Burnham trying to hold Government ‘over a barrel’ by resisting Tier 3 – Raab

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is trying to "hold the Government over a barrel" by resisting tougher coronavirus restrictions, the Foreign Secretary has claimed.

Dominic Raab said more action was needed in the North West city to avoid a second national lockdown and urged Mr Burnham to "do the right thing by the people of Manchester".

A furious political row between local politicians and Westminster has so far prevented Greater Manchester being moved into Tier 3 – the most severe restrictions.

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BLACKWOOD, WALES - OCTOBER 24: A general view of a supermarket which has used mannequins and advertisements to cordon off non essential goods which are restricted from sale under the Welsh firebreak lockdown restrictions on October 24, 2020 in Blackwood, Wales. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
People wearing masks because of the coronavirus pandemic are seen in the centre of Cardiff on October 23, 2020, hours before Wales goes into a two-week lockdown. - Millions more people headed into coronavirus lockdowns in Britain on Friday, as the government boosted a jobs support package but acknowledged failures in a hugely expensive testing programme. The devolved government in Wales ordered its 3.1 million people to stay at home from 6:00 pm (1700 GMT), closing non-food retailers, cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels for two weeks. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)
Two pedestrians walk over a sign painted on the street to advise people to social distance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Soho London, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Workers close up a restaurant in central Cardiff, Friday Oct. 23, 2020, as a two-week “firebreak” lockdown starts Friday and will shutter all non-essential shops and ban most trips outside home. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
People out and about in Old Compton Street in London, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
MANCHESTER, Oct. 23, 2020 -- A woman walks across a footbridge in the city center of Manchester, Britain, on Oct. 23, 2020. Another 20,530 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 830,998, according to official figures released Friday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday said that Greater Manchester will move into Tier Three, the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions, from midnight on Thursday. (Photo by Jon Super/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Jon Super via Getty Images)
A general view of the City of London from the south bank of the River Thames in London, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Michele Gee takes a photograph of 'The Wing and A Prayer', an installation of 10,000 angels at Ripon Cathedral, designed during the COVID-19 lockdown to support the community through prayer. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
People queue outside a bar in central Manchester, England, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, as strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest urban area, Greater Manchester, will start at midnight. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Furniture is cleared away outside a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter as strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest urban area, Greater Manchester, will start at midnight, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Traffic passes a COVID-19 sign informing drivers of the "firebreak" lockdown which comes into force from 6:00 pm (1700 GMT), closing non-food retailers, cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels for two weeks in a bid to reduce soaring coronavirus cases on October 23, 2020 in Cardiff. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)
People walk past the empty Southern Pavilion cafe on Worthing Pier, West Sussex, on another sunny day as businesses in the UK continue to suffer from the Coronavirus pandemic.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Busker Tony Black turns his "smiley" face mask upside down to reflect the current mood as he entertains shoppers on October 22, 2020 in Sheffield, England. The county of South Yorkshire, which includes the city of Sheffield will move to Tier 3 'Very High' Covid-19 alert on Saturday. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak hosts a roundtable meeting for business representatives at a branch of the Franco Manca chain pizza restaurant in London on October 22, 2020. - The Chancellor announced on October 22 a new support package for businesses affected by Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions, the 'high' alert level which effects places like London and Birmingham, which include subsidies for pubs and restaurants. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEFAN ROUSSEAU/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A person wearing a face mask walks down Market street in Manchester. Stringent Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions have been imposed on the Greater Manchester area after negotiations between ministers and local leaders broke down after more than a week.
A man wearing a face mask to try to curb the spread of coronavirus holds a British union flag umbrella on Westminster Bridge in central London, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The South Yorkshire region of northern England is being placed under the country's tightest restrictions to curb the coronavirus — joining a densely populated swathe of the country where the measures have been imposed despite protests from local politicians. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A coronavirus advice sign in Sheffield city centre, as South Yorkshire is the latest region to be placed into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions, which will come into effect on Saturday. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man on a bike rides past a sign in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The British government appeared poised Tuesday to impose strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest city after talks with officials in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on financial support for people whose livelihoods will be hit by the new measures( AP Photo/Jon Super)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: A passenger sits on a bus wearing a face mask near Waterloo Station on October 21, 2020 in London, England. The London Mayor's office has released news that the Government are proposing to extend the £15 Congestion Charge to the North and South Circular, increase Transport For London (TFL) fares in London by more than inflation and introduce a new tax on London to pay for public transport. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A woman wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks along the street in the shopping district in central Sheffield, south Yorkshire on October 21, 2020, prior to further lockdown measures as the number of novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases rises. - More than a million people in northern England will be banned from mixing with other households under tougher new coronavirus rules announced by government minister Robert Jenrick on Wednesday. The county of South Yorkshire, which includes the city of Sheffield, will enter into "very high alert" restrictions from 12.01am on Saturday (2301 Friday GMT). (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
