Is England facing a HALF-TERM lockdown?

Another part of England becomes embroiled in the coronavirus lockdown when Matt Hancock admitted today that a new national Covid squeeze is planned.

Starting Tuesday, curbs like curfew on pubs and restaurants and a ban on socializing outside of households will be rolled out in parts of the Northwest, Midlands and West Yorkshire as the UK outbreak nearly doubled in a week and the R number could be so be high as 1.4.

The announcement – meaning a total of around 12 million people are under restrictions – came when the health minister urged the public to "come together to fight this virus" with the threat of even more draconian steps.

Ministers are considering a two-week nationwide stop that could shut much of the hotel industry down – although no final decisions have been made as ministers argue over the economic impact.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak reportedly raised concerns about the consequences of a full lockdown at a meeting yesterday.

It is believed that an option will be considered to set the curbs for the October mid-term vacation and extend the break to a fortnight. This would minimize the harm to children, many of whom have already seen their education severely disrupted.

However, it is not clear whether the government can wait that long for cases to increase. New numbers confirm that they are doubling every eight days. Schools and workplaces could instead remain open while the rest of society is restricted.

The newest areas to be closed are Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington, Halton, Wolverhampton, Oadby and Wigston and parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.

The restrictions vary by region, but only include contacting your own households or the support bubble, restricting restaurants to table service and reducing night-time hours.

In a round of interviews this morning, Mr Hancock said a national lockdown was the "last line of defense". But he warned that this was a "big moment for the country" and that the situation was "dead serious". If the "Rule of Six" restrictions stopped working, more would have to be done, he warned.

"The virus is increasing significantly across the country," Hancock told Sky News. “We have to take the necessary measures to keep people safe. We will do everything we can to keep people safe. & # 39;

The chilling words came as concerns over the Shambolian testing system grew at quadruple demand, claiming the government's seven "lighthouse laboratories" were in chaos due to staff and equipment shortages.

A senior scientist warned that "tests are on the rise," adding that he was "appalled by what I saw in the labs".

The dramatic developments came as follows:

  • The latest government estimates for the R-number are between 1.1 and 1.4 – meaning the outbreak is growing rapidly.
  • According to the ONS, an average of 6,000 people per day were newly infected with Covid-19 in England between September 4 and 10 – up from 3,200 people per day between August 30 and September 5;
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan has canceled the capital's New Year celebrations, warning that the city is just two weeks behind areas of the country that have come into local lockdowns.
  • The Northeast had a busy night in bars after Matt Hancock confirmed the area would experience a 10pm curfew starting tonight.
  • Ministers have defended the Shambolic testing system as thousands of people are struggling to be screened for the disease after Dido Harding claimed no one expected the level of demand when schools returned.
  • Mr Hancock repeatedly ducked and said whether people should cheat their neighbors for breaking the rule of six after Boris Johnson and Priti Patel sent completely different messages.
  • Boris Johnson asks the British to save ChristmIf you follow the rule of six, the warning lock becomes even stricter

How could the circuit breaker work?

The government is considering what has been called a "breaker" to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

But it wouldn't be quite as draconian as the lockdown imposed at the previous height of the crisis in March.

Instead, it resembles the locks that have been introduced locally in areas with high infection rates.

In the hope that short, harsh measures can break the chain of transmission, restrictions could be imposed nationwide for a fortnight.


  • People are only allowed to socialize with their own household or their support bubble.
  • Curfews and restrictions on activities in public spaces such as city centers and parks.
  • Face masks must be worn in public areas and in different locations.
  • Pubs and restaurants as well as other companies such as hairdressers and beauty salons could either be closed completely or their opening times could be severely restricted.
  • The edict to work from home wherever possible could be reintroduced after Boris Johnson spent months urging people to return to the offices.


  • Non-essential stores and jobs would remain open to avoid further catastrophic damage to the economy.
  • The schools would likely continue to exist after ministers warned of the massive impact on student prospects.
  • There is speculation that the curbs could be rolled out at mid-term in late October – if the government can wait that long, with cases doubling every eight days.
  • Healthcare and dentistry are likely to continue instead of being reduced to urgent care as in the previous lockdown.

In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire, in addition to Blackpool and Greater Manchester, people are also advised to only use public transport for essential purposes such as traveling to school or work and avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events by spectators.

The new rules do not apply to Bolton or Greater Manchester, where separate restrictions already exist.

People providing shelter in parts of northeast Blackburn, where eight stations are locally restricted, will no longer need to do so as of October 5th to bring them in line with the rest of Blackburn with Darwen, where the shield is already on Monday to pause.

In the Midlands, Wolverhampton and Oadby & Wigston residents will be banned from interacting with people outside their home or supporting bubbles in private homes and gardens from September 22nd.

In West Yorkshire, residents in all parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale are prohibited from interacting with other households or bubbles in private homes and gardens.

Some stations in these areas were previously exempt from such restrictions, but the government has confirmed that they are all now bound by them.

Another change announced is that people shielding in Leicester will no longer need shielding as of October 5th.

The new Northwest Restrictions apply to Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle, Preston, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Burnley and South Ribble, West Lancashire, Chorley, Wyre, Fylde, Lancaster and Ribble Valley in Lancashire as well as Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, St. Helens, Sefton , Halton and Warrington in Merseyside and Cheshire.

