Health Minister Matt Hancock has banned various households in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire, as well as Greater Manchester, from meeting indoors from midnight today.
He said the new blocking measures, which are said to affect around four and a half million people, came into force after repeated violations of the rules led to an increase in new coronavirus cases. It is by far the largest reintroduction of restrictions so far.
It was feared that the UK would head for an early second wave after an increase in infections in European countries such as Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Croatia.
Boris Johnson warned of a resurgence today when Britain reported the highest total daily number of Covid 19 cases in over a month. There were 846 new infections, the largest number since June 28, when there were 901.
Blackburn with Darwen – the country's worst-affected agency – will be subject to the new rules, as will Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees and all of Greater Manchester.
The same restrictions apply to Leicester, where the first so-called “local lock” was imposed on June 29.
Separate households in the regions are no longer allowed to meet indoors – including homes, pubs and restaurants.
It remained unclear tonight whether venues would have to completely close interiors or whether families from the restricted areas could meet relatives in other parts of the country.
The measures are intended to bring plans to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha with families for hundreds of thousands of Muslims living in the affected regions into chaos.
In Oldham, Greater Manchester, people are walking down the street. Coronavirus cases have occurred in the city in the region
Health Minister Matt Hancock has banned households in parts of Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire from meeting in the house tonight from midnight.
Blackburn with Darwen – the country's worst-affected agency – will be subject to the new rules, as will Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees and all of Greater Manchester
People walked down the street in Oldham, Greater Manchester today – just hours before the new rules were announced
Boris Johnson (pictured today) today warned of a resurgence when Britain reported the highest total daily number of Covid 19 cases in over a month
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY THE NEW RULES?
Greater Manchester 2,835,686
Blackburn with Darwen 149,696
Hyndburn – 81,043
Pendle – 92.112
Mr. Hancock said: “We are looking at the data and have unfortunately seen an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in parts of Northern England.
“That's why I held a government gold committee meeting today and worked with local leaders, including Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester. We have decided that we need to take major action in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.
“From midnight tonight, we prohibit households that meet indoors.
“We are taking these measures with a heavy heart, but unfortunately this is necessary because we have seen households meet and lack of social distance is one of the causes of this increasing coronavirus rate. We will do everything necessary to keep the country safe. & # 39;
Public Health England figures showed that infection rates in two of the affected areas were almost double the national average.
Bradford recorded 928.6 cases per 100,000 people with Blackburn with Darwen at 922.5 per 100,000. The total rate for England is 465.4 per 100,000.
However, the health minister is most concerned about the speed at which these infection rates have risen, and he said the increase is partly due to residents ignoring the rules for social distance.
There were 846 new infections today, the largest number since June 28, when there were 901. Pictured: Boris Johnson visits the police headquarters in North Yorkshire today
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: "I ask all Greater Manchester residents – young and old – to protect each other by respecting these new requirements."
CORONAVIRUS R RATE & # 39; IS ABOVE THE DESCRIBED LEVEL OF A SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST & # 39;
The coronavirus R rate is projected to be above the feared level of one in the south-west and south-east of England.
Government scientists say the number of reproductions in the UK – the average number of people infected by every Covid-19 patient – is still between 0.7 and 0.9.
However, a team from Cambridge University estimates that it could be above one in two regions and is on the verge of reaching levels in all parts of the country except the Midlands.
It is important that this number remains below one, otherwise the outbreak of the coronavirus can quickly increase again if people infect others around them faster.
Scientists analyze numbers of deaths and cases, as well as data on how many people have antibodies and social interactions to make their predictions that flow into SAGE.
According to their model, the R rate is the highest in the South West (1.04) – home to the stay cation hotspots of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. It is also estimated to be over one in the southeast (1.02).
In three other regions – Northwest, East and London – the rate of reproduction has increased, which experts say is not an accurate method of measuring an outbreak in minor cases.
Scientists accused the lifting of the blocking measures, reports the Daily Telegraph. Infectious disease scientists warned that an increase would be inevitable.
Mr. Hancock added: “In parts of Northern England we have seen an increase in coronavirus rates. One of the reasons for this increase is that households have gathered and do not abide by the rules of social distancing.
"And that means we had to make the decision to ban households that meet indoors."
The new locking rules are as follows:
- Ministers confirmed that people who are now positive for coronavirus or have telltale symptoms will be asked to stay at home for ten days from the current seven-day self-isolation period.
- Boris Johnson will add more countries to the UK quarantine list tomorrow.
- Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty want stricter border controls immediately after figures show that 1,300 people with Covid-19 entered the UK at the start of the pandemic.
- Holiday giant Tui closes 166 high street stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland, the UK's largest tour operator announced.
- According to a shocking study, up to 21,000 people have died from the unintended consequences of the ban, many of them due to lack of access to health care.
The ban extends over a much larger area than that of Leicester, which was imposed at the end of last month and has finally been eased. There will be concerns that other areas will follow.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Over the past few days, the picture in Greater Manchester has changed significantly with regard to the spread of Covid-19.
“We have gone from a falling rate in almost all of our boroughs over the past week to a rising rate in nine out of ten affected communities in a much larger geographic area. In Rochdale, the district where the falls fell, they are still too high.
“We have always said that we will remain vigilant and ready to respond quickly if necessary. In line with this approach, I have agreed with the Minister of Health that it is right to act on a precautionary basis and now introduce modest measures to reduce the rate of new infections.
By the end of May, England had the highest relative mortality of 21 European countries compared to the Office for National Statistics. However, the worst affected nations were Italy and Spain, which suffered the greatest peaks
In terms of major cities, the highest mortality rate in Madrid in the week ending March 27 was 432.7 percent. In the UK, Birmingham had the highest mortality rate of any major UK city in the week to April, at 249.7 percent 17
ENGLAND suffered the most excessive deaths in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic
England had the highest number of deaths in Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic, new figures announced today.
