In its latest efforts to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the government of the United Kingdom has imposed fresh tough restrictions on the northern English city of Manchester.
The move came after a tense standoff between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham with no side backing down.
Saying that more money is needed to be given to businesses and people affected by the tougher lockdown, Burnham had resisted the government’s call for the region to go into “Tier Three”, adding that the lockdowns will force many businesses to shut their doors down again.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not budge and announced imposition of lockdown in the area. “This evening, informed by the data we have just seen, I can announce that Greater Manchester will move to the very high alert level,” Mr. Johnson had said.