BORIS Johnson will address the nation at 5pm this evening in a Downing Street press conference with the Government’s top medics.

The PM will be flanked by deputy chief medical officer Jonathan van Tam and NHS Director Stephen Powis to lay out plans to put Manchester and other areas under tougher restrictions.

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Downing Street is locked in an almighty a stand-off with Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham over pushing the city into drastic Tier 3 measures.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick issued Mr Burnham an ultimatum last night, telling him to agree to further restrictions by midday today or the Government will slap the new rules on them anyway.

Mr Johnson is expected to reveal the details of any agreement hashed out with Mr Burnham this evening – or force in them into lockdown.

A spokesperson for No10 said this lunchtime: “At 5pm the PM will lead a press conference with Jonathan Van Tam and Steve Powis.

“They will set out the latest data in terms of infections and hospital admissions.

“Also expect it where the PM will set out the next steps in relation to Greater Manchester and the local political leaders there.”

Boris Johnson announcement: PM to give press conference this afternoon with top medics

It comes as leaders in the North East have said they will tell Mr Johnson to “sod off” if he tries to impose harsh Tier 3 rules on them.

Manchester was last night dramatically given a deadline of midday today to agree to a deal or have the restrictions forced upon them by the Government – which has now passed.

The PM and Manchester Mayor Mr Burnham held a last-minute phonecall this lunchtime to try and break the deadlock and seal a deal in order for the city to go into the highest level of restrictions.

The city was last night dramatically given a deadline of midday today to agree to a deal or have the restrictions forced upon them by the Government – which has now passed.

Boris Johnson announcement: PM to give press conference this afternoon with top medics

Mr Burnham admitted this morning he would ask people to obey the law if he was ordered into the next set of restrictions.

He said: “We would ask people to obey the law, we are quite clear about that…. (but) I can’t just accept more and more and more restrictions, that causes health harm in a different way.

“We will say to people you have to obey the law of the land.”

But he warned that imposing new rules without his backing may lose the public support for lockdown measures and the fight against the virus.

Boris Johnson announcement: PM to give press conference this afternoon with top medics
Boris Johnson announcement: PM to give press conference this afternoon with top medics
Coronavirus: news conference on Tier changes

CASES DROPPING?

Latest figures show Manchester, Trafford and Stockport have a decline in their weekly figures – down 17 per cent, six per cent and six per cent for the week ending October 15.

Other parts of the area – with a total of 2.8million people – have seen rising cases, however.

Rochdale has seen a sharp 17 per cent rise, followed by Wigan with 13 per cent in the last week.

Manchester’s overall rate is down from 583 cases per 100,000 at the peak, to around 353 yesterday.

Boris Johnson announcement: PM to give press conference this afternoon with top medics

This morning Mr Burnham stressed he would accept the decision if he had to, but he was still fighting for extra cash help for businesses – and warned of a mental health crisis on the cards.

He told BBC News: “We would ask people to obey the law, we are quite clear about that…. [but] I can’t just accept more and more and more restrictions, that causes health harm in a different way.

“We will say to people you have to obey the law of the land.”

But he warned that imposing new rules without his backing may not win the support of the public.

Mr Burnham claimed he was fighting for a financial deal not just for Manchester but for the whole country, as “I would predict that all areas will end up in tier 3 throughout the winter”.

Mr Burnham wants the Chancellor to pay more towards people’s wages than the two thirds he has promised so far, for firms that have to close.

Bars and pubs which don’t serve food, and gyms and other indoor areas in some areas have been ordered to shut to stop coronavirus from spreading.

Manchester has been offered around £22 million but leaders want as much as £72 million.

Boris Johnson announcement: PM to give press conference this afternoon with top medics

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