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Media captionHealth Secretary Matt Hancock: “We take this motion with a heavy coronary heart”Thousands and thousands of individuals in elements of northern England are actually going through new lockdown restrictions, which ban separate households from assembly one another at dwelling after a spike in Covid-19 circumstances.The principles impression individuals in Higher Manchester, east Lancashire and elements of West Yorkshire.The well being secretary informed the BBC the rise in transmission was because of individuals visiting pals and kinfolk.Labour criticised the timing of the announcement – late on Thursday night time.Well being Secretary Matt Hancock informed BBC Breakfast the federal government had taken “focused” motion primarily based on data gathered from contact tracing, which he mentioned confirmed that “a lot of the transmission is going on between households visiting one another, and folks visiting kinfolk and pals”.The brand new lockdown guidelines, which got here into drive at midnight, imply individuals from totally different households won’t be allowed to fulfill in properties or non-public gardens. Additionally they ban members of two totally different households from mixing in pubs and eating places, though particular person households will nonetheless be capable of go to such hospitality venues.The modifications come as Muslim communities put together to rejoice Eid this weekend, and almost 4 weeks after restrictions had been eased throughout England – permitting individuals to fulfill indoors for the primary time since late March.The identical restrictions will apply in Leicester, the place a neighborhood lockdown has been in place for the final month.Nonetheless, pubs, eating places and different services might be allowed to reopen within the metropolis from Monday, as a few of the stricter measures are lifted.
There may be an inescapable reality right here – the coronavirus has not gone away and it nonetheless thrives on shut human contact. The extra we come collectively the simpler it can unfold. Now we have seen this occur as nationwide lockdowns have been lifted from Europe, to the US, to Australia and extra.Higher testing means we will now spot the place circumstances are beginning to spike. The warning indicators are within the information with circumstances climbing in areas like Manchester, Trafford, Salford and Tameside. The hope is the federal government has acted rapidly sufficient to suppress the virus with “native restrictions” earlier than it turns into a nationwide drawback. It’s now the flip of hundreds of thousands of individuals in northern England to take the hit, however these native lockdown-tightening measures might occur wherever.That is the “new regular” as we purchase time till a vaccine is developed.
The well being secretary denied that the newest restrictions had been aimed toward curbing Eid celebrations. Requested on BBC Radio 4’s Immediately programme whether or not the measures had been introduced late on Thursday night time to cease the celebrations from going down, he mentioned: “No, my coronary heart goes out to the Muslim communities in these areas as a result of I understand how essential the Eid celebrations are.”Mr Hancock added that he was “grateful” to native Muslim leaders and imams throughout the nation who’ve “been working so onerous to discover a strategy to have Covid-secure celebrations”.Mayor of Higher Manchester Andy Burnham has backed the measures, which he mentioned could be reviewed on a weekly foundation.Nonetheless, Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer, whereas additionally welcoming the measures, condemned the federal government’s determination to announce the modifications on Twitter simply after 21:00 BST on Thursday as “a brand new low for the federal government’s communications throughout this disaster”.
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Media captionCoronavirus signs: What are they and the way lengthy ought to I self-isolate?The federal government revealed particulars of the brand new restrictions two hours after the well being secretary tweeted the announcement, after which launched additional steering on the modifications on Friday morning. Ministers have mentioned police forces and councils might be given powers to implement the brand new guidelines.The newest announcement intimately:Folks in Higher Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leicester can’t combine with different households (aside from these of their assist bubbles) in non-public properties or gardens
Folks in these areas can solely go to pubs, eating places and different hospitality venues with different members of their family
From Monday in Leicester, eating places, cafes, bars and hairdressers can open however leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools will stay closed
Cinemas and museums can even be capable of open in Leicester from Monday and non secular ceremonies will be capable of happen
The borough of Oadby and Wigston on the outskirts of Leicester is taken out of native lockdown
Additionally, gyms and leisure centres will stay closed in Blackburn, however they’ll be capable of reopen in Luton – each cities noticed the lifting of restrictions paused final week
Some native Conservative MPs questioned the federal government’s determination to use the measures to the entire of Higher Manchester, which incorporates 10 native authority areas – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.William Wragg, MP for Hazel Grove in Stockport, tweeted that Higher Manchester was “not one homogeneous space” and treating all 10 boroughs the identical was “not the proper method”.His view was supported by Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West, who added that the “newest replace for Trafford says ‘infections proceed to be at a low degree'”.In Trafford, newest figures present the seven-day an infection price of Covid-19 was 38 circumstances per 100,000 individuals within the week ending 26 July. The common in England was 5.
The federal government all the time warned it might slam on the brakes if it needed to.Now it has – on an unprecedented scale, with two-and-a-half hours discover.Liberties just lately returned, nearly immediately snatched away.And snatched with a rebuke from the well being secretary for England – Matt Hancock – who repeatedly mentioned this was crucial as a result of some within the areas affected had failed to stay to social distancing guidelines. I am informed the change comes and not using a time restrict, however might be reviewed each week.And do not be stunned if the federal government, from the prime minister down, make the case that this might occur elsewhere too if persons are cavalier in regards to the guidelines. And but, in Leicester, the native, extra extreme restrictions imposed there are to be eased. The newborn steps again in the direction of normality are going to be hesitant and faltering; messy of their element and messy of their geography. The virus has robbed us of many issues.It continues to rob us of any certainty.
Jonathan Reynolds, shadow secretary for work and pensions and an MP within the Higher Manchester space, mentioned the figures had been exhibiting a rise in infections together with in Tameside the place optimistic checks per 100,000 inhabitants has gone from 4.9 to 16.3.Leicester launched a strict native lockdown originally of July as a result of town’s seven-day an infection price had risen to 135 circumstances per 100,000 individuals. It has since fallen to 58 and the lockdown was lifted for some suburbs of town.Blackburn and Darwen had the best seven-day an infection price out of the 19 native authority areas affected by the brand new announcement, with 91 circumstances per 100,000.
The present guidelines for the remainder of England enable two households – as much as a most of 30 individuals – to fulfill indoors.In Wales, indoor conferences between totally different households are nonetheless not allowed, however two households of any measurement can be a part of up in an “prolonged family”.In Northern Eire, teams of as much as 10 individuals from 4 totally different households can meet indoors, whereas in Scotland, as much as eight individuals from three totally different households can meet indoors.
Miqdaad Versi, from the Muslim Council of Britain, mentioned the restrictions had been prone to have a “giant impression” on Muslim households celebrating Eid. On Thursday, an additional 38 individuals within the UK died, bringing the whole variety of Covid-19 related deaths to 45,999.And 846 circumstances had been reported – the best variety of circumstances in a day for a month.
In different developments:The principles on how many individuals can meet outdoor in Wales might be eased from Monday, permitting teams of as much as 30 to fulfill
Passengers arriving within the UK from Luxembourg from Friday must isolate for 14 days after the nation was taken off the quarantine-free record
Official evaluation exhibits the UK noticed a few of the greatest rises in deaths charges in Europe within the months till the center of June
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