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Paris coronavirus: Bars close as city is placed on maximum alert

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Paris will close all its bars starting on Tuesday for two weeks as the city’s coronavirus alert level is moved to maximum to combat rising case numbers. 

Restaurants and bistros that serve alcohol will be allowed to stay open, provided they register all guests on a track and trace system, maintain social distancing, and close no later than 10pm. 

Working from home should be prioritised ‘now more than ever’, Prime Minister Jean Castex said, while university lecture halls should be no more than half full.

Paris will close all bars in the city from Tuesday for at least two weeks as it moves to the highest coronavirus alert level to combat soaring cases in the city (shown above)

Paris will close all bars in the city from Tuesday for at least two weeks as it moves to the highest coronavirus alert level to combat soaring cases in the city (shown above)

Paris will close all bars in the city from Tuesday for at least two weeks as it moves to the highest coronavirus alert level to combat soaring cases in the city (shown above)

Bars will be banned from opening altogether, restaurants will be allowed to open no later than 10pm, and home working is being strongly encouraged (file image)

Bars will be banned from opening altogether, restaurants will be allowed to open no later than 10pm, and home working is being strongly encouraged (file image)

Bars will be banned from opening altogether, restaurants will be allowed to open no later than 10pm, and home working is being strongly encouraged (file image)

It comes after Paris breached the maximum alert threshold of more than 250 infections per 100,000 people, with more than 30 per cent of intensive care beds reserved for coronavirus patients. 

The city breached the criteria last week, but officials had been waiting to see if the situation improved before going ahead with extra measures.

Mr Castex announced on Sunday that extra measures would be needed, after the number of new cases kept rising.

According to government data, there were 1,155 new cases of coronavirus in Paris on October 1, the most recent data to be made public.

That is an increase on the 1,110 cases reported the day previously, and a significant increase from the 705 cases reported on September 1.

It also comes after the city of Marseille, which is at the centre of a second wave of coronavirus in the south of France, went into a similar lockdown last week. 

France is suffering a second wave of coronavirus cases that has seen infection totals grow steadily since the country began reopening its economy

France is suffering a second wave of coronavirus cases that has seen infection totals grow steadily since the country began reopening its economy

France is suffering a second wave of coronavirus cases that has seen infection totals grow steadily since the country began reopening its economy

Despite cases soaring deaths have not followed suit - however, the country is reporting a rise in hospital admissions and pressure on intensive care beds

Despite cases soaring deaths have not followed suit - however, the country is reporting a rise in hospital admissions and pressure on intensive care beds

Despite cases soaring deaths have not followed suit – however, the country is reporting a rise in hospital admissions and pressure on intensive care beds

More details about the Paris lockdown, which will also apply in three departments around the city, will be announced by mayor Anne Hildalgo on Monday.   

‘These measures, indispensable in the fight to curb the virus’ spread, will apply to Paris and the three departments immediately surrounding it, for a duration of two weeks,’ an announcement published on Sunday said.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin admitted that the new measures would be difficult for Parisians, but insisted that they were needed to keep people safe.

‘We are French, we love to drink, to eat, to live, to smile and to kiss each other,’ he told French TV channel LCI.

France reported 12,565 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, along with 32 new deaths from the virus. 

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Uber passenger pushed driver and smashed door on him after he was refused lift for not wearing mask

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A Uber passenger pushed his driver into the boot and repeatedly smashed the door into him in a fit of ‘mask madness,’ a court heard.

Kerry Battram, 33, had been celebrating the end of lockdown in Soho when bars reopened on ‘England’s Independence Day’ and flew into a rage when driver Dayo Idolomahv refused to take him home unless he wore a face covering.

‘Masks are to protect you, not me’ he yelled at the driver, slamming the door as he got out.

Witnesses described Battram punching Mr Idolmahv then pushing him into the boot and smashing the door onto him repeatedly ‘at least three times,’ Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court heard.

Battram denied the allegations, but Magistrates said he was ‘not credible’ and convicted him this afternoon.

Revellers had flocked to Soho and flouted social distancing measures on 4 July.