Mr Hancock said: “Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton.

“Local leaders in these areas have called for stricter restrictions to protect local people, and we are determined to act to support them.

"I know these restrictions will make everyday life difficult for many, but I know that residents will work together and obey the rules so that we can reduce transmission rates."

Wolverhampton City Council Chairman Ian Brookfield said: “These measures are similar to those taken at the height of the pandemic and the message is simple. You must not allow anyone who is not part of your household, or bubbling into your home or yard, or visit them at their home or yard in Wolverhampton or anywhere else. & # 39;

“We've all had to do this before. Now we must do it again to stop the spread of the coronavirus, protect our loved ones, and protect jobs and our economy. Please play your part and together we will get through this. & # 39;

London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned the capital was not far from falling into a lockdown when he confirmed the New Year celebrations would be canceled.

"What we have seen in other parts of the country, and particularly in the northeast, is an instruction that bars and restaurants should close at 10 p.m.," said Khan.

Hancock claims tests are "available in every part of the country" even though the system is in chaos

Matt Hancock today defied evidence that the testing system is in chaos, claiming that checks are "available in every part of the country".

Although the government's own website turns people away or offers them tests far from home, the health minister accused the media of solving the problems.

"The message to people is, come on, tests are available," he told the BBC.

“By the way, there are tests in all parts of the country.

"Don't believe these stories when they appear in newspapers saying that tests are not available here, but that tests are available in every part of the country."

A Downing Street spokesman added, "I am not aware of anything to suggest that tests are not available in some parts of the country."

The claims came despite the government's own numbers showing the availability of testing is stretched to the point of rupture.

One in ten people had to walk more than 27 miles to get a test as of last week – and 5 percent need to walk more than 47 miles.

However, many people claim that they had no access to tests at all. In one extreme case, a Durham resident was offered a test at Aberdeen Airport.

& # 39; The reason for this is to minimize the number of hours people spend socializing, which can increase the risk of the virus spreading.

& # 39; We are reviewing all options in London and we are seeing which policies are successful across the country.

"According to the latest information, we're about two weeks behind some parts of the country."

The government's top science and medical officers have warned that another major coronavirus outbreak could result in significant deaths by the end of next month.

They are said to be pushing for stricter restrictions across England, including public activities and either pubs and restaurants closings or tough curfews.

A scientist on the panel confirmed to the FT that the SAGE advisory board had considered the option: "Since schools will be closed for a week at half-time, an extra week will have limited impact on education."

Recent analysis by Imperial College London suggests that Covid-19 rates double every seven to eight days.

The nameless scientist warned that rising coronavirus levels could "break the NHS" and criticized the government's test-and-trace system by warning that it was "creaking at the seams".

Speaking to a committee of MPs on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said: “I don't want a second national lockdown. I think it would be completely wrong for this country and we will do everything in our power to prevent it from happening. & # 39;

However, the government's Pandemic Influenza Scientific Modeling Group (SPI-M) is considering a two-week shutdown in October.

When asked about the prospect of curbs, Mr. Hancock said, “It's not something we ever take off the table, but it's also not something we want to see.

“The country needs to come back together and realize that there is a serious challenge ahead. That the virus is accelerating.

"Unfortunately, not only are the cases increasing, but also the number of people who end up in hospital."

A Downing Street spokesman said: “We have always been clear that our strategy is to keep the virus as low as possible while protecting education and the economy.

“I would like to refer to the words of the Minister of Health this morning in which he said that we are ready to take action if necessary.

"But of course we want to avoid a longer block … Our focus is on reducing the transmission rates."

Mr. Hancock also denied rumors that Mr. Johnson had been "exhausted and defeated" by his workload months after recovering from coronavirus.

He said the prime minister had remained "tremendously energetic" and the seriousness of the decisions made by the government should not be overestimated.

"(He's) tremendously strong and I think it's important to realize that this is a really big moment," he told Times Radio.

“The seriousness of the choices we make cannot be overestimated, and we judge how the health of the nation can be protected and tens of thousands of lives saved while offsetting the tremendous social, economic and health impact of the actions that we must take.

"These are big and very important decisions, so it is extremely understandable that the people who make them should take them extremely seriously."

Restrictions will be announced today for most of Lancashire and will take effect tomorrow.

Dido Harding claims that the demand for tests is up to four times as high

Baroness Harding

Baroness Dido Harding (right) was grilled by MPs

The demand for Covid tests is up to four times the capacity of the system, Baroness Harding admitted today.

The Tory peer revealed the amazing discrepancy between the number of people who want tests and the ability to have them, as they claimed 27 percent had no symptoms.

Extraordinary. She said no one "expected" the "sizeable" surge in demand – although it was widely predicted, and accused SAGE of getting its estimates wrong.

Lady Harding has been brought before MPs to explain the mess that has led thousands to be scrutinized.

She told the Science Committee that she didn't have an exact number of how many people wanted tests. But she said phone calls and website visits indicated that there are "three to four times as many tests as we have available".

Lady Harding brazenly gave the money for the chaos, saying, "We have made our capacity plans based on SAGE modeling for what we should prepare for this fall."

