Pubs Shut In Liverpool As UK Tightens Virus Control Measures

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered pubs in Liverpool to shut as part of a new strategy to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases, as staff at three field hospitals across the country were told to prepare for a wave of admissions.

The northwest English city is the first to be placed at “very high risk” under a new three-tiered system designed to bring order to what has become a complex web of local restrictions.

Johnson addressed the nation to explain the decision, saying the latest figures “are flashing at us like dashboard warnings in a passenger jet and we must act now”.

Police patrolled on horseback in Liverpool Saturday as people stayed out late partying Police patrolled on horseback in Liverpool Saturday as people stayed out late partying Photo: AFP / Lindsey Parnaby

He earlier told MPs that he could not allow Covid-19 to “let rip” and risk the death toll — the highest in Europe at almost 43,000 —

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COVID rates in Manchester and Liverpool continue to surge

Shoppers wearing face coverings pass beneath an electronic sign reminding pedestrians to 'act now to avoid a local lockdown' outside the Arndale Centre in Manchester. (Getty)
Shoppers wearing face coverings pass beneath an electronic sign reminding pedestrians to ‘act now to avoid a local lockdown’ outside the Arndale Centre in Manchester. (Getty)

COVID rates in some northern cities have almost doubled in a week, despite local lockdowns coming into force last Wednesday.

The Manchester COVID rate grew to 3,105 new cases recorded in the seven days to 3 October 3 – the equivalent of 561.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The Liverpool COVID rate also increased sharply, from 325.1 to 516.0 with 2,570 new cases, just a week after the north-west local lockdown restricted social mixing for almost two million people.

But leaders in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds have warned health secretary Matt Hancock that they would not support further “economic lockdowns” and called for new powers to tackle the resurgence.

People queuing outside a walk-in coronavirus test centre at Allerton Library in Liverpool amid rising cases across parts of England. (PA)
People queuing outside a walk-in coronavirus test centre at Allerton Library in Liverpool amid rising
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Liverpool keeper Alisson appears to drop hint on his fitness ahead of Arsenal clash

JURGEN KLOPP BACKS CURTIS JONES TO REACH THE TOP WITH LIVERPOOL

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Alisson has apparently hinted he is fit to start in goal for Liverpool against Arsenal.

The Brazilian suffered an injury this week, which forced him to miss training.

The keeper underwent an assessment on Monday ahead of the match at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp set to make a final decision on whether he and Thiago Alcantara are fit to feature.

It is not yet known if either player has been given the green light to play against the Gunners. But some Liverpool fans are convinced Alisson has hinted on social media that he will play.

The Brazilian took to Instagram on Monday to post a Liverpool vs Arsenal matchday preview, showing himself in goal for the Reds.



Alisson Becker in a blue shirt: Alisson has apparently hinted he is fit to start in goal for Liverpool against Arsenal


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Alisson has apparently hinted he is fit to start in goal for Liverpool against Arsenal

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