Kerry Battram, pictured, had been out drinking in Soho and had booked an Uber back to his home in Romford when he attacked the driver who confronted him for not wearing a mask

Kerry Battram, pictured, had been out drinking in Soho and had booked an Uber back to his home in Romford when he attacked the driver who confronted him for not wearing a mask

Kerry Battram, pictured, had been out drinking in Soho and had booked an Uber back to his home in Romford when he attacked the driver who confronted him for not wearing a mask

Battram said he had planned to stay at his friend’s home in Wimbledon but had exited their cab in Wandsworth ‘as a joke’.

He booked an Uber home to Essex but the driver refused to take him without a face mask.

He said: ‘I got in the Uber, I wasn’t wearing a mask, he said: “Have you got one?”.

‘I said “No, it’s for your protection, not mine,” and then he said: “No, I’m not going to take you.

‘I asked whether it would be beneficial for him and he said “no” quite aggressively, “you can call another driver and get another car”.

‘I slammed the door quite aggressively, I do admit that, that’s when he proceeded to get out of the car and attack me.

‘He’s got no reason to come out the vehicle unless he’s got the intention of doing something to me.’

Battram said the accusation that he smashed the boot door on the driver was ‘ridiculous’ and laughed when asked if he did it three times.

He also denied throwing Mr Idolomahv’s possessions on the floor.

Battram denied the allegation but was found guilty by magistrates at Wimbledon Magistrates Court who granted the 33-year-old unconditional bail until his sentencing in December

Battram denied the allegation but was found guilty by magistrates at Wimbledon Magistrates Court who granted the 33-year-old unconditional bail until his sentencing in December

Battram denied the allegation but was found guilty by magistrates at Wimbledon Magistrates Court who granted the 33-year-old unconditional bail until his sentencing in December

Magistrates’ bench chair James Murray said: ‘We have heard evidence of an incident that took place involving an Uber driver and the defendant.

‘The incident was caused by the defendant’s refusal to wear a mask on a taxi and subsequently about which we have heard evidence from others.

‘We heard consistent and credible accounts of the incident.

‘The defendant’s evidence was not supported by other evidence, we did not find it credible.

‘In addition he had consumed alcohol and could not remember other events from the evening.

Battram faces a bill of £775 in costs and a compensation payment to the driver, the court heard.

Battram, of Harold’s Wood, Romford, denied but was convicted of assault by beating.

He was granted unconditional bail ahead of sentencing at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on December 14.

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Police release CCTV of ‘extremely dangerous’ fugitive linked to three murders

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A triple murder suspect has this morning been arrested in a Staffordshire village following a six day manhunt.

Officers on patrol discovered Anthony Russell in a red Ford C-Max – stolen in a car-jacking in Leamington Spa on Wednesday afternoon – in a country lane in Rolleston-on-Dove at around 4am.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery.

West Midlands Police launched a manhunt for Russell after the bodies of a mother and her son were found dead in flats in Coventry.

Julie Williams, 58, was found murdered just before 11pm on Sunday after concerns were raised about her welfare.

Her 32-year-old son David was reported missing the day before and was found dead at around 11.30pm on Tuesday.   

Two days later, police discovered the body of a missing woman on Newbold Comyn – a country park near Leamington Spa, 11 miles from the scene of the first two deaths.

She has now been formally identified as 31-year-old Nichola McGregor, from Leamington.

Police have now arrested Anthony Russell

Police have now arrested Anthony Russell

The body of David Williams, 32, was discovered 24 hours after his mother Julie Williams was found dead in her flat in Coventry

The body of David Williams, 32, was discovered 24 hours after his mother Julie Williams was found dead in her flat in Coventry

Police have arrested Anthony Russell (pictured left), 38, who they said was ‘considered dangerous’. It comes as the body of David Williams (pictured right), 32, was discovered 24 hours after his mother Julie Williams was found dead in her flat in Coventry

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Payne said today: ‘The deaths of three people in the Midlands region this week have been shocking and devastating for the families involved.

‘Our thoughts remain with them as they come to terms with the tragic circumstances of their deaths.

‘We are grateful to everyone who has assisted with our appeals for information, but although we have a suspect in custody, our investigation must now establish exactly what has happened.’

The ‘extremely dangerous’ suspect had last been caught on camera three days ago in the posh town of Leamington Spa. 