Lady Harding confirmed the diagnostic test capacity is currently close to 243,000 a day – a figure the government hasn't released in over a week. Thousands of tests are being sent overseas for processing, she said.

She said the government is on track to increase capacity to 500,000 tests per day by the end of October – although that would cover all types of tests, not just whether people are currently suffering from coronavirus.

And she admitted that it won't be enough. "I'm sure we will need more as we go past the end of October," she said.

But the BBC said this morning the government was considering extending the curfew to all of England after Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance warned of another major outbreak if precautions are not stepped up.

Drinkers flocked to watering holes in the northeast last night after Matt Hancock confirmed the area would be affected by a 10pm curfew in pubs and bars starting tonight.

Around 9.2 million Britons have already been subjected to stricter local lockdown restrictions due to a surge in coronavirus cases, but that number could soon surpass 10 million.

The Northeast had a busy night in bars before the midnight curfew went into effect, meaning different households cannot mix and pubs and restaurants can close at 10 p.m.

Venues in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham will only be able to offer table service.

The Gateshead Arms' Sean Southern told MailOnline the business impact of the new restrictions.

He said: "We used to be open until 12.30pm, then we reduced it to 11pm because of Covid and now we're told we have to close at 10pm.

“These hours are absolutely crucial to us and probably our busiest time for those who want to have a few drinks before heading further away or going home.

“There are a couple of bars in the area that have closed in the past few weeks, so we've recently taken on both these customers and our regulars.

“Things seemed to be getting better, and then suddenly last night we were told that there were going to be big changes and that we didn't really have time to prepare.

"People forget that closing at 10 p.m. also affects employees who might want to pick up a few extra hours."

According to real estate consultants Altus Group, around 2,350 pubs and restaurants are affected by the measures.

Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Health Secretary, said of the number of Britons under lockdown rules reaching 10 million, saying: “Labor warned months ago that we would have a bleak winter if the government did not spend the summer setting the testing regime.

"The government has ignored this advice, the test regime is collapsing, and it is not surprising that national restrictions are back on the table."

The government is facing growing backlash as the world-class testing system creaks under pressure from rising cases.

Increasing requests for swabs as children return to school and workers return to their desks along with the logistical chaos has created chaos.

The testing of Tsarina Baroness Dido Harding yesterday revealed that the demand for Covid screening is up to four times the system capacity.

And extraordinarily, she claimed that no one predicted the surge in demand – and accused the government of the modeling by the SAGE experts.

Science Committee chair Greg Clark told the Tory peer that their words were "disheartening" and pointed out that it was obvious that demand was going to increase tremendously.

A group of revelers enjoy a night out in Newcastle last night, the last night before lockdown measures were taken

A group of revelers enjoy a night out in Newcastle last night, the last night before lockdown measures were taken

Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured today on Sky News) urged the public to "come together to fight this virus" as ministers consider putting draconian restrictions on a "circuit break" for two weeks to stop the spread

Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured today on Sky News) urged the public to "come together to fight this virus" as ministers consider a "circuit break" to impose draconian restrictions for two weeks to stop the spread

No staff in the test center on the same day the new measures were announced

Dozens of drivers showed up at a test site and found there was no staff to wipe them down. On the day the Minister of Health announced stricter coronavirus measures for people in the northeast.

People who booked a test on Thursday at Doxford Park, an industrial park outside the city in Sunderland, were told by the media that they would not be tested because there were no officials there to inform them.

Some had been turned away by security guards approaching the center, who told them the computers had crashed and to try again later.

28-year-old truck mechanic Brad Cockburn was making a 100 mile round trip from Bedale, North Yorkshire, and found that there were no staff, not even a tent or other infrastructure, on the out-of-town industrial estate.

He said: "There is no organization, it is, as always, a low-piss performance."

Rob Reid, a 58-year-old cash and carry manager from Sunderland, booked for 3:45 pm and found there were no employees around.

He said: 'It annoys me. I am concerned about my health and it turns out the government is not so concerned when they take bookings on the NHS website and there is no one here to do it. & # 39;

However, deeper issues have been highlighted in today's government processes and it is alleged that the lighthouse laboratory centers are in turmoil.

Genome scientist and inventor Phil Robinson told The Times that they were poorly managed, had no staff and had not set up automatic processes before a second wave of infections.

He told the newspaper, “Every part of the process was bad. The other ridiculous problem is that 20 different types of tubes come into the lab. If you run a high throughput lab, it only makes sense to have one. I don't know why they didn't standardize. & # 39;

Lady Harding admitted yesterday that they were trying to automate far more processes.

Dozens of drivers showed up at a test site yesterday and found there was no staff to wipe them down. On the same day, the tougher measures were announced.

People who booked a test on Thursday at Doxford Park, an industrial park outside the city in Sunderland, were told by the media that they would not be tested because there were no officials there to inform them.

Some had been turned away by security guards approaching the center, who told them the computers had crashed and to try again later.

The seven agencies are home to around two million people, only three of whom – Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland and Gateshead – are officially on Public Health England's most recent watch list.

The council presidents argue they need tougher action across the region to prevent a full lockdown and save lives.

