Thursday morning news briefing: 'Preventative' Tier 3 lockdowns possible

Chris Price
·7-min read
Cartoonist Bob's take on the spiralling cost of local lockdowns - Bob
Cartoonist Bob's take on the spiralling cost of local lockdowns - Bob

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Areas 'may be put into Tier 3 as preventative measure'

Areas could be placed into Tier 3 lockdown as a preventative measure before they have met threshold triggers, the director general of the Joint Biosecurity Centre has said. Dr Clare Gardiner said talks with council leaders and local directors of public health to introduce "prophylactic action" to stop case numbers rising were ongoing. Giving evidence to the science and technology select committee, Dr Gardiner said decisions about imposing tougher restrictions were largely down to "professional judgments" rather than "hard thresholds". It comes as ministers came under fire from the Opposition benches and some of their own MPs over the Government's approach to local lockdowns. Camilla Tominey analyses how the Government is turning what should be Tory victories into spectacular own goals. Yet, given the huge furore surrounding Manchester's move to Tier 3, Madeline Grant sketches how Prime Minister’s Questions was more like a tea party than a bloodbath.

Meanwhile, in a bid to protect the most vulnerable from the virus, staff will be banned from working in more than one care home in an attempt to halt the spread. The Telegraph understands the Government is drawing up legislation that will make it illegal for care homes to employ staff working at multiple sites. It follows concerns repeatedly expressed by Government scientists that outbreaks within the sector are "seeding" infections across whole communities, with agency workers singled out. With cases rising and hospitals filling up, it is tempting to worry the UK is heading for a second wave as deadly as the first. Yet Sarah Knapton analyses how data from intensive care units shows that is not the case.

Trump lawyer Giuliani caught in Borat film 'gotcha'

Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York mayor, has been caught in a compromising situation with a young actress while unsuspectingly being filmed for the latest Borat film. Mr Giuliani was invited to a hotel in Manhattan in July by a member of comedian and director Sacha Baron Cohen's team posing as a Russian reporter who said she wanted to talk about the president's coronavirus handling. Josie Ensor describes what happened. It comes as Barack Obama unleashed a fierce attack on Mr Trump during his first in-person appearance on the campaign trail, mocking the US president's tweeting of conspiracy theories, and dismissing his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is not the ideal preparation for the President for tonight's final TV debate. Here is a guide to the event and receive analysis and updates with The Telegraph’s US election WhatsApp group.

Sir Paul McCartney completes 50-year album trilogy

Many of us resolved to tackle those jobs in lockdown that had fallen to the bottom of the to-do list. In the case of Sir Paul McCartney, it was to finish a trilogy of albums that he began half a century ago. Sir Paul has revealed he has made McCartney III, 50 years after the release of his first self-titled solo album and 40 years after McCartney II. As with the two earlier records, he plays every instrument - guitar, piano, bass, drums and more - and has written and produced every song. Sir Paul explains what provided his inspiration and Neil McCormick sets out why the album will prove a worthy match for Adele and Ariana Grande.

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

'Shamed Manchester' | Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner was forced to apologise after she called a Conservative MP "scum" during a debate on financial support for local lockdowns in several regions. She made the insult after Chris Clarkson, the MP for Heywood and Middleton in Rochdale, accused Labour politicians of taking an opportunistic approach to the pandemic. Read on for details.

Around the world: Wave of anger at Nigeria shooting

A boy holds a banner during a protest against the Nigeria rogue police - AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
A boy holds a banner during a protest against the Nigeria rogue police - AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Plumes of smoke rose above the Nigerian capital as authorities struggled to contain a wave of anger at the shooting of dozens of peaceful protesters by security forces. While most of Lagos's 20 million citizens stayed in their homes in obeyance of a 24-hour curfew, violence broke out in the city's poorer neighborhoods and a police station and several buildings were reportedly burned near the scene of the shooting, which local media has called 'Bloody Tuesday'. Shola Lawal and Will Brown have this dispatch from Lagos. See more pictures of the day.

Comment and analysis

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Business and money briefing

National debt spirals | Economists are warning Rishi Sunak against a tax raid on millions of earners after borrowing surged in September as a second wave of Covid hit. Britain spent £36.1bn more than it raised in revenues last month, a £6bn higher deficit than in August. Details here.

Sport briefing

Champions League | It is impossible to replace the ­irreplaceable, but Liverpool have surely found the solution for now to the loss of Virgil van Dijk, with ­Fabinho producing an outstanding performance in the centre of defence as they began their ­Champions League campaign with an away victory against Ajax. Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his side were lucky to emerge unscathed. Meanwhile, Ilkay Gundogan steadied the ship for Manchester City after careless start, with the side eventually running out 3-1 winners against Porto - but victory came at a cost.

Tonight's dinner  

Roast butternut squash and beetroot panzanella | Roast squash and wedges of beetroot are tumbled in with bitter leaves and toasted chunks of bread for a hearty, colourful, autumnal salad. Read on for the recipe.

And finally... for this morning's downtime

The film that split Hollywood | A new movie starring Gary Oldman tells the story of forgotten screenwriter Orson Welles, the man behind what many consider the greatest film ever made. As Netflix releases its take on his brilliant debut Citizen Kane, Tanya Gold explains what made it so controversial – and so special.