Coronavirus UK news – New STRICTER lockdowns that could ban all social contact and close pubs exposed in document leak

Coronavirus UK news – New STRICTER lockdowns that could ban all social contact and close pubs exposed in document leak

October 5, 2020

NEW stricter lockdowns that can ban all social contact and close pubs have been revealed in a new document leak.

The new three-tier 'traffic light' system includes a 'red alert' phase where absolutely all social contact is banned, pubs and restaurants closed and amateur sports banned.

The leaked document, seen by The Guardian, reveals that the 'red alert' phase will only be imposed nationally or in a specific area if the virus cannot be controlled effectively in the 'amber alertt' phase.

The amber alert phase includes limiting social gatherings to one household and support bubble, and limiting travel to essential purposes only, while the green phase includes measures currently in place, such as the 'rule of six', the 10pm curfew and the wearing of face masks in public places.

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  • Niamh Cavanagh


    Airport testing could be given the go-ahead within the next few days after months of discussion, which would end the need to quarantine after returning to the UK from a high risk area.

    Chief secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclacy confirmed that decisions regarding new measures which include airport swabbing will be made in the “coming days”.

    He also said it would be a similar procedure currently seen in Germany, where passengers arriving from high-risk countries are able to be tested, meaning they can leave the quarantine, according to the Times.

    Speaking during a Conservative conference, Mr Barclay explained: “I am expecting Grant Shapps and Matt Hancock to say more about this in the coming days.”

  • John Hall


    Hundreds of thousands of jobseekers could benefit from a new employment programme launching today.

    The scheme, which is called JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support), – is backed by a £238 million investment from the government.

    It is already up and running in several counties as of this morning, with more areas following later this month. It will be available in Scotland from early next year.

    The JETS scheme is designed to support those people who have been left jobless due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    More on the story here.

  • John Hall


    Chancellor Rishi Sunak will acknowledge that ministers have been forced to make “difficult trade-offs and decisions” due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a speech to the virtual Conservative Party conference, Mr Sunak will say the economy is undergoing significant change as a result of the crisis.

    He will again stress that he cannot protect every job, admitting “the pain of knowing it only grows with each passing day”.

    Mr Sunak will commit himself to “a single priority” as Chancellor to “create, support and extend opportunity to as many people as I can.

    “We will not let talent wither, or waste, we will help all who want it find new opportunity and develop new skills,” he is expected to say.

  • John Hall


    The common cold could protect you from contracting the coronavirus, experts have revealed.

    Researchers have found that the most frequent cause of the common cold – the rhinovirus, could jump start the body’s antiviral defences.

    In turn the experts say that this could provide protection against the flu.

    A study by scientists at Yale University found that the presence of the rhinovirus triggered production of the antiviral agent interferon. This is part of the early immune system response to invasion of pathogens.

    More on the story here.

  • John Hall


    Russia's daily tally of new coronavirus cases rose to its highest since May 12 on Monday as authorities reported 10,888 new infections nationwide, including 3,537 in Moscow.

    Authorities said 117 people had died overnight, pushing the official death toll to 21,475.

    The total number of cases registered since the beginning of the outbreak stands at 1,225,889, they said.

  • John Hall


    The virus crisis will have a lasting impact on the world of work, with fewer people based in offices, a new study suggests.

    A survey of almost 1,000 members of the Institute of Directors (IoD) found that three out of four would be keeping increased home-working after coronavirus.

    More than half of those polled said their organisation intended to reduce their long-term use of workplaces.

    Among those who had been using their workplace less before the change in Government recommendation last month, more than four in 10 said that working from home was proving more effective than their previous set-up.

    Business leaders surveyed had been making a number of other adjustments during the pandemic that they intended to keep in place such as greater use of flexible working or moving services online.

    The IoD warned that the prospect of increased home-working could raise legal questions around employers' responsibilities for staff outside the office.

  • John Hall


    The Association of School and College Leaders has said exams could be pared down next year as students continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    General secretary Geoff Barton said suggestions that GCSEs and A-levels could be delayed by three weeks would not be enough, ahead of a meeting with schools minister Nick Gibb.

    Asked if exams could be pared down, Mr Barton told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “I think we really ought to think about that.

    “If the assumption is it can be business as usual but with three weeks extra teaching time you're going to have some young people who won't have covered, for example, the Tudors in history or photosynthesis in biology.

    “It would be unthinkable that those young people would be tested in the same way that the previous generation would be, and therefore a modification of those exams would be useful.”

  • John Hall


    Cineworld said on Monday it would temporarily shut its movie theatres in the United States and the UK, a move that would impact 45,000 jobs, as it deals with a significant downturn in the industry brought on by the coronavirus crisis.

    The world's second-biggest cinema chain, which has already said it was looking at different ways of raising additional funds, confirmed it will suspend operations at all of its 536 Regal theatres in the U.S. and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the UK from Oct. 8.

    “Cineworld will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans to resume operations in these markets at the appropriate time, when key markets have more concrete guidance on their reopening status,” the UK-listed company said.

  • John Hall


    Thousands of Brits were not told they were exposed to coronavirus after bungling Public Health England admitted they had missed 15,841 cases from their official stats.

    Daily infection rates shot up by a record high of 22,961 on Sunday, which officials said was “artificially high” because it included missed cases from the last week

    The total number of lab-confirmed cases in the UK has now passed 500,000 since the outbreak began, according to the Government's dashboard.

    PHE admitted they missed out on counting the positive cases from September 25 until Friday.

    It means that tens of thousands of people who should have been told to self-isolate after coming into contact with an infected person are only now being told.

    It comes after yesterday's sharp rise of 12,872 new cases was blamed on a “technical issue”.

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