Manchester declares 'major incident' over rising Covid-19 infections

Grant Boone
August 4, 2020

Similar major incidences were declared in Manchester at the 2017 stadium bombings, which killed 23 people and injured over 800 others.

The North West on England has been put back on lockdown.

As of Thursday 30 July, Greater Manchester, and neighbouring regions East Lancashire and West Yorkshire, have been placed under new lockdown restrictions.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has urged ministers to cancel the ending of the shielding programme aimed at protecting people deemed "extremely clinically vulnerable" to the virus.

Experts fear the sudden rise in cases in the North West signals a second coronavirus wave, with Boris Johnson said to be prepped to bring in further restrictions.

What is a major incident?

As part of an automated public health message sent to some Manchester residents, people were told they could still meet up indoors with members of another household.

In the last week Oldham has recorded 148 new coronavirus cases.

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The major incident declared yesterday means the region can access extra national resources - such as the Army - if it becomes necessary.

However, as a result of the new tougher guidelines that were introduced last week, those living in Greater Manchester are not now allowed to spend time with people from different households in homes and private gardens, with the same rule also applying to spaces like pubs and restaurants.

"We agree with the Government that this provides a clear evidential basis for modest restrictions to be introduced to get the rate of infection down and down faster".

"Failure to do so is wrong and inhumane".

Among the strictest measures adopted, citizens are not allowed visitors in their homes; meetings in public outdoor spaces are allowed in groups of no more than six people, unless the group includes only people from two households; social distancing must be maintained with people you do not live with; and you can still go on holiday, but only with the people you live with or with a support group of people who need it.

"Following last week's Government announcement of preventative public health measures across Greater Manchester to address rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the public would expect us to give this situation our concerted collective attention".

According to the new measures, households can only mix with people in the same household as per the government's "support bubble" policy, including those living alone, single parents with children aged 18 and under.

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