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A major announcement from Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected this morning. The new restrictions will include a curfew of 10pm for pubs and restaurants. People will also be unable to socialise with anyone outside their household.
Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes explained the new rules are to prevent another full lockdown.
He said: “Unless we get on with this now, we are facing a bigger problem down the line which could end up in a full lockdown.
“It is better to try to introduce measures which will prevent that, even though that may mean some additional restrictions over the next few weeks.
“We are working with the government on a plan for what those could mean and how we can get those measures in place over the next few weeks to protect our communities and having to go into another prolonged, damaging lockdown.”
8.29am update: Care providers in England to receive more than half a billion pounds extra funding to help reduce transmission of Covid-19 during the winter
The Infection Control Fund will help pay staff full wages when they are self-isolating and ensure carers work in only one care home, reducing the risk of spreading the infection.
The fund was set up in May but has now been extended until March 2021 and will offer the sector an extra £546 million ahead of an anticipated second wave of the virus over the winter months.
The Government said that total funding for infection control measures in care homes is now more than £1.1 billion and underlines its commitment to ensure adult social care has the resources it needs to keep residents and staff safe.
It comes as stricter rules are expected to be put in place in the North East of England, following a rise in the number of coronavirus infections.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the new funding would bring « peace of mind » to many in the sector.
« From the very beginning we have done everything possible to make sure our social care system is protected and has the resources it needs to keep our brilliant workforce and those they care for safe, » he said.
« This new funding of over half a billion pounds will support not only care home residents, but also some of the most vulnerable in society living at home and in supported living.
« I know this will give peace of mind to so many, and we will set out further detail in our Adult Social Care Winter Plan this week. »
The Prime Minister admitted the new rules, including no more than six people gathering and 10pm curfews in various areas are “excessive”.
But Mr Johnson added he will ease the rules if the second hump on the cases graph, like on a camel, is “stopped in its tracks”.
He told The Sun: “All this is to say that: Christmas we want to protect, and we want everyone to have a fantastic Christmas.
“But the only way to make sure the country is able to enjoy Christmas is to be tough now. So if we can grip it now, stop the surge, arrest the spike, stop the second hump of the dromedary, flatten the second hump.
“Dromedary or camel? I can’t remember if it is a dromedary or a camel that has two humps? Umm. Please check.
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