Coronavirus UK news – WATCH LIVE as Boris Johnson unveils plan to reverse job loses with 3.6m young Brits out of work

BORIS Johnson will announce his vision for reversing coronavirus job loses this morning – as the number of young Brits out of work his 3.6 million.

The PM will unveil a Lifetime Skills Guarantee that offers every adult without an A-level or equivalent qualification a free, fully funded college course.

You can watch the PM's announcement here, live on this page, at 11.30am.

An extra £8million will be poured into digital skills “boot camps” across the country – designed to make the economy more flexible in future downturns.

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  • COVID IMPACT ON NHS TO LAST 'SEVERAL YEARS'

    The “triple whammy” impact of covid-19 on the NHS is set to last for “several years” according to a new report.

    The NHS Confederation said in a document out today: “In recent months the NHS has made huge progress in restoring services towards previous levels.

    “However, the pandemic’s impact on the capacity of the NHS is likely to go on for several years.”

  • NHS FACING 'TRIPLE WHAMMY' OF ISSUES

    A report has revealed the NHS is facing a “triple whammy” of issues amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    The NHS Confederation has said “exhausted” NHS staff are trying to manage a “huge backlog” of patients needing care.

    They are also struggling because a second wave is hitting the country as well as local outbreaks, according to the report.

  • WHAT ARE THE NEW CORONAVIRUS RULES IN THE NORTH EAST?

    From midnight tonight residents of the North East will be fined for meeting up with another household in any setting – including pubs and restaurants.

    The areas affected are:

    • Durham (County Council area)
    • Gateshead (Metropolitan Borough Council area)
    • Newcastle (City Council area)
    • Northumberland (County Council area)
    • North Tyneside (Metropolitan District Council area)
    • South Tyneside (Metropolitan District Council area)
    • Sunderland (City Council area)

    You can read more here.

    MINISTER CONFUSED ABOUT LOCKDOWN RULES

    A minister caused confusion this morning after she was unable to say if new laws banning people from meeting friends from different households would apply outside.

    Gillian Keegan said she didn't know whether people were still allowed to meet up with others outside from tomorrow, when the locked down North East faces an even tougher crackdown.

    Parts of the North East of England including Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland will be outlawed from popping around to visit a friend for a cup of tea, or seeing their parents for lunch out.

    COVID DEATHS RISE FOR SECOND WEEK IN A ROW

    The number of deaths involving Covid-19 registered in England and Wales has risen for the second week in a row.

    A total of 139 deaths registered in the week ending September 18 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    This is up from 99 deaths in the week to September 11, and 78 deaths in the week to September 4.

    BRITS ARE HAPPIER AND LESS ANXIOUS SINCE WORKING FROM HOME

    A third of Brits are happier and less anxious working from home, according to research from consumer genetics company 23andMe.

    The data suggests that the new government guidance on avoiding the office where possible could be a blessing in disguise for many workers.

    And 39 per cent of those surveyed said they had felt less nervous being able to do presentations and public speaking online.

    Public speaking coach Shola Kaye said: “Presenting in front of strangers or colleagues can be nerve-wracking and often makes us feel vulnerable.

    “This is a stark contrast to sitting in the comfort of our own home in front of a computer screen where we feel safe and have familiar items around us.”

    LONDONERS CAN AVOID LOCKDOWN IF THEY CUT SOCIAL CONTACT

    Londoners can avoid a second lockdown if they change their behaviour, a world health chief has told the Evening Standard.

    Dr David Nabarro, a World Health Organisation coronavirus envoy for Europe, warned the capital could not escape the growing epidemic.

    He said:“You can’t stop it but we can reduce the intensity through the way in which we all behave.

    “The virus is going to resurge in most of Europe but the intensity of the surge will very much depend on whether or not people are able to make these shifts in behaviour.

    “We have seen from the lockdown that you can slow the spread of the virus through the way in which you reduce chances of people bumping into each other, it’s simply that, we have to reduce the frequency of contact between people.”

    TOUGHER RESTRICTIONS IN NORTH EAST FROM MIDNIGHT

    Tighter coronavirus measures are set to come into force in the North East from midnight tonight.

    Existing restrictions – for Northumberland, Newcastle, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham – are being tightened at the request of local councils because the virus is still spreading.

