Boris Johnson resigned for pushing Manchester into level three coronavirus restrictions fearing police would not enforce the rules without the help of Mayor Andy Burnham.
Greater Manchester Police Department is currently responding to the city's Labor Mayor, while Police and Detective Inspectors – a role that Mr Burnham had in Manchester – have the power to set strategic priorities for their local police officers.
This means that police enforcement of restrictions depends on the assistance of Mr Burnham, who refuses to move the region to Tier Three without fully reintroducing the holiday program.
Official figures show that the infection rate in Greater Manchester and Newcastle is falling despite anti-Covid measures. This development could undermine the government's public health news.
Nearly 600 coronavirus cases were recorded in Manchester on September 30, down from 377 cases on October 9. There were only two cases in Manchester on Thursday. Newcastle recorded 277 cases on October 6, down from 170 infections on October 9 and just 10 cases on Thursday.
Mr Burnham accused Mr Johnson of treating the North like a "sacrificial lamb" and a "canary in a coal mine" with experimental restrictions, claiming that if London were in the same position there would be a national closure.
Negotiations between the government and Manchester leaders are believed to continue over the weekend with no decision expected before Monday.
The Prime Minister sent a clear message yesterday when he called for leaders in Greater Manchester to focus on "saving lives" and said he would intervene if the two sides could not agree.
Mr Burnham said the "least" he would accept is a full reinstatement of the vacation program in the area, which pays 80 percent of the wages of people unable to work, despite the Treasury's ruling out that.
It comes after the Prime Minister welcomed an agreement with Lancashire to put the region in the toughest lockdown stage, where it joins Liverpool as one of only two areas in the top bracket.
In other coronavirus developments:
- A senior government adviser warned that only a national breaker shutdown would suppress the virus.
- Sir John Bell was sustained by Jeremy Hunt, who also called for an end to the public war of words over local restrictions.
- Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said his brother died after being admitted to intensive care at Covid.
- Police fought to enforce coronavirus laws in London as they opposed protesters and drinkers.
- Mr Johnson said the UK is developing the capacity to produce millions of rapid turnaround tests for coronavirus that could produce results in just 15 minutes;
- The National Education Union stood behind Sir Keir Starmer's call for a national breaker.
- The Welsh Government will discuss breaking the breaker and announce decisions on Monday.
- In the UK, 15,650 cases of coronavirus and 136 deaths were recorded on Friday.
- A senior scientist predicted the UK could have 1 million coronavirus tests a day by Christmas.
- The Prime Minister's attention briefly switched from the pandemic to warn of a no-deal Brexit as both London and Brussels intensified their tough talks.
Greater Manchester Police are currently responding to the city's Labor Mayor Andy Burnham, while Police and Detective Commissioners – a role that Mr Burnham had in Manchester – have the power to set strategic priorities for their local police officers. This means that enforcement of restrictions by the police depends on the support of Mr Burnham, who refuses to move the region to the third stage on accusing Boris Johnson of treating the north like a "sacrificial lamb".
Nearly 600 coronavirus cases were registered in Manchester (left) on September 30, down from 377 registered cases on October 9. There were only two cases in Manchester on Thursday. In Newcastle (right), 277 cases were registered on October 6, which also decreased to 170 infections on October 9 and only 10 cases on Thursday
Boris Johnson has pulled back from imposing Tier 3 Covid restrictions in Manchester because he feared the police would not enforce them without Andy Burnham's support. Pictured: Revelers in Manchester on Friday
It comes after Mr Johnson welcomed an agreement with Lancashire to move into the toughest lockdown level where it joins Liverpool as the only area in the top bracket. Pictured: people leaving bars and clubs in Lancashire at 10 p.m. after new lockdown restrictions were put in place
The prime minister had previously said that he wanted "maximum local enforcement" that could only be achieved with "maximum local buy-in".
Home Secretary Priti Patel called Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester's Chief Constable, "to make sure they got the support they needed from national politicians, but above all from" local politicians ".
The Home Office source told The Telegraph: “The police are not politicized. You are operationally independent and it is up to the police to enforce the law. "
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Mr. Johnson said, “This is about saving lives. This is about us joining together locally and nationally to lower the R, to make these regional restrictions, this tiering system work and save lives.
"Everyone in Greater Manchester and in all areas where it's still difficult should think about it."
He added: "I'd rather not impose things, but rather that we could work something out with the local authorities and the Mayor of Manchester."
A senior government adviser warned today that only a second national lockdown would work to suppress the coronavirus as he labeled other restrictions as "biting the edges".
Mr John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, advocated a national breaker as he claimed the government had lost control of a "tearful" number of coronavirus cases.
He dismissed proposals that testing would allow officials to keep the pandemic in check and called the situation "serious" as he apparently attributed an increase in cases to national fatigue with the restrictions.
The top government adviser then recommended a total shutdown of society and the economy, in line with Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer's unprecedented call for a national breaker on Tuesday.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today program, Sir John said, “Things are looking pretty serious right now and the numbers are growing pretty fast. I think the other phenomenon you see is that people are pretty unhappy, they are tired, this has been taking too long, they cannot go about their business, they cannot do the normal things that they would expect to do , Hospital staff are exhausted from the start.
"I think we are actually in real trouble as compliance and willingness to help fix this issue is slowly dissolving." Nevertheless I can barely find a way to get over it without a breaker as the numbers are actually pretty mind-blowing in some parts of the country and I think it will be very difficult to get over it just biting the edges. & # 39;
He added, “No one has ever tested an epidemic or pandemic back with tests. Testing alone never solved the problem. It's one of many tools in the toolbox you'll need to get it working, but in places that have been successful, like South Korea and to some extent China, their ability to aggressively track the results of tests has been paramount important in terms of management.
The R-rate remains stable overall for the UK but has declined for the second straight week in England, falling from a possible range of 1.3-1.6 on October 2nd to 1.2-1.4 today. But SAGE warned today that it was "confident the transmission won't slow" and that cases will continue to grow exponentially as long as R stays above one
“The majority of those infected are not even identified. So we need to have a system where individuals and institutions take on more ownership to ensure that children in schools, students in universities, and people who work in companies stay away from those companies if they test positive. "
Sir John's plea for national action that would lead to stricter enforcement of social distancing rules was then confirmed by Jeremy Hunt, who proposed today that a breaker should be supported.
The former health minister also called for an end to the public war of words over local restrictions, telling the Today program, “I've always thought it was better to get things done quickly and decisively than waiting for the virus to grow with a lot of sympathy in order to.
“But I think more important now is that we end this public war of words between local and national leaders because in a pandemic the most important thing is a consistent message, because you really have to obey the very, very important public health messages about social distancing.
"And when local and national leaders say different things, it's incredibly harmful."
“I really urge Andy Burnham and other local leaders to have these arguments and I am sure they are very fierce arguments and I am sure that some of their concerns are justified, but these arguments are private and not public because that harms the national fight against the virus. & # 39;
Test-positive data from Public Health England shows that the percentage of tests performed with positive results increased in September and early October, bringing 7.1 percent of all tests performed are now positive – one in 14 swabs