Northeast Labor MPs welcomed Mr. Hancock's new action and called on the government to work better with local councils.

In a joint letter to the minister, they said: “We believe (…) that this must be done in close cooperation with the local authorities who must have access to all appropriate information, data and support in order to make the best decisions for their areas. & # 39;

Mr Hancock's announcement came after measures such as Greater Manchester and Birmingham were taken to counter rising infection rates.

Meanwhile, drivers continued to show up at Doxford Park while others sat in the parking lot wondering what to do next.

28-year-old truck mechanic Brad Cockburn was making a 100 mile round trip from Bedale, North Yorkshire, and found that there were no staff, not even a tent or other infrastructure, on the out-of-town industrial estate.

He said: "There is no organization, it is, as always, a low-piss performance."

What are the new restrictions for the northeast?

Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham have new restrictions starting today to help contain the spread of the virus. The new restrictions are:

  • Residents are not allowed to come into contact with other people outside of their own household or support the bubble in private homes and gardens
  • Pubs, bars and other hospitality establishments can only operate table service
  • Leisure and entertainment options between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

It was also recommended to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Not coming into contact with other people outside of your own household in other public places
  • Only to use public transport for essential purposes, e.g. B. to school or to work
  • Go on vacation only in your own household or support Bubble
  • Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as a spectator

The health minister said they were necessary to stop the virus from spreading and prevent another lockdown.

Rob Reid, a 58-year-old cash and carry manager from Sunderland, booked for 3:45 pm and found there were no employees around.

He said: 'It annoys me. I am concerned about my health and it turns out the government is not so concerned when they take bookings on the NHS website and there is no one here to do it. & # 39;

Police said they would enforce lockdown measures as a last resort.

Superintendent Steve Long of Durham Constabulary said, “The government has announced that local restrictions are required in addition to those already in place at the national level.

“We would like to thank the vast majority of people who have taken personal responsibility, done the right thing, and adhered to the guidelines over the past few months.

"Our officials will continue to engage with the public, explain the new rules and encourage people to act responsibly. Only then will we move on to enforcement as a last resort."

In the UK, there are currently around 9.2 million people in intervention areas, including parts of Greater Manchester, Leicester and Scotland.

But neither Middlesbrough nor Hartlepool in the northeast, two other agencies officially designated as hotspots by Public Health England, have been affected by the tough new measures.

The announcement comes amid fears that thousands of students returning to university in the region could cause cases to increase even further.

Around 40,000 students are expected to return to Newcastle University and nearly 20,000 to Durham University in the coming days.

The rising number of infections in London and Leeds has led to warnings that the cities could soon be heading in the same direction as the northeast with additional restrictions.

And in North Yorkshire, "full emergency mode" was declared after cases rose 167 percent in the first week of September.

Coronavirus cases have increased rapidly in north east England. Newcastle saw its weekly infection rate jump from 51.2 cases per 100,000 people to 64.1 in the seven days ending September 13

Coronavirus cases have increased rapidly in north east England. Newcastle saw its weekly infection rate jump from 51.2 cases per 100,000 people to 64.1 in the seven days ending September 13

Local Authorities Watchlist – Is Your Hometown On The List?

KEY: Infection rate per 100,000. Are the falls rising or falling? Have special measures been taken?

Bolton: 121.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Bradford: 72.2 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Oldham: 66.6 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Salford: 62.3 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Blackburn with Darwen: 61.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Preston: 59.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Pendulum: 58 per 100,000. Falling. Intervention.

Rochdale: 57.7 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Tameside: 56.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Manchester: 56.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Birmingham: 50.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

To bury: 46.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Leicester: 43.1 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Kirklees: 36.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Solihull: 34.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Calderdale: 34.3 per 100,000. Increasing. Intervention.

Trafford: 31.3 per 100,000. Falling. Intervention.

Sandwell: 22.6 per 100,000. Falling. Intervention.

Rossendale: 80.4 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Burnley: 57.6 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

South Tyneside: 50.6 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Leeds: 47.3 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Hyndburn: 42.1 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Gateshead: 40.5 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Sunderland: 32.4 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne: 28 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Stockport: 20.2 per 100,000. Increasing. Improved support.

Hertsmere: 53.7 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Weird: 43.6 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Middlesbrough: 42 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Hartlepool: 38.6 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Corby: 35.3 per 100,000. Falling. Concern, concern.

Liverpool: 31.1 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Sefton: 31.1 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Knowsley: 30.1 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Sheffield: 28.5 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Peterborough: 27.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Northampton: 25.8 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Stoke-on-Trent: 25 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

St. Helens: 23.3 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Great Yarmouth: 23.1 per 100,000. Falling. Concern, concern.

Norwich: 20.5 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

Swindon: 16.7 per 100,000. Falling. Concern, concern.

Breckland: 16.5 per 100,000. Falling. Concern, concern.

South Norfolk: 10.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

King & # 39; s Lynn and West Norfolk: 4 per 100,000. Level. Concern, concern.

Broad land: 3.1 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

North Norfolk: 2.9 per 100,000. Increasing. Concern, concern.

ENGLAND: 19.7 per 100,000. Increasing.