Detectives had urged anyone who knows of the whereabouts to dial 999 immediately.

Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Meir said earlier: ‘We have been searching for Anthony since the weekend after he was linked to a double murder in Coventry.

Pictured: Julie Williams, 58, was found dead at her flat in Emily Smith House, Riley Square, Coventry on Sunday night

Pictured: Julie Williams, 58, was found dead at her flat in Emily Smith House, Riley Square, Coventry on Sunday night

Pictured: Julie Williams, 58, was found dead at her flat in Emily Smith House, Riley Square, Coventry on Sunday night

The hunt came after the body of Mrs Williams, 58, was discovered at her flat at Emily Smith House, Riley Square, just before 11pm on Sunday. Pictured: Police at the scene

The hunt came after the body of Mrs Williams, 58, was discovered at her flat at Emily Smith House, Riley Square, just before 11pm on Sunday. Pictured: Police at the scene

The hunt came after the body of Mrs Williams, 58, was discovered at her flat at Emily Smith House, Riley Square, just before 11pm on Sunday. Pictured: Police at the scene

‘Officers have identified a third body within Newbold Comyn in Warwickshire and we consider Anthony Russell is linked and is likely to have committed that offence.

‘It’s essential the public come forward with any information they have as to the whereabouts of Anthony.

‘Anthony is a dangerous individual and members of the public should come forward with any information and dial 999. They should not approach him.

‘We’re working closely with Warwickshire Police to locate and arrest Anthony Russell. If you have any information do not hesitate to call 999.

‘I can’t stress enough how important it us that we find and arrest Russell, and we really need the public’s help to do that.’

A 36-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been bailed with conditions.

The causes of Julie and David’s deaths are yet to be established, and post-mortems are due to take place in due course.

Russell has links to Coventry as well as Warwickshire and he sometimes sleeps rough and is a drug user.

He was previously jailed for two and a half years in 2012 after trying to break into the home of a woman who had offered him help while he was homeless.

The Good Samaritan had took Russell back to her home and given him money and a warm jacket when she saw him on the streets.

But months later he tried to steal from her Leamington property while her husband was having a transplant operation.

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Mrs Williams was discovered at her flat at Emily Smith House, Riley Square, just before 11pm on Sunday.

The discovery of her body followed concerns for her welfare. 

Mr Williams, who lived with his mother, was last seen on October 20 and reported missing on Saturday evening.

He was found dead at a nearby flat, also in Riley Square, at around 11.30pm on Monday.  

Post-mortem examinations have yet to take place to determine the cause of their deaths, a force spokesperson said.

Russell, of no fixed address, but with links to Coventry, is ‘considered extremely dangerous’ by police. 

It is thought he could have travelled south, possibly to Plymouth, Devon or Cornwall. 

Police say he has links Coventry as well as Warwickshire and they are urgently appealing for information about his whereabouts.  

Mr Williams, who was last seen on October 20 and reported missing on Saturday evening, was found dead at a nearby flat, also in Riley Square, at around 11.30pm on Monday. Pictured: Police at the scene

Mr Williams, who was last seen on October 20 and reported missing on Saturday evening, was found dead at a nearby flat, also in Riley Square, at around 11.30pm on Monday. Pictured: Police at the scene

Mr Williams, who was last seen on October 20 and reported missing on Saturday evening, was found dead at a nearby flat, also in Riley Square, at around 11.30pm on Monday. Pictured: Police at the scene

Post-mortem examinations have yet to take place to determine the cause of their deaths, West Midlands Police said. Pictured: Police at the scene

Post-mortem examinations have yet to take place to determine the cause of their deaths, West Midlands Police said. Pictured: Police at the scene

Post-mortem examinations have yet to take place to determine the cause of their deaths, West Midlands Police said. Pictured: Police at the scene

West Midlands Police (pictured: An officer at the scene) have launched a double murder investigation

West Midlands Police (pictured: An officer at the scene) have launched a double murder investigation

West Midlands Police (pictured: An officer at the scene) have launched a double murder investigation

Speaking about the deaths of Mr and Mrs Williams, Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from West Midlands Police homicide team, said: ‘These deaths are very sad and my thoughts are with David and Julie’s family at this difficult time.

