Boris Johnson has announced that Greater Manchester will move to England's highest tier of coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Thursday. Negotiations on financial support with local leaders broke down on Tuesday with Labour mayor Andy Burnham rejecting a £60m package, on top of £22m for expenses such as local enforcement and test and trace. Mr Burnham insisted £65m was the least he could accept. The Prime Minister said that a failure “to act would hurt Manchester’s NHS and put the lives of many Manchester residents at risk.” Mr Johnson also confirmed that conversations were ongoing with leaders in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East about shifting those areas into tier three restrictions. A further 21,331 people tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday with 241 deaths recorded.
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