The "Steelworker" Brick Mural by Paul Waplington, representing the past industrial boom, is pictured in central Sheffield, south Yorkshire on October 21, 2020, prior to further lockdown measures as the number of novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases rises. - More than a million people in northern England will be banned from mixing with other households under tougher new coronavirus rules announced by government minister Robert Jenrick on Wednesday. The county of South Yorkshire, which includes the city of Sheffield, will enter into "very high alert" restrictions from 12.01am on Saturday (2301 Friday GMT). (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A mural depicting a health worker by artist Peter Barber in Manchester as the Government is preparing to impose stringent new coronavirus controls on 2.8 million people after talks with the local leaders for Greater Manchester failed to reach agreement. Leaders have been given until midday on Tuesday to reach a deal, or face unilateral Government action, after 10 days of negotiations failed to reach an agreement. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
A person wearing a face mask walks past a sign on Theatre Impossible in Manchester as the Government is preparing to impose stringent new coronavirus controls on 2.8 million people after talks with the local leaders for Greater Manchester failed to reach agreement. Leaders have been given until midday on Tuesday to reach a deal, or face unilateral Government action, after 10 days of negotiations failed to reach an agreement. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge meet pharmacist Joyce Duah as they visit St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, to mark the launch of the nationwide 'Hold Still' community photography project, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday met a small number of staff from the hospital, including pharmacist and photographer Joyce Duah and the two pharmacy technician colleagues she photographed writing on their PPE as they put it on, in a photograph that was selected to be in the set of 100 images taken during the coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)
Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak leaves 11 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
The Central Bar in Ballycastle, County Antrim which is closed due to Covid restrictions. (Photo by Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: A banner calling for a "Northern Republic Now' hangs from a pedestrian bridge over Princes Park Way October 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester's leaders including Mayor Andy Burnham will want better financial arrangements for workers affected before they agree for the region to be moved into Tier 3 Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A man cycles past anti-lockdown graffiti in Manchester, England, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 as the row over Greater Manchester region's coronavirus status continues. Britain’s government says discussions about implementing stricter restrictions in Greater Manchester must be completed Monday because the public health threat caused by rising COVID-19 infections is serious and getting worse. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Hospitality workers protest in Parliament Square in London, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Hospitality workers are demonstrating outside Parliament against tougher coronavirus restrictions and the amount of financial support given by the government to the industry.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Hospitality workers beat their pans to protest in Parliament Square in London, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Hospitality workers are demonstrating outside Parliament against tougher coronavirus restrictions and the amount of financial support given by the government to the industry.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A pedestrian passes a mural to NHS workers in Manchester, northwest England as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases on October 19, 2020 - (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Staff from Chopstix Noodle Bar hand out food parcels from a WWII tracked vehicle to self-isolating students from Manchester Metropolitan University at Cambridge Halls, part of the All Saints students living accommodation blocks, in Manchester. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 19: First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford speaks during a press conference after the Welsh cabinet announced that Wales will go into national lockdown from Friday until 9 November, at the Welsh Government building in Cathays Park on October 19, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Cases of Covid-19 continue to rise in Wales even in areas that are already subject to restrictions. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
YORK, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: A man dressed as Darth Vader from Star Wars walks through York's famous Shambles street on October 18, 2020 in York, England. York city has become another of England’s high risk areas placed under 'Tier 2' coronavirus lockdown measures as Government data indicates the R number range for the whole of the UK had increased slightly from between 1.2 and 1.5 last week to 1.3 and 1.5. Most notably the change will introduce a ban on people from different households from mixing anywhere indoors, prompting particular concern within the already badly-affected hospitality industry. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
YORK, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: A crew member looks from the wheel house of a river cruise boat on the River Ouse in York on October 18, 2020 in York, England. York city has become another of England’s high risk areas placed under 'Tier 2' coronavirus lockdown measures as Government data indicates the R number range for the whole of the UK had increased slightly from between 1.2 and 1.5 last week to 1.3 and 1.5. Most notably the change will introduce a ban on people from different households from mixing anywhere indoors, prompting particular concern within the already badly-affected hospitality industry. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A member of bar staff puts the outdoor seating in place as the pub opens in the Soho district of London on October 18, 2020, as further restrictions come into force to combat the rising numbers of novel coronavirus covid-19 cases. - Britain's pub industry is bearing the brunt of new restrictions introduced to combat rising coronavirus infection rates. Soaring rates in north-west England have forced stringent restrictions, with pubs only allowed to serve alcohol as part of sit-down meals. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
