No Lewis, the Government Did Not Announce North West Restrictions Via Twitter

Newsnight’s Lewis Goodall was clearly out of the loop last night and is responsible for this nonsense going round this morning that Hancock only announced the restrictions late last night via Twitter. That you can read about them in papers that went to print hours before Newsnight went on air suggests that he was completely wrong about it. His muddled report says more about him than Hancock:

Last night’s announcement by Matt Hancock – which was made via a pooled TV interview, not a tweet as Starmer is claiming – last night means four million North Westerners are waking up this morning to find a new semi-lockdown has been imposed, meaning families in Greater Manchester and parts of West Yorkshire can no longer meet up, either in private or in public. The full details of the semi-lockdown were released by the Department for Health last night…

This morning one northern director of Public Health told the Today programme he first learnt about the lockdown of four million people via the news.

The left – both political and press – is claiming Matt Hancock only announced the lockdown via his personal Twitter account; completely ignoring the pooled clip he did for broadcasters before the social media announcement and the statements given to newspapers earlier in the evening. Admittedly greater details would have been appreciated by everyone, with specific confusion over whether different families could meet up in public spaces like pubs and restaurants – a question eventually clarifiedtwo households should not go to hospitality together“. Some are already claiming in all seriousness that the two-family pub ban is a deliberate anti-Eid strategy by the government…

UPDATE:  Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has said this morning that Matt Hancock spoke to him and Sir Richard Lees (Manchester’s Labour leader) at tea time yesterday.

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Government Bracing for Second Virus Wave

New figures on the ‘R’ number published yesterday by the MRC Biostatistics Unit at Cambridge University show the rate of infection has risen across England in the last week. The median prediction for R in both the south east and south west is now above 1, meaning case numbers will tick up. Two weeks ago no region was above 1…

  • East of England 0.88
  • London 0.92
  • Midlands 0.78
  • North East and Yorkshire 0.90
  • North West 0.92
  • South East 1.02
  • South West 1.04

Speaking to the Today Programme, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that “at best the number of cases is flat” and that “we can see a second wave rolling across Europe”, warning that more countries may be slapped with a two week quarantine in “days”.  A new note of pessimism from the Government, where the thinking is that, as before, the UK is tracking behind Europe…

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Hancock Calls for Urgent Review into Public Health England’s Inflated COVID Death Statistics

Matt Hancock has formally called for an “urgent review” into an emerging “staggering fiasco” with PHE’s Coronavirus death count, following the revelation that the quango has been counting people dying of other causes as COVID deaths if they tested positive at any time in the past – even if the person had already recovered from Coronavirus. It’s unclear how many deaths were recorded this way…

It’s thought the current daily average death rate of 72 could be inflated by almost 100%, and fewer than 40 people per day are actually dying from COVID. Another shocking pandemic failure from Public Health England if true…

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Hancock Speaks his Mind on Gove’s Face Mask Faux Pas

Asked three or four times about Michael Gove’s failure to wear a facemask while visiting Pret yesterday, Hancock bluntly tells the Today Programme:

“I’m not, frankly, interested.”

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Hancock ‘Pleased’ With How Super Saturday Went
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Hancock: Government Will Shut Down Non-Compliant Businesses
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