Good morning. There are three hours to go till we hit the deadline set by the federal government for the top of talks with Higher Manchester leaders on a deal about transferring the area into the very excessive alert stage tier 3, which might imply it will be topic to the strictest Covid rules. If there isn’t any deal, the federal government is threatening to impose these guidelines unilaterally.
Right here is an extract from the assertion issued by Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, final evening.
There at the moment are extra Covid-19 sufferers in Higher Manchester hospitals than in the entire of the south-west and south-east mixed. However, sadly, regardless of recognising the gravity of the scenario, native leaders have been to this point unwilling to take the motion that’s required to get this example below management. I’ve written to native leaders this night to clarify that if we can not attain settlement by noon tomorrow then I have to advise the prime minister that regardless of our greatest endeavours we’ve been unable to achieve settlement. It’s not too late for native leaders to work with us to take motion for the sake of the folks of Higher Manchester.
Andy Burnham, the mayor of Higher Manchester, has been giving interviews this morning. My colleagues Helen Pidd and Josh Halliday sum up the scenario of their story this morning.
Burnham is talking to Higher Manchester council leaders this morning and he stated he would advocate that they ship a counter-offer to the federal government. He stated:
We’ve by no means been given a determine for that further help. So what I shall be proposing to the Higher Manchester leaders, after we meet this morning, fairly early, is that we write to the federal government with what we predict a good determine is, given we have now been below restrictions for 3 months and that has taken an actual toll on folks and companies right here.
The second factor we would wish is full flexibility to help the individuals who we predict are going to should be supported below a tier Three lockdown.
Some form of decision appears doubtless right this moment, and we might properly hear about it from Boris Johnson, who’s rumoured to be planning a day press convention.
Right here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: The ONS publishes its weekly loss of life figures for England and Wales.
9.30am: The Commons well being committee takes proof from well being professionals on workers burnout within the NHS.
11.30am: Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, takes questions within the Commons.
12pm: Downing Road is anticipated to carry its every day foyer briefing.
12.15pm: Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, is because of maintain its common coronavirus briefing.
1.30pm: Mark Drakeford takes first minister’s questions within the Senedd (Welsh meeting).
Afternoon: Boris Johnson might maintain a press convention. No 10 has not confirmed this, nevertheless it posted this on Twitter this morning – which is often an indication a press convention is coming.
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