Matt Hancock in thinly veiled swipe at Andy Burnham as Manchester goes into Tier 3

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Addressing the Commons on the latest tier restrictions for England at the end of the national lockdown, Matt Hancock took a swipe at local leaders who failed to cooperate with the Government on coronavirus restrictions ahead of the national closures earlier in November. He said: “Unfortunately we did see the impact on cases continuing to go up in those areas where local leaders were not working alongside us and it was a sharp contrast to what happened for instance in Liverpool.”

Ahead of the national lockdown, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham was highly critical of the Government’s tier system. 

The county will now be put under the strictest Tier 3 measures from December 3. 

The Government published rationales for each area’s tier decision.

For Greater Manchester, the rationale stated: “While there has been continued improvement in Greater Manchester, weekly case rates remain very high, especially amongst those aged over 60, at around 260 per 100,000 people.

“The pressure on the local NHS is decreasing in some areas but remains a concern; Manchester University hospital and Pennine Acute Trust remain under significant pressure.”

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