‘Our investigation continues at significant pace but we need to find Russell as soon as possible.

‘I’m urging anyone with information about where he is to get in touch with us straight away.’ 

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Dominic Raab hints Government is considering Tier Four coronavirus curbs

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Dominic Raab today hinted the Government could introduce a new Tier Four set of even stricter coronavirus restrictions as he refused to rule out a national lockdown. 

The Government’s current local lockdown system is based on three tiers but there are fears that even the most draconian rules in Tier Three are not enough to stop the spread of the disease. 

A new Tier Four could see non-essential shops told to close and travel limited to getting to work and school. 

Mr Raab said the Government is ‘always ready for further measures’ as he insisted ministers intend to stick to their localised approach of cracking down on infections. 

But the Foreign Secretary admitted that both Germany and France had also used a strategy of local crackdowns before ultimately being forced into new nation shutdowns. 

He would only go so far as saying the Government is ‘striving to avoid’ following the UK’s European neighbours as he resisted imposing a ‘blanket approach or a blunt approach’. 

His comments came as local leaders warned it is ‘inevitable’ that Birmingham will soon be moved into Tier Three as ministers warned the nation is heading for a national lockdown ‘by proxy’. 

Some 21 million people across England will soon be living in areas subject to Tier Two restrictions while 11 million will be in Tier Three, which means some 32 million – almost 60 per cent of the population – will be in the higher tiers. 

As well as Birmingham there are growing fears that London could also be plunged into Tier Three within thenext two weeks as infections in the capital continue to rise. 

West Yorkshire will be placed into Tier Three from midnight on Sunday, as 2.3 million people across Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield will join the eight million in Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Nottibghamshire already under the strictest curbs.

Ministers were said to have been shown ‘very, very bleak’ data this week which experts believe could result in the whole country being in Tier Three by Christmas.       

Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, today did not deny that ministers are considering introducing a new Tier Four of coronavirus restrictions

Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, today did not deny that ministers are considering introducing a new Tier Four of coronavirus restrictions

Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, today did not deny that ministers are considering introducing a new Tier Four of coronavirus restrictions 

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London ‘will go into Tier 3 lockdown in two weeks’ as Britain faces a super-spreader Christmas

London could be plunged into Tier 3 lockdown within two weeks as England creeped closer towards full national lockdown by the back door last night, with millions told they will face extra curbs.    

Boris Johnson is facing renewed pressure from his medical officers to impose a nation-wide shutdown before and after Christmas in a bid to allow families to gather over the holidays, and sources close so Sadiq Khan expect the capital to be locked down imminently.

Senior figures are warning that the UK’s three-tier system is not enough to ‘get on top of the numbers’, with deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam reportedly beginning to change his mind over whether regional lockdowns will suppress the virus . He backed the move at a No 10 press conference last week

Presenting what one source called ‘very, very bleak’ data to a meeting of Covid-O, the the Cabinet subcommittee on coronavirus, he said that daily hospital admissions had reached the highest level since April at 1,404.  

There are fears that the whole country will be at Tier 3 by Christmas, and unable to meet extended family members unless the Government takes harsh, draconian action before the season.

Allowing people to visit family at Christmas will be a ‘spreader event’ that could cause a spike in infections many times worse than that caused by the return of university students, experts believe. 

But introducing national restrictions before and after Christmas, while lifting them for the big day could help minimise the impact. 

One senior health official told the Telegraph that anti-Covid measures were most likely to be successful if they were taken on a national basis rather than toughening up the rules for Tier 3. 

They added that a post-Christmas ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown could also help reverse numbers and curb rising numbers of hospitalisations as fears spread that Britain’s ICUs could be overrun.

‘Releasing measures for two days is unlikely to cause a big upswing,’ a source said.’ But it won’t do nothing. Christmas brings people from all over the country to sit inside together, so its quite likely to be a spreading event.

‘But people want to see their loved ones and they want to make physical contact, and we have to recognise that.’ 

