• people's tolerance of the restrictions is not what it was
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:50
  • "The R is not that much above 1". @BorisJohnson ends the press conference trying to offer hope that if we follow the new restrictions the incidence of the virus will start to fall soonish. Not sure if it was wise to end with a "it's not so bad" message, given that...
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:50
  • in nipping the infection surge in the bud (as it were)
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:50
  • Van Tam just succeeded in undermining his own support for @BorisJohnson's regionally differentiated coronavirus policy, by saying that it is appropriate for where we are now, but adding that a national lockdown imposed three or so weeks ago would have been more effective...
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:50
  • Van Tam says that the trend in deaths will "unfortunately" continue upwards
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:40
  • "We may have to push on the pedal a little harder to get the virus under control" says van Tam, when asked by @tnewtondunn whether there may have to be tougher measures or fullscale local lockdowns imposed on high infection regions
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:40
  • .@BorisJohnson tells @carldinnen "we will keep talking to Andy Burnham and his teams"
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:30
  • Van Tam (part of his "answer in four parts") - "do I think it is appropriate on similar hard measures..." in whole country "that is a national fire break, no I don't thing that is right". He underwrites @BorisJohnson's regional approach
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:30
  • .@BorisJohnson is refusing to confirm that the £60m offer to Burnham to support local businesses and workers will still be provided
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:25
  • Amidst all the bad news, it is important to note that the infection is falling in more England areas than was happening at the beginning of October - as van Tam confirmed when showing these charts https://t.co/GxQQmTzCIJ
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 16:20
  • The point is that these deaths stem from the much lower rates of infections we were seeing three or so weeks ago. Which is why they are so shocking
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 15:55
  • These 241 deaths represent a shocking increase in numbers of deaths - and is hard to correlate with the numbers of people recorded with coronavirus and against a backdrop of care and treatments supposedly much better than in spring. Very odd and troubling https://t.co/pG54u7EQVf
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 15:50
  • because of £5m, which is less than a drop in the ocean of the £200bn already committed by government to the coronarvirus crisis. I fear the impression will be created of chaos at a time when what's needed is solidarity
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 15:50
  • to businesses and employees who can no longer work. But it won't say the £60m package is still there. In the meantime, most of the rest of the country probably cannot understand why central and local governments cannot agree on a decision about saving lives...
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 15:50
  • of £60m on the basis it would not undermine support he had given to Lancs and Liverpool. Burnham argued he had already compromised. Talks collapsed. Downing St tells me what matters now is imposing the Tier 3 restrictions - and insists it will take steps to limit the hurt...
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 15:50
  • Who was wrong not to close a deal over a gap of £5m - Boris Johnson or Andy Burnham? The Treasury signed off a £55m package to support businesses and employees hurt by the Tier 3 closures. Burnham said he would accept £65m. The PM personally offered Burnham a compromise...
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 15:50
  • Does anyone understand the science behind Liverpool in Tier 3 being forced to close indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, sports facilities and leisure centres and Greater Manchester in Tier 3 being allowed to keep them open?
    Robert Peston Tue 20 Oct 2020 14:35
  • You are being invited to ask a coronavirus question (see attached), which implies there could be a PM #covid19 press conference tomorrow - and it is difficult to imagine what may be announced other than more Tier 3 semi-lockdowns, including for Manchester. https://t.co/4rgbsoiu2Y
    Robert Peston Mon 19 Oct 2020 19:59
  • RT @chedwardes: A mark of how badly @BorisJohnson wanted Charles Moore to be BBC chairman is Downing St agreed that the salary for the post…
    Robert Peston Mon 19 Oct 2020 19:34
  • The UK and EU negotiators agreed to remain in "close touch" but not to negotiate. ? https://t.co/m97Esn6gDx
    Robert Peston Mon 19 Oct 2020 16:34
  • Sounds as though ?@BorisJohnson? is about to impose Tier 3 restrictions on greater Manchester in the face of ?@AndyBurnhamGM?’s continued opposition https://t.co/ZhjipVtjRq
    Robert Peston Mon 19 Oct 2020 16:29
  • These charts show how puzzling is @BorisJohnson’s response to the crisis. The first shows the West Midlands as the region showing most troubling growth in infections. The second shows Essex infections way below the England average and not growing that fast. Both in Tier 2 https://t.co/qxzoA2JhPv
    Robert Peston Mon 19 Oct 2020 16:14
  • As I said @MattHancock is focusing on rise in infections in more vulnerable over 60s population, from 171 per 100k in past week to 283.
    Robert Peston Mon 19 Oct 2020 16:09
  • encouraging that infections overall are falling
    Robert Peston Mon 19 Oct 2020 16:04
  • This chart shows very clearly why ?@AndyBurnhamGM? won’t be rushed into agreeing Tier 3, because it shows clear trend of infections falling in Manchester. ?@MattHancock?’s counter-argument is infections still rising among more vulnerable over 60s. But it is still... https://t.co/Ffv1BqDTcW
    Robert Peston Mon 19 Oct 2020 16:04
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