    Indoor meetings between separate households in any setting – including pubs and restaurants – will be illegal.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The incidence rate across the area is now over 100 cases per 100,000. We know that a large number of these infections are taking place in indoor settings outside the home.

    “And so at the request of the local councils, with whom we have been working closely, we will introduce legal restrictions on indoor mixing between households in any setting.”

    ANDY BURNHAM ASKING FOR BOLTON PUBS TO REOPEN

    Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham urged the Government to let Bolton's pubs and restaurants reopen, pointing to other areas that have higher infection rates but no restrictions on hospitality.

    He tweeted: “This is the problem with local restrictions. Once they're in, they tend to stay in. And the longer they're in, the more the anomalies/injustices grow.

    “Either Ministers close hospitality in places with high cases with compensation. Or let Bolton's open today. It's that simple.”

    GREGGS IN TALKS TO CUT STAFF HOURS

    High street chain Greggs has said it is in talks with staff over cutting employee hours “to minimise the risk of job losses” when the furlough scheme ends next month.

    The Newcastle-based business said it is looking to make sure its “employment costs reflect the estimated level of demand from November onwards”.

    It comes after a covid-19 outbreak erupted at a Greggs factory in the North East causing the chain to halt production last week.

    TORIES LASH OUT AT 'BIG BROTHER' FINES

    Boris Johnson has been accused of "ruling by decree" by some Conservative MPs, according to The Times.

    New offences which can demand a fine include falsely reporting that someone must quarantine and pubs playing music too loudly.

    Up to 80 Conservative MPs are prepared to back an amendment put forward by Sir Graham Brady that would give parliament the final say on new coronavirus restrictions, according to the paper.

    TENNISH RACKET

    Brits partying in the street after the 10pm pub curfew have sparked a bitter war of words between MPs over lockdown restrictions.

    The “Red Wall” Tories in northern constituencies already in partial lockdowns are leading the charge against further tightening of measures.

    But Greater Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham called for the pub curfew to be extended to off-licences and shops — with a 9pm cut-off for those selling booze.

    The former Labour Cabinet minister said the pubs-only clampdown “is doing more harm than good”.

    TURKEY PLANT OUTBREAK

    Eighteen workers at a Bernard Matthews turkey plant have tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating.

    Food production at the processing facility in Holton, near Halesworth in Suffolk, has not been affected by the outbreak.

    Around 100 staff have been tested for Covid-19 with most returning negative results and additional testing is taking place this week.

    The site has had controls in place since March to reduce coronavirus infections, including regular temperature checks, staff working in bubbles, Covid marshals, masks and visors and social distancing throughout the site.

    The majority of the 18 workers who tested positive live in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas and the cases are believed to have initiated in the community, the company said.

    MISSED SHOT

    The flu vaccine is reportedly “running out across the UK” sparking fears the elderly could miss out on their jab before the winter peak.

    A surge in demand has been triggered by the coronavirus outbreak as the Government aims to get 30 million people vaccinated to ease the strain on the NHS during a second peak of the pandemic.

    Meanwhile, high street pharmacies Boots and Lloyds have suspended bookings for those aged 65 and over while waiting lists at some GP surgeries stretch for several weeks.

    The shortage has left some of the most vulnerable people facing the prospect they may not get the jab ahead of the winter peak.

    TIGHTER LOCKDOWN MEASURES FOR LARGE PARTS OF NORTH EAST

    Tougher restrictions banning people from mixing with other households in any setting will be introduced tonight in large parts of north-east England due to a continued sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

    Existing measures – for Northumberland, Newcastle, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham – are being tightened at the request of local councils because the virus is still spreading, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

    It had been illegal for two households to mix inside or in a garden, but it was only guidance that they should not meet at public venues, including restaurants and pubs.

    Making the announcement in the House of Commons, Mr Hancock said: “Unfortunately the number of cases continues to rise sharply.

    “The incidence rate across the area is now over 100 cases per 100,000. We know that a large number of these infections are taking place in indoor settings outside the home.

    “And so at the request of the local councils, with whom we have been working closely, we will introduce legal restrictions on indoor mixing between households in any setting.”

    YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT ON THE RISE

    KATE GARRAWAY'S HUSBAND'S COVID BATTLE IS LONGEST IN THE UK

    Kate Garraway’s husband is now the country’s longest-fighting Covid-19 patient after marking six months in hospital.