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The latest coronavirus developments came as: 

  • Mr Raab said the public would find it ‘desperately unfair’ to impose a national lockdown while rates of infection vary across the country. 
  • Nottinghamshire Police said 40 young people are facing fines after a party was broken up at a student hall of residence. 
  • It emerged that Britain’s biggest lenders charged the Government more than £65 million in interest in just three months to provide loans to British businesses during the pandemic. 
  • British Airways’ parent company IAG swung to a pre-tax loss of 6.2 billion euros (£5.6 billion) for the nine months to the end of September, compared with a 2.3 billion euros (£2.1 billion) pre-tax profit during the same period a year ago.
  • Official statistics suggested nearly one in every 13 UK workers was still on furlough in mid-October as the scheme ends this weekend. 

Tier Three restrictions mean pubs and bars have to close unless they are serving substantial meals while the mixing of households indoors or outdoors, including in gardens, is also banned. 

But some experts are sceptical that the top tier is enough to get the spread of coronavirus back under control amid growing calls for tougher action. 

The Government is reportedly considering introducing a new Tier Four of restrictions which would approach the measures imposed during the national lockdown. 

Mr Raab this morning did not deny that is the case as he told the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme: ‘We are always ready for further measures that we can take but I think the most important thing about further measures is we continue on the track that we are on of targeting the virus.

‘The difference between now and the first lockdown is we are in a much better place to really focus on where the virus is the greatest and I think that is right, not only in scientific and virus management terms, I think in terms of the way people feel about tackling the virus it is fair, it fits the natural justice that we are focusing on the areas where the uptick is the greatest and we are not taking a one-size-fits-all approach or a blanket approach or a blunt approach.’

Mr Raab said the Government wanted to avoid the ‘arbitrariness of a blanket approach’ as he claimed the public favour targeted restrictions. 

However, he did not rule out eventually having to impose a national lockdown after France and Germany made the move earlier this week. 

He said: ‘You mention France. France of course tried a localised approach and then fell back on the national approach.

‘What I think that shows you, Germany is the same, is how important it is that we all rally together at local level through to national level, communities, local leaders, national leaders, and really lean in to the localised focused approach.

‘That is the most effective way to tackle the virus and avoid the blanket approach which I don’t think would be in the best interests of this country and which we are striving to avoid.’

Mr Raab said it is ‘crucially important’ to ‘carry the public with us’ and that he believed the Government’s tiered approach is the best way to do that. 

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Scientists have warned the second wave of coronavirus could result in 85,000 deaths, almost double the number of victims from the first epidemic

Covid-19 hospital admissions jump by a THIRD in a week as official data shows they are rising quickest in the south of England

Hospital admissions for Covid-19 patients surged by 33 per cent in just seven days, official data reveals.

The biggest spike was recorded in the South of England, amid warnings the spread of infections is gathering steam in the region. Admissions jumped by 53 per cent in the South East.

There were 6,661 infected patients sent to hospitals in England in the week ending October 25, compared to 5,009 new admissions the week before. The number of patients hooked up to mechanical ventilators also rose 25 per cent in the same time frame, jumping from 3,298 to 4,122.

It can take Covid patients several weeks to fall severely ill and need NHS treatment, meaning the consequences of spikes in cases are only just beginning to be felt. 

It comes after the Government was warned by officials yesterday that space in all hospitals – including Nightingales – could run out on December 17, unless further action is taken to curb the rising tide of infections.

The warning will pile more pressure on Boris Johnson to act, and comes after SAGE projected the second wave could be deadlier than the first and lead to 85,000 deaths.

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‘Carrying the public with us is crucially important and the longer this pandemic goes on, every country is experiencing the same thing, the more challenging it is,’ he said. 

‘But the best means of carrying the public with us is that they understand intuitively, even if it feels difficult in their area or whether it is on the business side or the domestic side, that they know we are targeting the virus where it is the greatest threat.’

Mr Raab’s comments came as local leaders said it is ‘inevitable’ that Tier Three restrictions will soon be imposed on Birmingham. 

Many areas in the East and West Midlands are currently in Tier Two but Councillor Ian Ward, the leader of Birmingham City Council, said yesterday a move to Tier Three is on the cards even if it is not ‘imminent’. 

He said: ‘Given the rising case rate and other factors, a move to Tier Three would seem to be inevitable at some stage and I’m talking to the other met (council) leaders, MPs and public health officials on a daily basis as we put our asks together for moving into Tier Three.

