October 29, 2020

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UK coronavirus live: Chris Whitty warns tier 3 measures alone 'not enough to get on top' of Covid spread

Boris Johnson says national lockdown now ‘would do immediate harm’ as he sets out England’s...

Boris Johnson says national lockdown now ‘would do immediate harm’ as he sets out England’s new three-tier lockdown restrictions

8.41pm BST

Boris Johnson warned northern leaders that a failure to agree tougher coronavirus restrictions within days would be “unforgivable” as he faced doubt and frustration over a new system designed to prevent the “inexorable” spread of Covid-19.

But Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, warned that even the toughest curbs would probably not contain the spread of the virus in the worst-hit areas and said local authorities would need to add extra restrictions. “The base will not be sufficient. I think that’s very clearly the professional view,” he said.

Related: ‘Unforgivable’ if Covid rules not toughened in north, Johnson warns

8.39pm BST

Here at the key points from the press conference on the new three-tier Covid alert system for England.

Related: England’s simpler three-tier Covid system may not be enough

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