Source: Public Health England

The Prime Minister yesterday asked the British to "save Christmas" by following his "rule of six" and warns that the lockdown will only be tightened if Britain does not "flatten the camel's hump".

Ministers beat back claims that chief medical officer Chris Whitty is pushing for a two-week national lockdown.

However, it has now been found that the prospect is real – although the restrictions wouldn't be as draconian as those imposed in March.

Leading experts have insisted the current surge in Covid-19 cases is nowhere near as great as it was during the darkest days of the crisis in March and April. One told MailOnline, "We're not near the peak."

Meanwhile, the government is expected to announce stricter restrictions on nursing home visits in areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases.

It is understood that nursing homes in areas subject to local lockdowns will be allowed to temporarily restrict visits in all but end-of-life situations.

In parts of the country where there is no local lockdown but where community broadcast is a cause for concern, option officials recommend limiting visits to a specific visitor per resident.

The government will provide further details of its social welfare action plan to tackle the winter's coronavirus spread.

The Financial Times reported that leading academics advising the UK government proposed a two-week national lockdown in October to combat the rising number of Covid-19 cases.

Experts from the Government's Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) and the Pandemic Influenza Scientific Modeling Group (Spi-m) have proposed a lockdown that coincides with the October school year.

Newcastle City Council has made proposals to the Ministry of Health to close pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. and ban people from socializing outside their bubble.

London could be "weeks" away from further restrictions as the infection rate begins to double every two weeks. Redbridge in north-east London has the highest rate of coronavirus infections at 38 per 100,000. It is followed by Hounslow in the southwest with 34.6 per 100,000 and Barking and Dagenham also in the east with 31.5 per 100,000.

Cllr Peter John, chairman of the London Council, said he was "massively concerned" that authorities will be forced to impose further restrictions as cases "are one-way and are only accelerating". Kevin Fenton, PHE's director for London, has suggested that curfews could also be used in the capital.

The London boroughs have the power to order local closures. However, since people typically move between local authorities to work or study, it is not clear how this restriction would work.

A No10 spokesman said: “Especially in London, no restrictions are currently planned. It is important that we urge people to remain vigilant and adhere to the rule of six.

"We will always check the transfer rate and whatever measures we consider necessary."

Leeds has been advised that the transfer has entered a "critical phase".

Council Director General Tom Riordan said yesterday that they are in a "live situation" where cases are increasing. Dozens of regions in the UK, including Greater Manchester and Leicester, are already affected by local lockdowns.

North Yorkshire was placed in 'full emergency mode', which means testing facilities have been redirected to areas of greatest need, nursing homes have been given extra support and the brakes have been pulled on reopening day care services.

The North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, which includes emergency services, local authorities and the NHS, has identified Selby, Harrogate and parts of Scarborough and Craven as a matter of concern due to rising caseloads.

Richard Flinton, chair of the North Yorkshire Resilience Forum, has warned that there has been a "worrying spike" in some cases as he urged the entire county to "act now" to stop the virus from spreading.

Mr. Flinton said, “We thank everyone again for their many sacrifices.

"However, as we have seen nationally and globally, cases are picking up again and the threat from the virus is a real and present one."

“We know how quickly infection rates can change, and we urge the entire county to respond with us now.

"Please show additional restraint and caution and take additional measures beyond what is required at national level so that we can try to avoid another lockdown here."

Government sources have told The Telegraph that Boris Johnson is desperately trying to address rising cases through a hospitality curfew. Downing Street officials insisted that all options were still on the table, despite warnings that it would be "devastating" to close pubs prematurely – as happened in Bolton.

The action comes amid warnings that schools could close by default in the coming weeks due to a massive lack of testing across the UK.

"Lockdown is the only thing we know works, to be honest," a government science adviser told ITV.

The dire prospect was raised amid fears that the disease is on the verge of spiraling out of control.

Although the number of cases has increased to nearly 4,000 a day, it has mostly been younger people who are less likely to be badly affected.

But now cases of Covid-19 among middle-aged people in England are on the rise and have increased over 90 percent in 14 days as the outbreak continues to worsen.

Public Health England (PHE) data shows 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people between the ages of 40 and 49 – up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, rising from 10.9 to 20.

The “rule of six” imposed by Boris Johnson on Monday makes it illegal to hold large gatherings, although in Scotland and Wales children under 12 do not need to be included in the figures.

Ministers have suggested following the example of Belgium, where an increase appears to have been approached with tight limits on gatherings and curfews.

A senior government official told ITV's Robert Peston that "there is no way we can wait for the death rate to rise before we act".

London's infection rate doubles every two weeks

Passengers commute on the busy London Underground

Passengers commute on the busy London Underground

The infection rate in London doubles every two weeks, warned the chairman of capital city councils.

Cllr Peter John told Times Radio that he was "massively concerned" about further restrictions that would apply to the city in the coming weeks.

"We are currently seeing in London that infection rates are doubling every two weeks," he said. "It only goes one way and only gets faster."

He also warned that test rates for London had been reduced by a fifth, so that the authorities were less able to stop emerging infection spikes.

Amid growing concerns, the return of more than half a million college students could lead to an additional surge in infections.

A No10 spokesman told Sun: "Especially in London, no restrictions are currently planned. It is important that we urge people to remain vigilant and adhere to the rule of six.

