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3­tier re­stric­tion sys­tem im­posed on parts of Eng­land

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LIVER­POOL/LON­DON: Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son im­posed a tiered sys­tem of fur­ther re­stric­tions on parts of Eng­land yes­ter­day, in­clud­ing shut­ting pubs, to curb an ac­cel­er­a­tion in Covid­19 cases.

John­son an­nounced a new three­tiered sys­tem in an at­tempt to stan­dard­ise a patch­work of often con­fus­ing re­stric­tions im­posed across Eng­land. Law­mak­ers will vote on the move to­day.

The lockdowns will in­clude shut­ting pubs and bars and ban­ning wed­ding re­cep­tions in ar­eas on the ‘‘very high’’ alert level from to­mor­row. The other alert lev­els in the new sys­tem are ‘‘medium’’ and ‘‘high’’.

So far, Mersey­side in north­west Eng­land — which in­cludes Liver­pool — is the only area clas­si­fied at the ‘‘very high’’ level. Gyms, leisure cen­tres, casi­nos, bet­ting shops and adult gam­ing cen­tres there would also close, John­son said.

‘‘We must act to save lives,’’ John­son told par­lia­ment, adding he did not want an­other na­tional lock­down and that he un­der­stood the frus­tra­tions of those chaf­ing at the ‘‘re­pres­sions of lib­erty’’.

Health of­fi­cials said the lat­est data showed in­fec­tions were ris­ing across the north of Eng­land and in some more southerly ar­eas too, while the virus was creep­ing up age bands to­wards the el­derly from those aged 16­29 years.

Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lous state said yes­ter­day it would ease re­stric­tions, de­spite re­port­ing the big­gest one­day jump in new Covid­19 cases in six weeks.

New South Wales said from Fri­day venues that of­fered out­door din­ing would be al­lowed to have dou­ble the num­ber of pa­trons out­side. NSW pre­vi­ously re­quired such venues to en­sure 4sq m for each pa­tron.

The eas­ing of re­stric­tions comes de­spite NSW re­port­ing 13 Covid­19 cases in the pre­vi­ous 24 hours, the big­gest one­day rise in in­fec­tions since Septem­ber 2. — Reuters

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