Coronavirus live news: Liverpool mayor’s brother dies; Iran deaths exceed 30,000

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Coronavirus live news: Liverpool mayor’s brother dies; Iran deaths exceed 30,000




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Belgium’s foreign minister tests positive; Gordon Brown warns of UK double cliff edge; Angela Merkel asks Germans to stay home; Austria, Poland and Malaysia report record rise in cases

The head of Greater Manchester police, in northern England, has hit back in response to a report in the Daily Telegraph claiming that the prime minister has not imposed harsher coronavirus restrictions on the city because of concerns the police would side with the Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, who is opposing the restrictions, and not enforce them.

In an open letter, Ian Hopkins, said:

I wish to clarify that as the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police I am accountable to the mayor of Greater Manchester and responsible to the people of Greater Manchester, critically I am operationally independent …

It is for local and national politicians to agree the necessary restrictions to keep us all safe. As the Chief Constable I will then ensure my officers and staff enforce these in a proportionate manner alongside our local authority partners.

Open letter from GMP’s Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins.@CCIanHopkins pic.twitter.com/kVqrnWNR77

The respective foreign ministers of Belgium and Austria have tested positive, we have learned today.

Here is a reminder of other politicians who have tested positive around the world since the onset of the pandemic:

Related: Donald Trump joins growing list of world leaders to contract Covid

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