New lockdown system, pregnancy risk, and football shake-up.
New lockdown system, pregnancy risk and football shake-up.
Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Monday morning. We’ll have another update for you at 18:00 BST.
1.Three-tier system lockdown system
The country will be divided into “medium”,” high” and “very high”
when it comes to infection levels.
The aim is to simplify the current patchwork of restrictions, but the measures are still to be finalized.
Once they are,Boris Johnson will tell MPs in the Commons first followed by a Downing Street press conference
The Liverpool City Region is expected to become the first tier 3 area,
with the likely closure of pubs, gyms and casinos, but others could follow.
2.Advice for pregnant women.
Health experts are urging all pregnant women to take up the offer of a free flu jab as soon as possible to help protect themselves and their babies.
Anyone working in maternity departments is being given the same message.
vaccination is even more important this year because of Covid-19 ,”The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives said.
3.Economic light and shade.
The UK economy may have grown by as much as 17% in the three months to the end of September, thanks to a surge in shopping and a healthy housing market.
The optimistic prediction from forecasters at the EY Item Club comes with a sting in the tail, though.
It thinks much slower growth will come in the final three months of 2020 – possibly 1% or less – as the furlough scheme ends and unemployment rises.
The possible failure of Brexit trade talks is also casting a shadow.
Many smaller football clubs are struggling to survive without spectators but, as yet, no rescue package has been agreed.
Led by Liverpool and Manchester United,a new set of rules has been put forward which would give them an immediate bail-out and a 25% share of future Premier League revenue.
Alongside that, there’d be a major shake-up of football’s structure,
with the number of teams in the top flight cut and the longest-serving clubs handed more power.
The government and Premier League don’t like it, but our sports editor Dan Roan thinks it could help break the current impasse.