An anti-lockdown activist argues with police officers on Swiss Court, beside Leicester Square, in London, England, on October 17, 2020. Today sees the first day of 'Tier 2' coronavirus lockdown measures across London, meaning 'high' alert for covid-19. Most notably the change introduces a ban on people from different households from mixing anywhere indoors, generating particular concern within the already struggling hospitality industry. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Police officers take into custody some protesters as members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Members of StandUpX stage a protest against coronavirus (Covid-19) measures and vaccine despite social gatherings of more than six people are not be allowed within Covid-19 measures in London, United Kingdom on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
People enjoy a punt trip along the River Cam in Cambridge, where 223 students resident in the University of Cambridge's Homerton College have been asked to self-isolate following 18 positive cases of Covid-19. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man wearing a facemask walks past a mural painted as part of the Cities of Hope festival in 2016 and highlighting the effects of mental health, in Ancoats, northern Manchester on October 16, 2020, as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 rises. - The government on Thursday announced more stringent measures but as ministers tightened the screw on social interaction to cut close-contact transmission, they sparked a furious row with leaders in northwest England, where infection rates are highest. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of being "willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses here to try and save them elsewhere". (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A man wearing a face-mask walks past graffiti declaring that 'the north is not a petri dish' after Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham threatened legal action if Tier 3 restrictions are imposed on the city without agreement, in Picadilly Gardens, central Manchester on October 16, 2020, as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 rises. - The government on Thursday announced more stringent measures but as ministers tightened the screw on social interaction to cut close-contact transmission, they sparked a furious row with leaders in northwest England, where infection rates are highest. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of being "willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses here to try and save them elsewhere". (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Commuters wear face-masks during morning rush hour on the Victoria Line of the London Underground in central London on October 16, 2020, as the number of novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases. - Roughly half of England is now under tougher coronavirus restrictions, after the government on Thursday announced more stringent measures for London and seven other areas to try to cut surging numbers of cases. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, Oct. 15, 2020 -- A woman wearing a face mask walks past a sculpture of Sherlock Holme in London, Britain, on Oct. 15, 2020. Another 18,980 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 673,622, according to official figures released Thursday. The latest figures were released as the British capital, along with some other areas, is placed in a higher level of the government's alert system. (Photo by Han Yan/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Han Yan via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks to try to curb the spread of coronavirus walk past an image for "Back to the Future the Musical" on a shutter outside the Adelphi Theatre in London, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he expects the government will move the UK capital to a higher level of COVID-19 restrictions later Thursday. The move comes as infection rates in the capital are rising.  Khan says the city will soon reach an average of 100 cases per 100,000, a level some boroughs have already surpassed. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaking to the media outside the Central Library in Manchester, he has threatened legal action if Tier 3 restrictions are imposed without agreement. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Customers have their temperature checked before entering premises on October 15, 2020 in London, England. The city is on course for an imminent tightening of coronavirus restrictions, as cases continue to rise in Britain and its response fragments. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
People walk across the London Millennium Footbridge, in London, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. London will be moved into a coronavirus Tier 2 lockdown as part of the British governments new alert system for rising case numbers, starting midnight local time on Friday night into Saturday. The new restrictions will include stopping different households from mixing indoors and people should aim to avoid public transport if they can. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
With new local coronavirus lockdown measures now in place and Birmingham currently set at 'Tier 2' or 'high', a souvenir shop selling Union Jack face masks in the city centre on 14th October 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. This is the first day of the new three tier system in the UK which has levels: 'medium', which includes the rule of six, 'high', which will cover most areas under current restrictions; and 'very high' for those areas with particularly high case numbers. Meanwhile there have been calls by politicians for a 'circuit breaker' complete lockdown to be announced to help the growing spread of the Covid-19 virus. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, arrives to visit the Institute of Reproductive and Development Biology, at Imperial College in London, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The Duchess of Cambridge visited the London research centre to hear about the work that national charity Tommy's are doing to reduce rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings, are pictured on a sign outside the James Atherton Pub in New Brighton' which has been re-named "The Three Bellends" in protest against new local lockdown measures in New Brighton on October 14, 2020 in Liverpool, England. The Liverpool City Region was placed into the highest tier of the government's new three-tier system to assess Covid-19 risk, a designation which forced the area to close pubs and ban household mixing, among other restrictions. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Shoppers walk down Oxford Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Unemployment across the U.K. rose sharply in August which is a clear indication that the jobless rate is set to spike higher when a government salary-support scheme ends this month and new restrictions are imposed on local areas to suppress a resurgence of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street wearing a face mask on his way to Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) at the House of Commons in London, England, on October 14, 2020. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Pedestrian wearing facemasks walk past advertising for facemasks in central Liverpool, north west England on October 14, 2020, as new local lockdown measures come in to force to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - The northwest city of Liverpool -- the only place put into the highest category -- will see a ban on household mixing and pub closures from today for at least four weeks. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A man wearing a face mask in Belfast city centre, Northern Ireland, after the Stormont executive announced closures of schools, pubs and restaurants as the region enters a period of intensified coronavirus restrictions in response to spiralling infection rates. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man cleans a window Nottingham city centre, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a new three-tier system of alert levels for England following rising coronavirus cases and hospital admissions. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
