Boris Johnson Imposes Tier 3 Coronavirus Lockdown on Greater Manchester Area

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    The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Tuesday Greater Manchester is to be raised to the Government’s highest COVID-19 restrictions. The mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham had made a plea earlier in the day not to raise the alert to Tier 3 over fears that it will affect those on the lowest income the hardest. Johnson said in his national address that those on low incomes will receive “at least 80% of their normal income.” The UK’s chief medical advisers urged the public to comply with the Government’s highest COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, as Greater Manchester was placed in Tier 3 alert level. The National Medical Director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, backed the prime minister’s announcement saying, “there are more patients in hospitals in Greater Manchester alone at the moment than there are in hospitals in the entire south east and south west of the country.” The Government has adopted a three-tier system for England, with areas classed as medium, high or very high virus risk. In the top tier, pubs have to close and people are barred from mixing with members of other households.

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