- 16 Nov 2009
Big day today for England (and in particular the North) as a quick rundown of what we can expect today Johnson is currently chairing COBRA to finalise plans, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer is expected to give a briefing at some stage this morning laying out the data that triggered this action, at 3.30pm Johnson is expected to make a statement in Parliament announcing the details (or at least the broad framework, it seems unlikely we'll be getting a list of local authorities and what tier they will be in) then finally at 6.00pm he is taking part in a press conference alongside the Chancellor and the Chief Medical Officer. Big day!
Covid: Three-tier lockdown system to be unveiled in England
New local lockdown rules for England are due to be announced later.
The Liverpool City Region is expected to face the tightest restrictions under a new "three-tier" system, which will classify regions as being on "medium", "high" or "very high" alert.
Steve Rotheram, the city region's mayor, says negotiations have taken place through the night but "no deal" has been agreed yet.
Talks between local leaders in England and Westminster continue.
Liverpool recorded 600 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending 6 October. The average for England was 74.
The Liverpool City Region includes the local authority districts of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, as well as Liverpool.
Gyms, casinos and pubs are among the businesses expected to be impacted by the top-level restrictions, with new curbs to be reviewed after a month.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is chairing a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee "to determine the final interventions".
He will then announce changes in the Commons, before speaking at a Downing Street press conference at 18:00 BST.
The prime minister is expected to be joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty.