Lockdown restrictions return to Greater Manchester amidst fears of 'second wave'

Grant Boone
August 1, 2020

And 846 cases were reported - the highest number of cases in a day for a month.

Hancock said data showed the coronavirus was being spread primarily between households.

All UK casinos have been shut since March 23, but the postponement of reopening for at least two weeks came as the government restricted movement in parts of greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire following local outbreaks that the government blamed on people not practicing social distancing.

Just as things were starting to loosen up, the Government has mandated that it is against the rules to meet with people outside your social bubble in your own home and has plunged a number of communities in England under local lockdown.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said: "I don't think it is helpful" to talk yet of a second wave sweeping across Europe, but admitted the actions taken so far to ease restrictions were "at the edge" of what could be done safely.

Reacting to the news, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said he agreed with the decision taken by the government and he hoped it would improve the situation in the region.

In these areas, separate households will be allowed to meet only out of doors, health secretary Matt Hancock announced.

"The picture in Greater Manchester has changed over the last seven days", he told the BBC.

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

Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Twitter: "Announcing measures affecting potentially millions of people late at night on Twitter is a new low for the government's communications during this crisis".

What areas have been affected?

The measures were introduced hastily during the start of the annual Eid al-Adha "feast of sacrifice", disrupting the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan for hundreds of thousands of British Muslims.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned her citizens against travelling to the affected areas.

Hancock said Leicester would now follow the same ban on meetings between different households being applied to Manchester and parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire.

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.

The same restrictions will also apply to the city of Leicester.

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