Andy Burnham expects Greater Manchester’s 2.8m residents to be in Tier 3 after lockdown

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Greater Manchester's Mayor is predicting the region will be plunged back into Tier 3 once the England lockdown ends next week.

Andy Burnham said it was 'more likely than not' the region would be placed back in the highest tier.

Speaking today in his weekly online news conference, he told residents he thought it 'unlikely' different tiers would be applied across towns and boroughs.

Such a move would send a population of 2.8million back into the toughest restrictions after months of strict rules.

The mayor said infection rates were trending down rapidly across the region, and insisted if Greater Manchester is put back into Tier 3 – it should be reviewed after two weeks.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce which areas will be going into each tier on Thursday.

Greater Manchester's area breakdown of Covid-19 cases

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The Prime Minister outlined the revised Tier 1,2 and 3 rules this week as he revealed the Government's plan for exiting lockdown.

Mr Burnham had clashed with the Tories ahead of lockdown over the push to move the region into Tier 3.

He spearheaded a rebellion by northern leaders who demanded better financial support for local economies being hammered by toughened restrictions.

He told residents of Greater Manchester Covid-19 today infection rates are falling much faster than the rest of England, reports the Manchester Evening News.

In the over-60s demographic, numbers are still above average, but coming down faster than in England in a whole, the mayor added.

Local leaders and MPs are worried about another round of Tier 3 restrictions, comparing the toughened system to the national lockdown England is already enduring.

Some Tory backbenchers have called for London to be excluded from the toughest measures, as the UK's economic 'engine,'

If consideration was given to the effect on the City, that would need to be applied to Greater Manchester too, Mr Burnham insisted today.

Bolton in Greater Manchester in lockdown after months of toughened restrictions
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his Spending Review today on the eve of the tier measures announcement.

Headline moves included handing NHS doctors and nurses will a pay rise, but 'pausing' them for the rest of the public sector next year.

England's lockdown is due to end next week on December 2, and the tier system will replace the national measures.

There will be a festive break in the measures for Christmas, the Government announced earlier.

Three households will be able to form exclusive 'bubbles' for five days over the period.

And travel restrictions will be relaxed to allow families across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to visit together.

However the PM warned people to be 'jolly careful' in considering mixing with vulnerable relatives.

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