A Member of the public walks past the The Eagle Coaching Inn in Broughty Ferry which has graffiti written on boarding over the windows after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man wears a facemask in Manchester, north west England on October 13, 2020, as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continue to rise. - The British government faced renewed pressure on October 13, after indications it had ignored scientific advice three weeks ago for tougher restrictions to cut rising coronavirus infections. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Actors and extras pictured during filming of The Batman movie which is taking place this week outside St. George's Hall on October 13, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Filming for the reboot film in the Batman series, directed by Matt Reeves, began in January 2020 but was put on hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. It is now due for release in 2020 with Robert Pattinson playing Batman. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Getty Images)
A woman wearing a facemask walks past a poster urging people to wear face coverings, in Manchester, north west England on October 13, 2020, as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continue to rise. - The British government faced renewed pressure on October 13, after indications it had ignored scientific advice three weeks ago for tougher restrictions to cut rising coronavirus infections. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the entertainment industry stand on Matthew Street in Liverpool, England, Monday Oct. 12, 2020, during a show of support for the hard hit sector as Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays out a new three-tier alert system for England. The British government is set to announce new restrictions on business and socializing in major northern England cities with high infection rates, under a plan to put areas into three tiers. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on October 12, 2020, after announcing a new COVID-19 alert system. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered pubs in Liverpool to shut as part of a new strategy to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases, as staff at three field hospitals across the country were told to prepare for a wave of admissions. The northwest English city is the first to be placed at "very high risk" under a new three-tiered system designed to bring order what has become a complex web of local restrictions. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of staff pours a drink in the Richmond pub as the TV screen shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivering a statement from the House of Commons, in Liverpool, England, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The mayor of Liverpool says his city will be placed under the most stringent level of restrictions in a new three-tier system of measures to slow the transmission of the coronavirus in England. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
People sit in the Dispensary pub in Liverpool, England, Monday Oct 12, 2020. The British government has carved England into three tiers of risk in a bid to slow the spread of a resurgent coronavirus. The northern city of Liverpool is in the highest category and will close pubs, gyms and betting shops. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
People out socialising in Liverpool city centre, ahead of the 10pm curfew that pubs and restaurants are subject to in order to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England. Cities in northern England and other areas suffering a surge in Covid-19 cases may have pubs and restaurants temporarily closed to combat the spread of the virus.
People queuing outside a convenience store in Soho, central London, after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in England.
Retired British Airways Boeing 747-400 parked at Cotsworld Airport in Kemble, England, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The retirement of the Jumbo Jet fleet was brought forward as a result of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the airline and the aviation sector. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Shoppers enjoy a Saturday afternoon beneath newly installed Christmas decorations on 10 October 2020 in Windsor, United Kingdom. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has seen a significant rise in the COVID-19 infection rate over the past week, giving it the second-highest infection rate in South-East England outside London. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 10: Police officers stand guard as members of StandUpX stage a protest against Covid-19 measures and vaccine as they march from Hyde Park to 10 Downing Street passing through Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom on October 10, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds a placard at a protest action against restrictions imposed during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, outside Downing Street, central London on October 10, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected next week to outline a new three-tier lockdown system as rates of coronavirus infection surge particularly in northern England. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Jim Connell sets up signs at a new walk-through Covid test centre at The Engine Shed, Stirling, which opens to the public today. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
An employee pulls a pint in the Tib Street Tavern in Manchester, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announces the government will pay two thirds of the wages of staff in pubs, restaurants and other businesses if they are forced to close under new coronavirus restrictions. Cities in northern England and other areas suffering a surge in Covid-19 cases may have pubs and restaurants temporarily closed to combat the spread of the virus. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman walks past a positive slogan printed on a wall in central Nottingham in central England on October 9, 2020. - Pubs and restaurants in coronavirus hotspots look set to face fresh restrictions after Downing Street said new data suggests there is "significant" transmission taking place in hospitality settings. A "range of measures" is being looked at, with a particular focus on northern England, where it says infection rates are rising fastest. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Workers sit outside a cafe during their lunch break in London, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The British economy grew by far less than anticipated during August, raising concerns that the recovery from the coronavirus recession was already stuttering even before the reimposition of an array of lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Notice in the Cineworld Leicester Square, London, confirming it is closed until further notice after owner Cineworld shut hundreds of sites following the financial impact of the pandemic. