Boris Johnson holds press briefing on three-tier system

12 October 2020, 11:05 | Updated: 12 October 2020, 22:24

By Kate Buck

Boris Johnson has held a Downing Street press on the new three-tier Covid Alert Level system for restrictions.

He was joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

It follows a briefing by the Government's top scientists, who laid out the data behind a spike in coronavirus cases, and a statement from the Prime Minister in the Commons.

The Liverpool City Region will enter the highest alert level, with pubs, casinos, gyms and betting shops set to close from Wednesday.

Nightingale hospitals in the North of England are also being put on alert after recent figures show a significant rise in the number of hospitalisations due to the virus.

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