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London offers Covid-hit Manchester more resources as lockdown looms, but mayor says he won’t ‘roll over at the sight of a cheque’

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Speaking on Monday, Dr. Indy Kapila, an intensive care consultant with the British Medical Association, also told BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ program that Greater Manchester could soon run out of intensive care beds.

“We do still have capacity currently, but given the infection rates in Manchester – we have about 440 cases per 100,000, which is extremely high – we are very concerned that we may reach a situation very soon where intensive care beds will run out,” he added.

By comparison, when a tier-two lockdown was announced for London last Thursday, the city’s infection rate was 97 per 100,000 people.

Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced his three-tier Covid alert system on October 12, local leaders in Manchester have stood firm against the imposition of a tier-three lockdown – which signifies a “very high alert” – on the northern city. The mayor of Manchester had previously described the plan to move the city into a tier-three lockdown as “flawed” and “unfair.”

The coronavirus pandemic continues to surge across the UK, with 16,982 new cases and 67 new deaths reported on Sunday.

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