Coronavirus: The 7 major developments that happened on Wednesday

Rebecca C. Taylor
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Watch: Scotland extends COVID-19 restrictions

Here’s what you need to know on 21 October. This article was updated at 3.30pm.

Deaths: A further 94 people died with coronavirus in England between 14 and 20 October. Wales reported 14 more deaths. Scotland recorded a further 28, its highest daily figure since 21 May.

More than 500 people in England could be dying from coronavirus every day by the end of the month, a new study has warned. The study estimates 50,000 people are being infected with COVID-19 each day in England. Read more here.

Scotland: Scotland is heading for a tiered lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed, as she extended restrictions for another week. Hospitality measures had been due to end on 25 October, but will now continue until 2 November when the new system will come into force. Read more here.

England’s regions: South Yorkshire is to enter Tier 3 lockdown from Saturday morning, Sheffield City region mayor Dan Jarvis confirmed. It comes as Liverpool’s gyms are set to reopen following a petition signed by 350,000 people and lobbying from local leaders.

Manchester will receive £60m for Tier 3 support following a stand-off between Boris Johnson and the region’s mayor Andy Burnham. The region’s leaders had been trying to secure an extra £5m. Read more here.

Science: Coronavirus is likely to be around forever and won’t be eradicated according to a scientist who advises the government. Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said the vaccine would help, but there was “little chance” it would be eradicated. Read more here.

Economy: Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has cancelled a three-year spending review as ministers focus on coping with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead he will set out a one-year spending plan, which will deal with budgeting needs in each department and the devolved governments. Read more here.

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