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Coronavirus: Lockdown tightened in parts of northern England

Coronavirus: Lockdown tightened in parts of northern England”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said an "increasing rate of transmission" had been identified in those areas.

His announcement came hours after the government increased regional lockdown measures - under which people from different households are banned from meeting indoors - for some four million people across Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Leaders are also asking for the government to extend shielding, and shielding support, in areas where new restrictions are in place.

"The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing", he explained.

"With millions of workers still furloughed, including those in casinos, night clubs, ice rinks and bowling alleys, the government's one-size-fits-all plan risks accelerating the jobs crisis", said MP and former party leader Ed Miliband.

He said: "Over recent days, there has been a marked change in the picture across Greater Manchester with regard to the spread of Covid-19".

"We have a rise in nine out of the 10 boroughs, the reality on the ground is changing".

'I ask all Greater Manchester residents - young and old alike - to protect each other by observing these new requirements.

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On Thursday night the United Kingdom government announced new local lockdown measures in areas of Northern England due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

What areas have been affected?

The move comes as the Muslim community prepared to celebrate Eid. Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe.

In Leicester, where a local lockdown has been in place for the last month, pubs, restaurants and other facilities will be allowed to reopen in the city from August 3, as some of the stricter measures are lifted, Hancock told the BBC.

New UK statistics comparing how the virus struck various regions showed England recording the most excess deaths in Europe in the first half of 2020.

Britain on Friday "put the brakes on" easing lockdown measures and imposed new rules on millions of households in northern England, following concerns over a spike in coronavirus infections.

Britain's official coronavirus death toll stands at just over 46,000, the third-highest total in the world after the United States and Brazil.

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