UK coronavirus LIVE: England’s tier restrictions to be toughened after lockdown forward of Christmas rule change

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The tiers are expected to be strengthened to safeguard the gains made during the national lockdown, but it is understood that the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants will be altered under the new system..

It comes as Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham urged the Government not to let “everything loose” over Christmas. Instead he called for a “steady approach” that would ease pressure on NHS in January.

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South Korea to tighten social distancing rules for Seoul

South Korea will tighten coronavirus social distancing rules for the capital Seoul and nearby areas, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday the country’s prime minister said officials would consider preemptively tightening some social distancing rules as South Korea reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day.


Government to scrap 10pm curfew under new restrictions

The three tiers are expected to be strengthened to safeguard the gains made during the national lockdown but it is understood that the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants will be altered under the new system.

The Prime Minister is expected to say that, while last orders must be called at 10pm, people will get an extra hour to finish their food and drinks with opening hours to be extended until 11pm.

The Cabinet is expected to discuss and sign off the plan on Sunday before Mr Johnson announces it to Parliament the following day.


Australian Open dates to be set ‘as soon as possible’ amid Covid uncertainty

Australian Open organisers hope to finalise tournament dates “as soon as possible” amid speculation January’s event could be moved to February or March.

Current Covid-19 quarantine restrictions in Australia would make holding the first grand slam of 2021 in its planned January 18-31 slot logistically difficult.

At present, players would need to quarantine for two weeks on arrival in Australia while the state of Victoria will reportedly not allow them to enter before January 1.

That would have a big impact on warm-up tournaments and players’ general ability to train and prepare.


Japan sees record cases for fourth day in a row

The daily tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day at 2,508, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of harder hit nations. But fears are growing about another surge.

A flurry of criticism from opposition legislators and the public has slammed the government for being too slow in halting its “GoTo” tourism campaign, which encouraged travel and dining out with discounts.

Prime minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday scrapped the campaign, but only after many people had already made travel reservations for a three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan.

Airports and restaurants have been packed. Some say the government should have offered to pay for cancellations, or stepped up coronavirus testing instead, if the goal is to keep the economy going amid a pandemic.

Tutorials are circulating online on the proper way to eat and drink at restaurants while wearing masks.


PM ‘should use time in isolation to fix scheme’

Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds told the BBC that Boris Johnson should use his time in isolation to fix the system.

She said: “Many people will be astonished to find that people using the Covid-19 app can’t access support to self-isolate – even if they’re eligible for the payment.”

The Government guidance on the scheme said: “Further work is needed to determine if it will be possible to qualify for this payment, bearing in mind that app users remain anonymous.”

Katie Martin, from Citizens Advice, told the brooadcaster: “Ultimately people are facing an impossible choice often.

“They are taking a big hit on their incomes if they can’t work from home and they need to self-isolate, but they still have their bills to pay, their food shopping to do, children to care for.”


Government urged to extend isolation support grants

People asked to stay at home by the NHS app face an “impossible choice” due to differing eligibility criteria for self-isolation support grants, it is claimed.

Low-income workers asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace in England are potentially entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment, but the same money is not available to those contacted via the NHS Covid app.

The £500 payment was brought in at the end of September, and is for people on low incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result of being forced to isolate.

People told to isolate by Test and Trace are given a code which they can cite in an application for the grant from their local council.

But those told to isolate via the app, and who have not been contacted by Test and Trace, cannot claim on the scheme.


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