"We will always check the transfer rate and whatever measures we consider necessary."

Government data shows the number of cases in the capital has increased since late July but began to rise in late August.

Most cases were recorded in those aged 25 to 29, followed by those aged 30 to 34.

They added that the government would re-examine whether the "rule of six" was enough to control the situation in a fortnight – but there is a widespread view that schools should not be closed again.

According to reports, a senior science advisor said, “I think if we are to keep schools open we may need to seriously consider a number of other measures to stop a big second wave.

"And we have to think about it now – what we're going to do."

Mr Johnson said he understood that a negative test had been returned for Sir Keir's child, adding, "I don't know why he's not here."

The Labor leader was advised to self-isolate Monday while awaiting the result of a test on a member of his household showing possible symptoms of Covid-19.

Less than half an hour before the PMQs began, Sir Keir said he was "very pleased and relieved that one of my children tested negative this morning".

On Tuesday it was decided that his deputy, Ms. Rayner, should take his place at Question Time.

The possibility of going tougher exists despite a major Tory backlash to the limitations of everyday life.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland yesterday denied that the "rule of six" would effectively cancel Christmas after a source close to the Archbishop of Canterbury criticized the social restrictions imposed this week to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today program, the Cabinet Secretary said: “Archbishop Justin (Welby) is making an important contribution to this debate and he is right to point out the enormous spiritual and social significance of Christmas.

“I don't think any of us in government wants to be Oliver Cromwell-esque – we want families to celebrate Christmas safely and happily, and we want our churches and other places of worship to join in the celebration. & # 39;

Mr Buckland added, "We are not going to cancel Christmas, but the 'rule of six' is clear and important and I think we have committed to and must adhere to it."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has denied angry calls for young children to be exempted from the Christmas Saving Rules in England.

He was repeatedly pushed for the "unfair and inflexible" restrictions when making a statement in the House of Commons.

While Mr. Hancock insisted on understanding the "implications" of the rules, he said that "simplicity" was critical to their effectiveness.

Senior Conservatives have risen to urge the government to copy the Scottish and Welsh governments, which have stated that children under the age of 12 do not count towards the limits of gatherings.

Why are some areas blocked and others not?

In response to an increase in infections, local areas are closed, putting people's lives at risk.

According to a spokesman for Public Health England, there is no specific threshold for the rate of infection at which a local lockdown is triggered, but rather a decision made by local authorities and the government based on advice from health professionals.

The professionals monitor measures such as rate of change in infection rate, number of cases, demand for A&E, and which population group has the most infections to advise when and if further restrictions should be imposed.

The "nuanced" and "tailored" approach means that restrictions are reintroduced in regions with different numbers of cases per 100,000.

Home Secretary Priti Patel warned Tuesday that two families colliding in the street would break the new law.

She said that more than half a dozen people who stop chatting after accidentally meeting them would constitute a "mingling".

Lawyers asked if this was the case – but No. 10 offered assistance, saying, "You can expect the police to tell you to disperse."

Ms. Patel also said that she would report her own neighbors for any behavior she deemed "inappropriate" and at risk of spreading the virus.

The comments came after police complained that they had been left in the dark on how the tough restrictions could be enforced, without guidance and widespread public anger.

The most recent PHE data released on Friday clearly shows that cases in each age group are spiraling. People in their twenties - who are not as susceptible to the disease and likely to escape death or serious illness - are driving the surge with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in the past three weeks

The most recent PHE data released on Friday clearly shows that cases in each age group are spiraling. People in their twenties – who are not as susceptible to the disease and likely to escape death or serious illness – are driving the surge with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in the past three weeks

Public Health England (PHE) data shows 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people between the ages of 40 and 49 - up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, rising from 10.9 to 20

Public Health England (PHE) data shows 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people between the ages of 40 and 49 – up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, rising from 10.9 to 20

When should I get a coronavirus test?

People with coronavirus symptoms should have a test within five days of symptoms appearing, according to the NHS.

The guidebook states that anyone suffering from the symptoms – high temperatures, persistent cough, and loss of their sense of taste or smell – should be tested as soon as possible.

"If you have symptoms, get a test ASAP," they said. "You must have the test done within five days of the onset of symptoms."

Inmitten des zunehmenden Test-Fiaskos in England – mit Menschen in Viren-Hotspots, die keinen Zugriff auf Tupfer haben – wurde eine Meldung veröffentlicht, dass diejenigen, die nicht getestet werden können, es in ein paar Stunden erneut versuchen sollten.

Wer sollte auf Coronavirus getestet werden?

Der NHS sagt, dass jeder, der Symptome des Coronavirus entwickelt, einen Test bekommen sollte. Diese sind:

  • eine hohe Temperatur
  • Neuer anhaltender Husten
  • Verlust des Geschmacks- und Geruchssinns

Sie fügen hinzu, dass eine ausgewählte Gruppe anderer Personen ebenfalls auf Tests zugreifen kann. Das sind Leute, die:

  • Lebe in England und wurde angewiesen, einen Test zu machen, bevor du zur Operation ins Krankenhaus kommst
  • Gefragt von ihrem Gemeinderat
  • Nehmen an einem Pilotprojekt der Regierung teil

Wer sollte keinen Coronavirus-Test bekommen?

