Boris Johnson Unveils Three-Tier Lockdowns To Slow Outbreak Despite Local Allies’ Pushback


  • Boris Johnson has announced a three-tiered system of lockdowns to combat the resurgent pandemic
  • Under the system, Liverpool would close pubs and ban gatherings. Manchester, another outbreak hotspot, has not agreed to the measures
  • Other countries in Europe and the United States also face a second wave, threatening to overwhelm hospitals and intensive care units

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced a new three-tiered lockdown plan as COVID-19 surges once more across Europe and the United States. Under the plan, virus hotspots like Liverpool and Greater Manchester would close pubs and also ban gatherings. Greater Manchester has not yet agreed to the measure, and local leaders in Liverpool and across the U.K. have voiced objections to the implementation of the measures.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said in a statement that the restrictions were “not something regional leaders supported, nor what I believed would be happening

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Boris Johnson Announces Three-tier Coronavirus Strategy for England

Tighter restrictions have been confirmed by the Government as the Prime Minister confirmed a ‘three-tier’ system for England to classify the severity of rates of COVID-19.

From Wednesday, regions will be classed as either ‘medium’, ‘high’, or ‘very high’ risk.

The details, announced in the Commons by Boris Johnson, came as the NHS said that Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland, and Harrogate were being asked to mobilise in the next few weeks in response to growing rates of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the North West and North East.

Speaking at a Downing Street news briefing earlier, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, warned that additional hospital admissions and deaths were now ‘baked in’ as the virus spread from younger to older age groups.

What the Three Tiers Mean

Speaking ahead of his evening televised address to the nation, Mr Johnson said he did not believe another national lockdown was

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Trump and Boris Johnson, covid patients with different lessons

Here’s where their journeys overlapped — and where they diverged.

Leaders “in good spirits,” even in the hospital.

Trump and Johnson, and the spinners for both, downplayed their covid-19 symptoms and evaded questions about their status. The emphasis was on how they remained strong and positive and in charge.

On Friday evening, as Trump was headed to Walter Reed, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement that he “remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day.” She maintained that hospitalization was “out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts.” She added that the president would be working while there. (On Monday, McEnany revealed she tested positive for the virus, too.)

White House Physician Sean Conley’s then gave a rosy pronouncement of the president’s status on Saturday — without disclosing that Trump had been given supplemental

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Johnson & Johnson Paying Over $100 Million To Settle Baby Powder Lawsuits: Report

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) appears to be reaching deep into its coffers to settle a clutch of lawsuits. According to an article published on Monday by Bloomberg and citing “people with knowledge of the pacts,” the healthcare giant has agreed to pay over $100 million to settle more than 1,000 lawsuits over its Johnson’s Baby Powder.

The lawsuits, some of which stretch back several years, allege that repeated use of the talc-based powder caused cancer. Some claimants say that the product is tainted with asbestos, a substance notorious for causing the illness.

That $100 million would only be an initial outlay; according to regulatory filings, the total number of lawsuits pending is around 20,000. Several have already been resolved, with substantial awards. One, completed in 2018, saw a court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7 billion, although this was significantly reduced to $2.1 billion on appeal. Other lawsuits have

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‘Incredible What They’re Doing,’ Johnson Says of Vaccine Team

The incidents that were seeing in the cases really sort of corresponds to pretty much where we thought we were. And to be frank, I think the slightly lower numbers that we’d seen, you know, didn’t really reflect where we thought the disease was likely to go. So I think it’s — these numbers are realistic. The crucial thing is that in the next few days, week, we will see more clearly whether some of the restrictions that we’ve put in, the extra enforcement of the Rule of 6, the extra enforcement of self-isolation, the rules en masse and so on — all the stuff that has come in, we’ll see whether that starts to work in in driving down the virus. But you know, this is all very much in our hands. I went to see the scientists at Oxford at the Edward Jenner Institute, the AstraZeneca team. Incredible

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Johnson plays down technical failure of Covid-19 testing data system

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for PMQs at the House of Commons on 30 September, 2020 in London, England.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday sought to play down a failure in England’s Covid-19 testing data system that delayed 15,841 results, saying the much higher updated figures were more in line with forecasts of the outbreak’s spread.

The glitch is likely to cast further doubt over Johnson’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic: his Conservative government’s response has been cast by political opponents as slow, poorly organized and confusing.

On Sunday, authorities reported a jump in daily Covid-19 cases to a record 22,961, after saying a technical issue had meant that thousands of test results had not been transferred into computer systems on time, including for contact tracers.

“The incidence that we’re seeing in the cases really sort of

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UK PM Johnson Says Soaring COVID-19 Cases in Line With Forecasts | World News

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that the current soaring number of COVID-19 cases was about where government forecasts had predicted so the next weeks would be crucial to see if local lockdowns could get on top of the virus.

“The incidence that we’re seeing in the cases really sort of corresponds to pretty much where we thought we were,” Johnson said after Britain reported a jump in daily COVID-19 cases to a record 22,961 on Sunday.

A technical glitch had meant that over 15,000 test results had not been transferred into computer systems on time, including for contact tracers.

“To be frank, I think that the slightly lower numbers that we’d seen didn’t really reflect where we thought that the disease was likely to go so I think these numbers are realistic,” Johnson said.

“The crucial thing is that in the next few days,

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UK’s Johnson wishes Trump ‘speedy recovery’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump testing positive for the coronavirus (all times EDT):

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is wishing U.S. President Donald Trump a “speedy recovery” from COVID-19.

Johnson tweeted Friday morning: “My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”

Johnson was hospitalized for a week in April after he contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. After he was released, the prime minister thanked doctors and nurses at St. Thomas’s Hospital for saving his life. Johnson was treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit, where he received oxygen but was not put on a ventilator.

Trump announced on Twitter early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.


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The Kremlin is sending wishes of speedy

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This is what happened when Boris Johnson got Covid-19

LONDON — As news of President Donald Trump’s shock diagnosis with Covid-19 spread Friday, the experience of United Kingdom Prime Minster Boris Johnson, who tested positive six months ago, could offer a clue to what might come next.

Johnson, 55, announced on March 27, at the height of the the pandemic in the U.K., that he was suffering “mild” symptoms and would self-isolate while continuing to work. He was thought to be the first world leader confirmed to contract Covid-19.

He kept in contact with ministers through what he called “wizardry of modern technology” and 10 Downing Street, his official residence and personal office, maintained that he was in control.

Image: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons (Jessica Taylor / AFP - Getty Images)
Image: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons (Jessica Taylor / AFP – Getty Images)

Then on April 6 Johnson was rushed to a London hospital on the advice of his doctor,

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Boris Johnson Urges World Leaders to Unite Against COVID-19

(LONDON) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the “common foe” of COVID-19.

Johnson, who made the remarks in a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, said that, nine months into the pandemic, “the very notion of the international community looks tattered.”

“Never again must we wage 193 separate campaigns against the same enemy,” he said.

Johnson set out a plan for preventing another global pandemic, including a network of zoonotic research labs around the world to identify dangerous pathogens before they leap from animals to humans.

Johnson — who contracted COVID-19 in the spring and spent three nights in intensive care — also called for countries to share data to create a global early-warning system for disease outbreaks, and urged countries to stop slapping export controls on essential goods,

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