By the end of May, England had the highest number of deaths in excess of 21 European countries compared to the National Statistics Office – deaths for all reasons above the level normally expected.
While other countries saw a higher increase in deaths between February and June, England had the longest uninterrupted period of increased mortality, meaning that the overall death toll was highest.
Excessive deaths include deaths for all reasons, but can serve as evidence of how severe coronavirus outbreaks were – because not all deaths caused by the virus are registered by the authorities.
It was Spain and Italy that had the biggest spikes in the excessive deaths known as "summits", suggesting that they were the hardest hit on the continent.
Bergamo, one of the first places in Europe to be closed, had the highest peak in mortality. In the week ending March 20, there were 847.7 percent more deaths than usual.
The highest peak in deaths in the UK was in Brent in the week of April 17th at 357.5 percent at the height of the British crisis.
“I ask all Greater Manchester residents – young and old – to protect each other by respecting these new requirements. They are checked weekly; That is, the more we stick to them, the faster they will be removed.
“This is a place that is proud to take care of each other. We must remain true to this now by not acting selfishly and keeping an eye on the health of others at all times. & # 39;
The first Scottish minister Nicola Sturgeon said the decision was the "right one".
She tweeted: “The UK government is right to act quickly if it believes the situation justifies it.
& # 39; But this is a sharp reminder that the threat from this virus is still very real. Please follow all FACTS advice and stay safe. & # 39;
The Greaterham MP in Greater Manchester and Shadow Secretary of State Jim McMahon said there needs to be more clarity about what the government is doing to help those in areas affected by new restrictions.
He tweeted: “At first glance, this is the same restriction for Oldham District residents that was announced earlier this week and repeated in other areas.
"I am sure that not only will we all publish a list, but we would also like the government to add what it will do to support us, jobs and our economy."
Lucy Powell, Labor MP for Manchester Central, tweeted: “I'm trying to get more information about it, but it seems that two households can no longer meet indoors in GM.
"Particular concerns in certain districts, but restrictions that apply to all GMs."
Mr Johnson asked the United Kingdom last night not to be mistaken that the pandemic was over when he warned of up to 30 places where outbreaks "bubbled". The prime minister urged the public not to lose focus.
During a visit to North Yorkshire, Mr. Johnson said that if the virus made a "harmful" comeback, there would be "real ramifications" that would jeopardize the economic recovery.
His cautious message came when Mr. Hancock warned that there was a "second wave across Europe" and that the country "must do everything in our power to prevent it from reaching our coasts".
ARE CASES IN THE UK ON THE WAY?
Coronavirus cases have been on the rise in the UK for a fortnight, according to official figures.
Ministry of Health statistics show that an average of 726 people test positive for the life-threatening virus daily. It's 33 percent higher than the 546 average exactly three weeks ago, the lowest since before the ban.
However, the number of Britons diagnosed with Covid-19 is much lower than on the darkest days of the April outbreak.
Around 5,000 positive tests were recorded daily during the height of the crisis, but this should be a massive underestimation due to the lack of tests. In April, fewer than 20,000 people were dabbed every day because of the virus. In the meantime, more than 100,000 tests are processed every day.
The number of coronavirus deaths has hardly changed in the past 10 days. The seven-day moving average is currently 66. For comparison: on Tuesday it was 65 and last Wednesday 64.
It can take weeks for infected patients to die from the coronavirus, which means that an increase in the last 14 days may not start until next week.
Hospital admissions – another indication of an outbreak that occurs before death – have hardly changed in the past week. Less than 100 people are accepted in England every day.
However, scientists from King & # 39; s College London believe that cases may still be on the rise. Data from a symptom tracking app that the team runs estimates that 2,110 people in the UK are infected with the virus every day, up from 1,884 in the past week. But the scientists believe the outbreak is stable.
The test numbers do not show the actual number of people infected because many people are infected with the virus, but never test positive for it, either because they do not recognize that they are sick, because they could not get a test, or because their result was wrong.
When asked whether his statements risk hysteria at a time when infection rates in the UK are still well below their peak, Hancock told Radio 4 Today: "I am the Secretary of Health amid a global pandemic, So you apologize for worrying about the health of the British people and that is absolutely in my head.
Ministers were warned on Thursday not to fuel hysteria over the resurgence of the virus. Labor MP Chris Bryant said: “It makes me so angry that the government is so easy with its language. There is no second wave in all of Europe. & # 39;
Mr. Johnson is also under pressure within his own party not to panic about the rise in infection rates.
A group of more than 30 backbenches, led by Henry Smith, are expected to send him a letter calling for airport testing to help travelers reduce the quarantine time they are for endangered country.
Lord Lamont, the former Chancellor of Tory, urged ministers last night not to lose focus on the economic recovery and warned them against taking blanket measures across the economy.
He said: "The only thing we cannot afford is another total ban. The economy has a long struggle for advancement. & # 39; The Daily Mail earlier this week revealed how extremely worried the Prime Minister is of the possibility that a second increase in infections could occur in the next two weeks.
His comments in the past few days are in stark contrast to his message two weeks ago, when he expressed hope that all social restrictions on distance could be lifted in time for Christmas.
On Thursday, Mr. Johnson insisted that Britain had "massive success" in lowering mortality rates, but warned that the country could not rest on its laurels. He said: “I have to tell you that we are dealing with a resurgence of the virus in some other European countries. You can see what happened in the United States.
“So as a country, it is absolutely important that we continue to keep our focus and discipline and not pretend that we are somehow out of the forest or that everything is over because it is not all over. & # 39;
Despite the increase in the infection rate, the numbers are still well below the high of May 1 when 6,201 cases were confirmed in just one day.
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