Matt Hancock hat behauptet, dass bis zu jeder vierte Test an Personen vergeben wird, die nicht dazu berechtigt sind.

Er sagte, er habe Geschichten von ganzen Schulen gehört, die sich für sie beworben hatten, nachdem dort ein Fall von Coronavirus registriert worden war, und von Menschen, die sie bekamen, weil sie in den Urlaub fahren.

Dafür sei das Testsystem nicht ausgelegt, sagte er. und es bedeutet, dass Leute, die einen Test brauchen, keinen bekommen können.

Quelle: NHS

But he urged people with no symptoms to stay away from testing centers – despite acknowledging the reasons they might want to find out if they had Covid-19.

"What happened is that the demand has only increased massively in the last few weeks," he told MPs.

Professor Andrew Hayward, one of the government's SAGE experts, said that at this time of year, even before the pandemic hit, around half a million people could be showing symptoms like coroanvirus every day.

That would be well over the current government claim of around 375,000 testing capacity – although they have never done so many in a single day.

Prof. Hayward, Director of the Institute for Epidemiology and Health at University College London, said: “The rationale for this is, of course, that we would expect the demand and capacity to be right in the fall and winter as the number of people doing this must rise quickly develop symptoms that could increase Covid.

"Some of our research has shown that, at least in winter, around half a million people develop symptoms that are typical of Covid every day – and that in a winter when there was no Covid – as you can see that capacity needs must increase dramatically if we want to keep up. & # 39;

Hundreds of schools have been partially or completely closed due to proven and suspected coronavirus cases, creating fears of a domino effect that resulted in parents unable to go to work and empty offices returned.

More than every tenth child was not in class last Thursday, as figures show. The growing number of students and staff waiting for tests could affect parents' confidence in their children's return to school.

Dies geschah, nachdem Lehrer vor dem Bildungsministerium protestiert hatten und argumentierten, dass der Mangel an Tests und die Unfähigkeit von Mitarbeitern, Schülern und Eltern, an die Spitze der Warteschlange zu gelangen, die Rückkehr der Schulen zur Normalität verhindern.

Einer teilte dem i mit, dass sie am Sonntag weder online noch telefonisch einen Test für ihre Tochter buchen konnten, obwohl sie es stündlich versuchten.

Her efforts included driving to a local test center that turned out to be closed and then to Gatwick, where there were no queues, but she was turned away for not booking.

The public had been asked to carry out tests when in doubt. However, email checks revealed that 46 of the 49 virus hotspots – including Bolton, Bradford and Oldham – had no swabs to offer.

Preston, one of the three areas Tests revealed they weren't available until January – and 22 miles away.

It has been reported that Mr. Hancock is considering making GPs "gatekeepers" to the system.

However, this could put a massive strain on operations, with complaints that appointments are already extremely difficult to access in many areas.

There were long queues in front of the test centers yesterday with many desperate people who had not been given an online appointment but showed up anyway.

Lines formed in Southend – but in a sign of general chaos – other test centers such as Leeds were almost empty.

Dr. Patrick Roach, Secretary General of the NASUWT Teachers Union, has called on the government to give the education sector priority in assigning tests.

In a letter to the school minister, Dr. Roach said the union had heard from around 600 students who were told to self-isolate in Bury and that the situation was "increasingly out of control".

"Teachers, support staff and children and adolescents cannot access tests that show symptoms of Covid-19," he wrote.

"Employers have trouble dealing with the effects and consequences."

He added, "We have reports that schools are unable to cope with a situation that is getting increasingly out of control."

The founder of Oasis Community Learning, which serves 31,500 children at 52 academies across England, said 1,200 students were sent home in the first six days of the new school year.

Steve Chalke wrote in The Sun, "The reason for this is that either students or teachers have symptoms and cannot return until they get a negative test result."

One MP said her constituents in Twickenham, south-west London, had been asked to travel to Aberdeen to book a test.

Munira Wilson, Lib Dem health spokesperson, said: "We have been promised the world's best testing and traceability system, but what we have right now is a complete mess."

Herr Johnson hat Keir Starmer geklaut, weil er ihn heute bei PMQs nicht gesehen hat, nachdem der Labour-Führer bekannt gegeben hatte, dass eines seiner Kinder einen negativen Coronavirus-Test durchgeführt hat.

Der Labour-Führer sagte, er sei "erfreut und erleichtert", nach zwei Tagen Wartezeit auf das Ergebnis aus der Selbstisolation heraus zu sein.

Er ließ jedoch den Showdown in den Commons an diesem Mittag aus, wobei die stellvertretende Angela Rayner eintrat.

Sie sprach den Fall 'Keir' an der Versandkiste an und sagte, er müsse die Arbeit verpassen, weil er das Ergebnis eines Tests nicht rechtzeitig erhalten habe.

Aber Herr Johnson wies darauf hin, dass Sir Keir jetzt aus der Quarantäne war. "Ich weiß nicht genau, warum er nicht hier ist."

Der Ministerpräsident verteidigte die shambolischen Testregelungen trotz der Warnungen, dass die Schulen aufgrund von Verzögerungen kurz davor stehen, „nicht nachhaltig“ zu werden.