    Derek Draper was hospitalised on March 28 and has just spent his 184th day in and out of intensive care.

    The former lobbyist is believed to be the longest surviving corona­virus victim in the UK still receiving treatment in hospital after such a lengthy spell.

    Tonight a friend of the popular telly presenter said: “Kate has been so brave and her strength is awe-inspiring.

    “But the truth is that progress is very, very slow. Derek has now been hospitalised for six months which makes him one of only a handful of people who have been in hospital for this long.”

    CORONAVIRUS FINES SET TO SURGE

    The government has told police to get “stuck in” and start dishing out fines to those who flout the coronavirus rules.

    Cops will move quicker to reprimand people instead of trying to “encourage” them to adhere to the restrictions.

    The move will see a surge in fines and comes amid increasing frustration from Downing Street with those who continue to ignore rules such as face masks on public transport and gathering in groups of more than six.

    It is backed by Home Secretary Priti Patel who today warned ministers “will not allow those who break the rules to reverse the hard-won progress made by the law-abiding majority”.

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    UK SEEKS TO BOOST JOB TRAINING

    Britain will launch training options for adults to learn new skills in an effort to boost productivity and help the country recover from the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday.

    The unemployment rate, already at over 4 per cent, is expected to rise further as a job subsidy scheme put in place early in the pandemic expires next month to be replaced by a scaled-back job support programme.

    “We cannot, alas, save every job. What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs,” Johnson will say in a speech, according to excerpts sent by his office.

    “We're transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain.”

    EDUCATION SECRETARY CALLED TO 'END INVISIBLE MAN ACT' OVER UNIVERSITY COVID SPIKE

    Labour has called for Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to “end his Invisible Man act” on the plight of university students as he prepares to face MPs over the spike in higher education coronavirus cases.

    Mr Williamson is due to answer an urgent question in the Commons on Tuesday after thousands of students were forced to self-isolate following a surge in cases at universities including Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan and Edinburgh Napier.

    According to university statements and local reports this month, at least 25 institutions have seen confirmed Covid-19 cases.

    Shadow education secretary Kate Green said: “After days of silence, this statement is a chance for the Education Secretary to end his Invisible Man act and begin to get to grips with the situation.

    “None of this was unforeseeable. Labour and others have warned that campuses would need access to testing.”

    UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CLAIM THEY ARE LEFT FOR DAYS WITHOUT FOOD

    University students have claimed they are being left without food for days while isolating due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

    International student Reese Chamberlain, 18, was told that he would receive three meals per day while isolating.

    However, the Edinburgh University student said that he was left without anything for two days.

    Speaking to Drivetime with John Beattie on BBC Radio Scotland, the international relations student, from New York, said it had been a disaster.

    Mr Chamberlain said: “It has been a complete disaster here at Pollock Halls.

    “I chose to study here on campus based on some key promises, that we would get food, and mental health support. None of these are happening.

    “I have gone hungry for two days – despite constant emails and phone calls pleading for food. I know others have gone without too.”

    CAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS?

    The Government has no plans to prevent university students from going home for Christmas, a minister has said.

    Health minister Jo Churchill told the Commons: “I would like to park one suggestion immediately – there are no plans to keep students at university over Christmas.

    “I really don't think either that it helps those young people, when they're learning to launch into the new phase of their life, when honourable members and right honourable members suggest that those things might happen.”

    She added that it is “better to deal with the facts”.

    GOVERNMENT IS 'PRO SPIT, PRO BREATH AND PRO POO' ON STUDENT TESTING

    A health minister has declared the Government to be “pro spit, pro breath and pro poo” in terms of testing students for coronavirus.

    The authorities were using every part of the body “to test the hell” out of those in school or at university, Lord Bethell said.

    Tory frontbencher Lord Bethell made the no-nonsense commitment as he responded to concerns raised by peers at Westminster.

    Lord Bethell said: “On testing students we are pro spit, we are pro breath and we are pro poo.

    “We are using every single bit of your body to test the hell out of you and we are going to do whatever we can to test both pupils and students.”

    TEN PEOPLE TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID IN EPL CHECKS

    Ten people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks in the English Premier League.

    A total of 1,595 players and club staff were tested last week, the league said on Monday.

    It did not disclose details of the players who were positive, but West Ham confirmed last week that three people including manager David Moyes had Covid-19.

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