Three tiers of lockdown: PM unveils new restrictions
Lockdown rules are changing again. Coronavirus measures will from Wednesday be governed by three “Covid Alert Levels” under plans set out by the Prime Minister as he battles to gain control over the second wave. England will be ordered into “medium”, “high” and “very high” areas under the new three-tier system. Boris Johnson confirmed that the Liverpool city region would be in the most serious risk category, meaning the closure of pubs and a ban on all household mixing. He did not confirm what would happen to other parts of the country. Remaining MPs are expected to find out how their constituency will fare in a private session with ministers tonight. What are the restrictions in different tiers? Which area are you in? Full details will become clearer in the Government regulations, but our simple guide explains everything we know so far. Mr Johnson is due to lead a Downing Street press conference at 7pm. Follow live updates and reaction.
Latest coronavirus case numbers might not match the Government’s notorious “doomsday graph” of last month, but senior advisers today said that pressure is building on the NHS. With the number of Covid patients in hospitals past March’s level and northern Nightingale Hospitals on standby, deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam warned that infections are now spreading to the elderly and moving south across the country. Rosa Prince argues that Mr Johnson must not lock down the South just to make the North feel better. Use our postcode search tool to find confirmed case numbers in your area.
Key dates in the body’s battle against coronavirus
Donald Trump is returning to the campaign trail today having made a seemingly miraculous recovery from Covid-19. The US President claimed to have developed immunity, but contradictory statements from his doctors left many wondering how ill the president was and at what point he was infected with the virus. What is for certain is that in a man of Mr Trump’s age and weight – he is 74 and in the obese category – coronavirus is a risky illness. So how does Covid affect the body at different stages of the disease and when does recovery happen? Anne Gulland explains what we now know about how the virus travels through our bodies.
Britain could run out of turkeys for Christmas
If the rule of six stays in place, there will be fewer people at the table on Christmas Day in many households. But will there be enough turkey to go round? Butchers are warning of a scramble after Covid disrupted the supply chain. “People usually go skiing or to Gran Canaria for their week of sun,” said London butcher Jeremy Godfrey. “So, in theory, demand is going to be up and supply is down.” Helena Horton reports that customers are already ordering their turkeys 10 weeks before Christmas.
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Minding the gap | Young white Britons are outearned by their Bame counterparts, official figures show, as the ethnic minority pay gap reached its lowest ever level. Social Affairs Editor Gabriella Swerling examines the disparity found by the Office for National Statistics.
Around the world: World-first underwater mission
Polish bomb disposal experts have started a world-first operation to defuse an RAF Tallboy “earthquake” bomb lying on the bottom of a channel in the north-west coastal town of Swinoujscie. Historians believe the 12,000lbs Barnes Wallace-designed bomb was dropped by 617 “Dambuster” Squadron during attacks on a German battleship in April 1945. Matthew Day reports that hundreds of people will have to leave their homes during the operation that could last five days.
Monday interview: Renzo Piano – ‘When you are sailing with your son, you start to confess things’
Italian architect Renzo Piano gave us The Shard and Pompidou Centre. Now, as he tells Mick Brown, he is taking time out with his son to reflect. Read the full interview.