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Coronavirus UK: Manchester may be FORCED into lockdown at midday

Added 10-19-20 10:36:02pm EST - “Talks between the Government and local leaders in Greater Manchester ended in deadlock again today as sources say Boris Johnson feels he has 'no choice' but to act in the region.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Manchester could be plunged into lockdown at 12pm tomorrow”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Ministers are threatening to force Greater Manchester into Tier 3 lockdown at 12pm today unless local leaders agree to impose the economy-wrecking restrictions themselves.  

Up to 10 million people now face living under the toughest measures after talks on whether the region should enter the 'very high risk' Tier 3 ended in deadlock again yesterday. 

In a statement released tonight, Robert Jenrick said that he had written to local leaders giving them until midday today to reach an agreement on the introduction of Tier 3 curbs.

The Communities Secretary blamed Andy Burnham for the 'deteriorating public health situation' in Greater Manchester and warned the Government would 'take action urgently'.

But the Labour Mayor of Manchester hit back tonight, slamming Health Secretary Matt Hancock's dubious use of 'selective statistics' to spread fear and panic about the NHS being overrun. 

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