‘That’s because we want the Government to work with us to protect lives, jobs and the economy.

‘We don’t want imposition without negotiation. But I have certainly not said that we are going into Tier Three imminently. That’s not currently the case.’  

Health experts are warning that the UK’s three tier system is not enough to ‘get on top of the numbers’, with deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam reportedly beginning to change his mind over whether regional lockdowns will suppress the virus. He backed the move at a Number 10 press conference last week.

Presenting what one source called ‘very, very bleak’ data to a meeting of Covid-O, the Cabinet subcommittee on coronavirus, Mr Van Tam said that daily hospital admissions had now reached the highest level since April at 1,404.  

There are fears that the whole country will be at Tier Three by Christmas, scuppering family get togethers, unless urgent action is taken now. 

Experts believe that allowing people to visit family at Christmas will be a ‘spreading event’ that could cause a spike in infections many times worse than that caused by the return of university students to campuses earlier this year. 

Boris Johnson is facing renewed pressure from his medical officers to impose a nation-wide shutdown before and after Christmas in a bid to allow families to gather over the holidays

Boris Johnson is facing renewed pressure from his medical officers to impose a nation-wide shutdown before and after Christmas in a bid to allow families to gather over the holidays

Boris Johnson is facing renewed pressure from his medical officers to impose a nation-wide shutdown before and after Christmas in a bid to allow families to gather over the holidays

London could be plunged into Tier 3 lockdown within two weeks as England creeped closer towards full national lockdown by the back door last night, with millions told they will face extra curbs

London could be plunged into Tier 3 lockdown within two weeks as England creeped closer towards full national lockdown by the back door last night, with millions told they will face extra curbs

London could be plunged into Tier 3 lockdown within two weeks as England creeped closer towards full national lockdown by the back door last night, with millions told they will face extra curbs

More than TWO MILLION workers were STILL on furlough by mid-October

Nearly one in every 13 workers in the UK may have been on furlough as of mid-October, just weeks before the Government support scheme comes to an end this weekend.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed 7.5% of the workforce was receiving support from the Government between October 5 and 18, which would be equivalent to more than two million people.

The figures are experimental and based on reports from trading businesses who responded to an ONS survey.

This is a sharp fall from June 1 to 14, when 29.5% of the country’s workers were benefitting from the scheme, while the number of jobs furloughed peaked at 8.9 million in early May.

Between March and August the Government covered 80% of the salaries of all employees who had been furloughed, with no cost to the employer under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

But from the beginning of September, employers had to step in to cover 10% of the funding, up to a maximum of £312.50 a month. In October, this employer contribution doubled.

The furlough scheme will be replaced with the less generous Job Support Scheme on November 1, and will cover employees doing 20% of their usual work who will receive at least 73% of their usual pay. 

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But some believe that introducing national restrictions before and after Christmas, while lifting them for the big day, could help minimise the impact. 

One senior health official told the Telegraph that anti-Covid measures were most likely to be successful if they were taken on a national basis rather than toughening up the rules for Tier Three. 

They added that a post-Christmas ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown could also help reverse numbers and curb rising numbers of hospitalisations as fears spread that Britain’s ICUs could be overrun.

‘Releasing measures for two days is unlikely to cause a big upswing,’ a source said.

‘But it won’t do nothing. Christmas brings people from all over the country to sit inside together, so its quite likely to be a spreading event.

‘But people want to see their loved ones and they want to make physical contact, and we have to recognise that.’ 

Almost 60 per cent of the population – around 32.6 million – will be under stricter rules by Monday, and it is thought London could be moved into the top tier in two weeks unless infection rates drop significantly.

Sixteen areas will move into the ‘high risk’ Tier Two at midnight including Oxford, Luton, East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston Upon Hull, Derbyshire Dales, Derby and Staffordshire

That means that more than 21.6 million face the restrictions that include a ban on socialising indoors with anyone from another household, whether at home or in bars, restaurants and cafes.

It comes after SAGE piled fresh pressure on the Prime Minister to impose tougher restrictions as it warned up to 85,000 people could die in a second wave. 

A ‘reasonable worst case scenario’ put forward by SAGE suggested daily deaths could remain above 500 for three months or more until March next year.

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