Coronavirus UK: Manchester braces for return to tier three after England’s lockdown ends

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Manchester braces for return to Tier Three: Mayor Andy Burnham predicts government will plunge region back under toughest Covid curbs when UK-wide lockdown ends on December 2

The Mayor of Greater Manchester said today that he expects the UK Government to put the region’s 2.8 million people in the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions.

Andy Burnham said it is ‘more likely than not’ that Ministers will put his area in the ‘very high’ level when the national lockdown ends next Wednesday at 00.01am.

The 50-year-old told an online press conference this afternoon that statements from politicians in recent days suggested they would ‘err on the side of caution’.

But he added that he would want a ‘serious review’ of Greater Manchester’s position at the first review of tiering arrangements, which is due to happen after two weeks.

It follows a tense stand-off last month between the Government and the Labour former cabinet minister over whether to place the region into tier three.

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