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London despairs at new Covid rules as northern England regions rebel

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Londoners expressed confusion and doubt over new coronavirus lockdown restrictions announced Thursday that will affect millions living in the city.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the capital would move from the Tier 1 "medium" alert to Tier 2 "high" alert level from Saturday, urging London residents to support government efforts to suppress the spread of the virus.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said in a statement on Thursday that the government's " flawed and unfair strategy" was asking local authorities to "gamble our resident's jobs, homes and business and large chunk of our economy on a strategy that their own experts tell them might not work. "

Winter is coming, and the stats just show themselves -- death rate is going up, infection rate is going up, so we probably need to protect ourselves and each other coming into that time," said Ben Allcock, a 36-year-old childminder.

It's welcome but I fear it's a case of too little, too late," said Jack Duncan, the 31-year-old co-founder of a travel start-up, and no relation to Rebecca.

On top of that, scientific consensus seems to suggest a national lockdown is desperately needed," said Duncan, from Wandsworth in south London.

She said she believed a two-week national lockdown or mass testing was needed.

Sam Badcock, a 23-year-old from west London who works in marketing, said he didn't feel the Tier 2 restrictions went far enough.

The rate of Covid-19 infections is rising rapidly across the UK, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said in a statement Thursday, announcing that London and seven other regions would move up to Tier 2.

The DHSC said infection rates were rising steeply in London, with the number of cases doubling over the last 10 days.

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