Liverpool revellers pack streets before new Tier-3 restrictions

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LIVERPOOL revellers packed the streets last night before Tier 3 lockdown hits today – as the city's intensive care units reach 90 per cent capacity. Dozens of people swarmed the city centre and were filmed dancing in a huge group […]



LIVERPOOL revellers packed the streets last night before Tier 3 lockdown hits today – as the city's intensive care units reach 90 per cent capacity. Dozens of people swarmed the city centre and were filmed dancing in a huge group hours before being plunged into the most severe restrictions. The number of people being admitted to hospitals in Liverpool is the third highest in Europe. Councillor Paul Brant, cabinet member for adult health and social care at Liverpool City Council, said today intensive care units in the city are now at 90 per cent capacity. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Our intensive, critical care beds are filling up very fast. "The most recent figures I've seen suggest they are over 90 per cent full and our acute hospital trusts have occupancy levels of Covid-positive patients of over 250. "At the current rate of increase, we would expect Liverpool to surpass the peak of the first wave probably within the next seven to 10 days." Crowds of people hugged and chanted as they gathered in the city centre last night – some were even seen appearing to attack a police car. Mayor Joe Anderson said: "These pictures shame our city, attacking our brave police officers is unacceptable." In clips cops could be seen trying to disperse the crowd as they mingled in the virus-hit city. This week Boris Johnson unveiled his three-tier local lockdowns — with Liverpool immediately hit with the highest restrictions. Read more
Tier 3 lockdown: Liverpool revellers pack streets before new restrictions as city intensive care units hit 90% capacity
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