Everything Matt Hancock said as new lockdown measures confirmed in North East

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Everything Matt Hancock said as new lockdown measures confirmed in North East

Matt Hancock has announced stricter lockdown measures in the North East in a statement to the House of Commons

The Health Secretary laid out tighter restrictions which come in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham.

The new rules – which come into force on Friday – include a ban on socialising with anyone outside your household, and a curfew for pubs and restaurants.

Here’s everything Mr Hancock said…

North East lockdown

“From tomorrow, in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham, residents should not socialise with other people outside their own households or support bubble.

“Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only and late-night restrictions on operating hours will be introduced so leisure and entertainment venues must close between 10pm and 5am.

“Like many other countries around the world, we’re continuing to see a concerning rise in cases with 3,991 new cases recorded yesterday.

“And this week the number of patients in mechanical ventilator beds has risen above 100 for the first time since July.

“The battle against coronavirus is not over.

“I know, the whole House knows, that these decisions have a real impact on families, on businesses and on local communities and I can tell everyone affected that we do not take these decisions lightly.

“We agree with the local councils that we must follow the data and act and the data says that we must act now so that we can control the virus and keep people safe.

“And I know that the people of the North East will come together to beat this virus, as defeat it we must.

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“We’ve seen concerning rates of infection in parts of the North East.

“Sunderland, for example, now has an incidence rate of 103 positive cases per 100,000 population.

“And in South Tyneside, Gateshead and Newcastle, figures are all above 70.”

NHS money

“I can tell the House that we’ve allocated a further £2.7billion to the NHS to support it during the winter months.

“This funding, in addition to the extra funding for PPE and testing, will help the NHS with the vital task of operating safely in a world in which Covid is still at large.

“And the task which is critical of working through the backlog of elective work that was inevitably caused by the first peak.

“We will make our emergency departments bigger. Many are simply too small. This was true even before the pandemic but it’s even more acute now.

“So we’re investing to expand capacity in urgent and emergency care so hospitals have the space to continue treating patients safely in the coming months.

“In August, we confirmed £300million for emergency upgrades across 117 Trusts and I can today go further and announce £150m to expand 25 more emergency departments including some of the most constrained in the country like Worcester and the Royal Shrewsbury.

“We must do everything in our power to protect residents in social care.

“We’ll do whatever is humanly possible to protect our care homes from this virus so they are a place of sanctuary this winter.”

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