Latest coronavirus updates as a national lockdown was branded “inevitable” by one of the government’s own SAGE advisers as Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson joined other leaders to warn Heath Secretary Matt Hancock that local restrictions are “not working”.
Meawhile Scotland has banned alcohol sales inside hospitality venues from Friday at 6pm.
Professor John Edmunds, who sits on the scientific advisory group for emergencies (SAGE), agreed local measures had failed and said more stringent lockdown restrictions are needed to bring the pandemic under control.
“These local restrictions that have been put in place in much of the north of England really haven’t been very effective,” he told BBC Newsnight.
“We need to take much more stringent measures, not just in the north of England, we need to do it countrywide, and bring the epidemic back under control.”
He said the Government’s current “light touch” measures are just “delaying the inevitable”.
“We will at some point put very stringent measures in place because we will have to when hospitals start to really fill up,” he said. “Frankly, the better strategy is to put them in place now.”
The Government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 14,542 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 530,113.
Professor John Edmunds, who is advising the Government’s coronavirus response, joined the criticism of local measures on Tuesday and said new national restrictions were needed immediately.
The Government also said a further 76 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday. This brings the UK total to 42,445.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 58,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Leaders in Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds warned Health Secretary Matt Hancock that they would not support further “economic lockdowns” and called for new powers to tackle the resurgence and say they are “extremely…