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A £ 100 fine for violating the Northwest's closure from midnight


Four and a half million people living in Manchester and other parts of the Northwest face fines of £ 100 if they break newly imposed blocking rules that come into effect after a massive surge in coronavirus cases at midnight.

The new laws include a ban on sex outside of a resident's support bubble.

Ministers have signed Coronavirus, Restrictions on Gatherings (Northern England) 2020, which mandates greater shutdown in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

The ministers had originally announced that the rules would come into force at midnight on July 31.

Anyone who violates the restrictions can be fined £ 100 and up to a maximum of £ 3,200 for repeat offenses.

They prevent people from meeting those with whom they do not live in their homes or in public interiors such as "pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, leisure and entertainment venues or visitor attractions".

Support bubbles from two households, one of whom is a single person or a single parent, may still meet indoors.

And groups in the open with up to six people are allowed to meet socially distant in the open air outdoors – but not in gardens.

Downing Street has adopted a localized approach to dealing with the crisis, which has reinstated blocking restrictions in some cities in the north, which are experiencing spurts.

Infection rates released yesterday by health officials – for the period July 25-31 – show how cases are increasing in all but three of Greater Manchester's ten districts

The streets of Manchester were full of revelers on Friday evenings, despite the fact that a local ban was put in place to combat the increase in cases of corona viruses. The announcement was made by Health Minister Matt Hancock on Thursday evening

The streets of Manchester were full of revelers on Friday evenings, despite the fact that a local ban was put in place to combat the increase in cases of corona viruses. The announcement was made by Health Minister Matt Hancock on Thursday evening

Which areas are affected by the change in law?

The legislation imposes restrictions on all local authorities, which are covered by:

  • Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Manchester City Council
  • Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Rochdale Borough Council
  • Salford City Council
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Burnley Borough Council,
  • Hyndburn Borough Council,
  • Pendle Borough Council,
  • Rossendale Borough Council
  • Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Kirklees Metropolitan Council

However, the restricted zone can change at any time in accordance with the instructions of Minister of Health Matt Hancock in accordance with legal requirements.

It came when local coronavirus contact tracking teams were set up in the worst affected part of England to fill the holes left by the creaking national testing and tracing system. This became known today.

Blackburn staff from the Darwen Borough Council said his staff will use their local knowledge to find people who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.

Details will be forwarded to the local service if the national NHS test and trace system cannot contact a local resident after two days. The local public protection team will visit the house if another 48 hours pass and the resident has not responded by email, text or phone.

The announcement came when ministers admitted today that the struggling national coronavirus contact tracking system needs to improve – but insisted that schools reopen in September despite fears of a catastrophic second climax.

Scientists said the only way to get schools back and avoid another Christmas crisis is to dramatically speed up NHS test and trace operations.

To prevent a second wave of school reopening, the NHS contact tracking system must reach 68 percent of cases and their contacts, according to researchers from University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

However, the current NHS system is “not good enough” because it only reaches half of the contacts and only a fraction of the symptomatic cases are tested.

On the hottest day of the year, groups of Friday drinkers flocked to Manchester's pubs and bars. The beer gardens were crowded, despite the government introducing new blocking measures.

When temperatures rose across the country, people were close together in pubs, contrary to government recommendations.

And similar temperatures are expected again this weekend.

This graph shows the number of infections in Greater Manchester from July 1 to 29, two days before the new blocking measures are reintroduced

This graph shows the number of infections in Greater Manchester from July 1 to 29, two days before the new blocking measures are reintroduced

The weekly infection rate with coronaviruses - the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 people - in Trafford has risen from 14.2 in a report published on July 23 to 36.8 in the latest figures released on Friday in Trafford within 14 days Public Health England doubled

The weekly infection rate with coronaviruses – the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 people – in Trafford has risen from 14.2 in a report published on July 23 to 36.8 in the latest figures released on Friday in Trafford within 14 days Public Health England doubled

The infection rate in Oldham, the second most affected agency in England, has also increased - from 18.3 to 54.3

The infection rate in Oldham, the second most affected agency in England, has also increased – from 18.3 to 54.3

Manchester City's Covid 19 fall rate was 21 at the end of June and decreased slightly in the first few weeks of July. But it has risen from 13 to 22.1 in the past fortnight

Manchester City's Covid 19 fall rate was 21 at the end of June and decreased slightly in the first few weeks of July. But it has risen from 13 to 22.1 in the past fortnight

According to a local official, eighty percent of new Covid-19 cases in a severely affected part of Greater Manchester are white.

City councils in other parts of the northwest – including Blackburn – have warned that the Asian community is driving spikes in coronavirus cases.

According to Eleanor Roaf, director of public health in Trafford, the cases in the community where 235,000 people live focus on the “beautiful green suburbs”.

She fears that a "smug white middle class" will mistakenly believe that the disease "does not affect them because of overcrowding in ethnic minority families".

Official NHS numbers show that the infection rate in Trafford, one of the richest of the 10 districts in the Greater Manchester area, is now gradually decreasing.

The community had 32.6 cases per 100,000 population between July 26 and August 1 – 10 percent less than the previous week.

Separate data released on Friday showed that Trafford's infection rate tripled from 10.2 to 36.8 in just one week.

Only one authority in Greater Manchester – Wigan – is not included in the list of 20 areas with the highest infection rates in England.

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