TODAY

    The Health Secretary is to set out which tier each local authority in England will fall under after the end of the national lockdown.

    Matt Hancock will make the announcement in Parliament today after the Government set out its Covid-19 “winter plan” earlier this week.

    Each area will be placed into one of three tiers when lockdown ends on December 2 – but the system has been toughened from the previous regime, meaning more authorities will move into the higher tiers.

    Areas which make progress in slowing the spread of the virus could still be moved down a tier before Christmas, however, with the first review of the allocations due to take place by December 16.

  • John Hall

    SHOCKING VIDEO

    A SHOCKING video filmed by an intensive care doctor shows what Covid-19 patients see for the last time before death.

    Dr Ken Remy, from Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, created the harrowing video to warn people what could happen if they don’t follow restrictions.

    In the video posted to Facebook and reported by CNN, Dr Remy said: “I hope that the last moments of your life don't look like this.”

  • John Hall

    SECOND WAVE FEARS

    MEET UP with two other households at Christmas – and risk a deadly third coronavirus wave, a Sage expert has blasted.

    Professor Andrew Hayward, an epidemiologist, claims that the limited five days of festivities will be “throwing fuel on the Covid fire”.

    The Scrooge boffin admitted the holiday couldn't be banned but suggested Brits wait until Easter to hug their loved ones.

  • John Hall

    BRITAIN '50/50 TO BE FIRST ON VACCINE

    BRITAIN has a “50/50 chance” of becoming the first country in the world to approve a Covid vaccine — with a decision expected as early as next week.

    NHS staff will be first in the queue for the jab under plans being finalised by health bosses.

    Frontline workers are now expected to be immunised ahead of care home residents and other vulnerable older Brits.

  • John Hall

    KILLER CANCER

    A MUM’s killer cancer was missed for months during the Covid crisis.

    Kimberley Eccles then learned via a video call that she may have just six months to live.

    She had three vital appointments cancelled at the start of lockdown. Kimberley, 23, spent six months in agony as a tumour grew in her left cheek before being rushed to hospital when she collapsed at work.

  • John Hall

    CAR PRODUCTION SLUMPS

    Car production slumped by an annual 18.2 per cent in October as coronavirus lockdown measures continue to hit demand and trade, an industry body has said.

    A total of 110,179 cars rolled off assembly lines last month leaving output in the first 10 months of the year down a third at 743,003 vehicles, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

    The sector is also awaiting clarity regarding the UK's future relationship with the European Union, and faces a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

    “These figures are yet more bad news for an industry battered by Covid, Brexit and, now, the unprecedented challenge of a complete shift to electrified vehicles in under a decade,” said SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes.

  • John Hall

    FORGOT THE BODDY RULES?

    Melanie Sykes seems to have breached virus quarantine rules after a trip abroad to see her toyboy lover.

    The TV presenter was snapped out in London just four days after her return from Venice.

    Travellers from countries not on the Government’s exemption list must isolate at home for two weeks.

    But in snaps shared with her 300,000 Instagram followers on Tuesday Mel, 50, revealed she was instead at London’s posh May Fair hotel flaunting new fashion clobber.

    Read more HERE.

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