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Environmentalists, including members of Extinction Rebellion protest against the High Speed 2 project at Euston Station, London, England on October 9, 2020. Activists point that the construction of HS2 will cause more greenhouse emission than a 100 years of use of current means of transport which it replaces. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A woman rests sits with shopping next to a statue of Paddington Bear in London, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The British economy grew by far less than anticipated during August, raising concerns that the recovery from the coronavirus recession was already stuttering even before the reimposition of an array of lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in her role as President, Royal Voluntary Service, wears a facemask and faceshield as she serves lunch to Doris Winfield, 86, during her visit to the Royal Voluntary Service Mill End lunch club in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire on October 8, 2020, to meet volunteers who have overcome recent challenges posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic to reinstate the much-needed lunch sessions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW MATTHEWS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
TfL Transport Support and Enforcement Officer presence at King's Cross underground station, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
DORCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Mark Chilcott checks on his turkeys at his farm on October 07, 2020 in Owermoigne, United Kingdom. Mark Chilcott of free-range Chilcott Turkeys farm has reared 1200 smaller turkeys to cater for the low demand for large birds due to the COVID-19 Rule of Six and smaller gatherings this coming Christmas. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
NORTHWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 06: A mannequin wearing a face mask and nurse's uniform stands next to a sign supporting the NHS, stands in a field during the Covid-19 pandemic on October 06, 2020 in Northwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Men and woman in protective face masks are seen during their lunch break at Canary Wharf financial skyscrapers hub as the second wave of Coronavirus hits London, England on October 6, 2020. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A sign in the window of the student accommodation at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham. Health officials are expecting the city to be placed in lockdown after a surge in Covid-19 cases. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: People wearing face masks walk past fast food stalls on October 06, 2020 in Blackpool, England. This year to help boost the tourism trade, which has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Blackpool Illuminations will remain on display until January, two months longer than normal. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A woman wearing a face in Nottingham. Health officials are expecting the city to be placed in lockdown after a surge in Covid-19 cases. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge gestures during a visit to the University of Derby to meet first-year students and to hear how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the start of their undergraduate life, in Derby, England, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. The Duchess also checked what measures have been put in place on campus to support their mental health, ahead of World Mental Health Day on Saturday. (Arthur Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Actress Jennifer Saunders speaks to the media following a 'silent stand' outside the Gielgud Theatre, London, Monday Oct. 5, 2020, on behalf of the UK theatre industry. The two minute stand is to show solidarity with those in the UK theatre industry who have lost their jobs and received no government support, to highlight the lack of government guidance for the reopening of theatres, an to ask the government to provide the industry with a date when theatres can reopen without social distancing. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Ciara McCartney walks past a face covering display at Innisfree Newsagents in Belfast. (Photo by Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images)
A handful of people sit and eat in the sun at lunchtime near City Hall, in central London, after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R), wearing a face covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks with Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy Greg Jackson, during his visit to the headquarters of energy supplier Octopus Energy in London on October 05, 2020. - The visit coincides with the company's plan to create 1,000 new technology jobs across sites in England. (Photo by Leon Neal / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEON NEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 05: Footprint markers facing in opposite directions and spread apart to show how to socially distance are seen on the floor of an elevator on October 05, 2020 in London, England. Many companies are still choosing to keep their staff at home due to the continued threat of COVID-19 infection, despite attempts by the government to get people back into their offices. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
A member of the public wearing a face covering to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus passes COVID-19 public information displays on 4 October 2020 in Slough, United Kingdom. Slough Borough Council confirmed on 2nd October that its coronavirus infection rate is the highest in the south of England and Slough MP Tan Dhesi asked Health Secretary Matt Hancock in Parliament whether the local test centre in Montem Lane could be reverted to permit walk-in and drive-in visits without an appointment. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 04: A general view of the Cineworld cinema on October 4, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. The cinema is drawing up plans to close all 128 of its cinemas, putting 5,500 jobs at risk, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused the latest James Bond film No Time to Die to be delayed until April. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
People shelter from the rain in Soho, London, ahead of the 10pm curfew pubs and restaurants are subject to in order to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A protester demonstrates against Coronavirus lockdown in front of Downing Street as second wave of the pandemic hits the city in London, Engladn on October 3, 2020 (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Stand Up To Racism organisation members protest against proposed by the government offshore detention centres for asylum seekers in front of Downing Street in London, England on October 3, 2020 (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A protester holds a sign at an anti-lockdown protest in Old Market Square, Nottingham, after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in England. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Mr Burnham has said that what is proposed goes far beyond just closing pubs and bars and is not guaranteed to bring the outbreak under control. MPs and other council chiefs have also criticised the plan.

