Health officials have recommended Greater Manchester be moved into the top tier of the new local lockdown system it has been reported tonight.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre’s Gold Command are said to have ‘signed off’ on a plan for the region, and Lancashire, to be escalated from tier 2 to tier 3 of the new Covid Alert Level system which came into force today.
It is now up to the government to make a final decision which could be as early as tomorrow according to the BBC and several other news outlets.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to address update the House of Commons at around 11.30am on Thursday morning.
One MP has already hit out saying it would be a “devastating move.”
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and local officials met with the deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam earlier to discuss the evidence surrounding a move in tiers.
Mr Burnham tweeted tonight saying: “Just to keep people updated.
“We’ve just concluded a briefing with the…