But the Foreign Secretary insisted tougher restrictions were needed to control the rise in coronavirus cases.

He told BBC Breakfast: "Ultimately we need to take action – we can't have a situation as we have seen in Manchester where Andy Burnham is effectively trying to hold the Government over a barrel over money and politics when actually we need to take action.

"The cases there are 470 per 100,000, so it is very serious, and we must take action in the interest of the people of Manchester and the wider area, and if we take those targeted actions in those areas most affected... we get through this and we avoid the national level lockdown."

Mr Burnham, responding on Twitter, said: "It's not about what we want for ourselves, Dominic Raab. It's about what we want for low-paid and self-employed people everywhere: fairness."

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Covid-19 restrictions in England (PA Graphics)

Liverpool City Region is the only area of England currently under Tier 3, but the latest figures suggest the weekly rate of new cases continues to rise.

For the seven days to October 11 it stood at 676.6 per 100,000 people. This is up from 580.1 in the week before (seven days to October 4), and 342.7 the week before that (seven days to September 27).

By contrast the weekly rate for Manchester has fallen. It was 473.0 cases per 100,000 people in the week to October 11, down from 558.0 in the week to October 4. Before that, in the week to September 27, it was 307.5.

Meanwhile, separate figures presented to Government scientists suggested around 47,000 Covid-19 infections are occurring daily across England, with deaths expected to hit 240 to 690 per day by October 26.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) biostatistics unit at Cambridge University published new predictions on October 12 on how fast the epidemic is growing across the country.

In a report, the MRC said: "Our current estimate of the number of infections occurring each day across England is 47,000.

"We predict that the number of deaths each day is likely to be between 240 and 690 on October 26."

They said the daily number of infections was within the range of 28,900 to 74,900 per day, with the best estimate being 47,000.

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Daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK (PA Graphics)

The latest Government figures showed 18,980 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases as of 9am on Thursday, while a further 138 deaths were reported.

Half the population of England – 26.7 million people – will face stricter lockdown coronavirus measures from Saturday.

London will move into Tier 2 of the alert system from midnight on Friday, banning people from separate households mixing indoors – including in pubs and restaurants.

Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will also move into the second tier of measures.

However, the Government's measures have been criticised by scientists.

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A man wearing a face shield in London (PA)

Professor Jeremy Farrar, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said the ongoing division between Westminster and local leaders is "very damaging to public health".

Speaking to the BBC's Newscast podcast, Prof Farrar said the tightest restrictions currently in place were not enough, and warned the longer the Government left employing more stringent restrictions, the greater the potential pressure on the NHS.

Professor Graham Medley, an expert in infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and member of Sage, said that in terms of healthcare "some areas are going to be back to the same kind of position they were at the end of March".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We are struggling at the moment to understand how we're balancing that imperative of having to prevent healthcare being completely overwhelmed, and yet how to mitigate against the damage caused by the intervention, which of course is huge."

Elsewhere:

– Northern Ireland will enter the toughest controls in the UK so far with pubs and restaurants to close for four weeks as of Friday evening while schools face a two-week shutdown.

– Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said a ban proposed by the Welsh Government – due to come into force at 6pm on Friday – on people entering the country from UK coronavirus hotspots "risks stirring division and confusion".

– Nicola Sturgeon said a new tiered system in Scotland will "strengthen our resilience to live with this virus" when it replaces temporary measures due to end on October 25.

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