"Neunundachtzig Prozent derjenigen, die persönliche Tests durchgeführt haben, erhalten (Ergebnisse) am nächsten Tag", sagte Johnson. "Wir arbeiten sehr schnell daran, alle Testanfragen zu bearbeiten, die wir erhalten."

Herr Johnson bemühte sich, die Ursachen der Probleme zu erklären und sagte: "Das britische Volk reagiert verständlicherweise auf dieses System mit einem enormen Anstieg der Nachfrage."

Er bestand darauf, dass es "wichtig ist, dass jeder den Anweisungen folgt, wann er einen Test bekommen sollte".

Frau Rayner forderte den Premierminister auf, vor dem Winter Tests und PSA an Pflegeheime zu liefern.

"Der Premierminister hat sein Vertrauen in die Operation Moonshot gesetzt, aber mittlerweile gibt es auf dem Planeten Erde keine NHS-Tests für mehrere Gebiete mit hoher Infektion", sagte sie.

Sie fragte: "Kann der Premierminister Ja oder Nein bestätigen, haben alle Pflegeheime in diesem Land wöchentliche Tests?"

Herr Johnson antwortete: "Ja, nach meinem besten Wissen sollten Pflegeheime in diesem Land … wöchentliche Tests für alle Mitarbeiter und Tests alle 28 Tage für diejenigen, die in Pflegeheimen sind, die Bewohner in Pflegeheimen."

Der Ministerpräsident beklagte sich auch darüber, dass Labour "von der Seitenlinie" spielt, während die Regierung versuchte, "eines der schwierigsten Dilemmata" zu bewältigen, mit denen eine Regierung jemals konfrontiert war.

Gavin Williamson, der heute vor dem Bildungsausschuss erschien, gab bekannt, dass er diese Woche die Test & Trace-Zarin Baroness Harding der Regierung getroffen hatte, um darauf zu bestehen, dass für Schulen ein „schnelles“ Screening verfügbar sein muss.

Covid-Fälle treten bei Menschen mittleren Alters auf

The most recent PHE data released on Friday clearly shows that cases in each age group are spiraling. People in their twenties - who are not as susceptible to the disease and likely to escape death or serious illness - are driving the surge with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in the past three weeks

The most recent PHE data released on Friday clearly shows that cases in each age group are spiraling. People in their twenties – who are not as susceptible to the disease and likely to escape death or serious illness – are driving the surge with an infection rate of 46, which has doubled in the past three weeks

Covid-19 cases are on the rise among middle-aged people in England and have risen over 90 percent in 14 days as the outbreak continues to rise, official figures show.

Public Health England (PHE) data shows 23.4 cases are now diagnosed for every 100,000 people between the ages of 40 and 49 – up from 12.4 at the end of August. And coronavirus infection rates nearly doubled in just a week for people in their fifties, rising from 10.9 to 20.

Die aktuellsten PHE-Daten, die am Freitag veröffentlicht wurden, zeigen deutlich, dass die Fälle in jeder Altersgruppe zunehmen. Menschen in den Zwanzigern – die nicht so anfällig für die Krankheit sind und wahrscheinlich dem Tod oder einer schweren Krankheit entkommen – treiben den Anstieg mit einer Infektionsrate von 46 an, die sich in drei Wochen verdoppelt hat.

Die Angst vor einer zweiten Welle wächst, da die Zahl der Briten, bei denen täglich Covid-19 diagnostiziert wird, zum ersten Mal seit Mai 3.000 überschritten hat. Die Minister wurden auch durch die zunehmenden Ausbrüche in Spanien und Frankreich und die steigenden Krankenhauseinweisungen auf dem Kontinent erschreckt.

Die Krankenhauseinweisungen – eine weitere Methode zur Messung der Schwere der Pandemie – haben sich in England in den letzten neun Tagen verdoppelt. Mehr als 150 neu infizierte Patienten mussten am Sonntag mit NHS behandelt werden, gegenüber einem rollierenden Sieben-Tage-Durchschnitt von 52 am letzten Augusttag.

„Wir waren uns immer bewusst, dass es mit Kindern, die wieder in die Schule kommen, eine Situation geben würde, in der die Menschen mehr Zugang zu Tests benötigen würden. Deshalb haben wir diese Testlieferungen an jede Schule in England sichergestellt. Aus diesem Grund haben wir heute Morgen das Bestellsystem geöffnet, damit Schulen neue Tests bestellen können und diese direkt vom NHS erhalten können “, sagte er.

Herr Williamson sagte, er habe Lady Harding gegenüber betont, dass das Testen für Schulen eine „Priorität“ sein müsse.

„Gerade diese Woche habe ich mich mit Baronin Harding von Test and Trace und dem NHS getroffen, um einige Bedenken hervorzuheben, die die Schulen hinsichtlich des Turnarounds hatten, und um sicherzustellen, dass die Lehrer so schnell wie möglich getestet werden können und dies auch können in der Lage, zum frühestmöglichen Zeitpunkt wieder zu unterrichten. & # 39;

Herr Williamson wich Fragen darüber aus, ob die Regierung Testergebnisse für Schulen innerhalb von 48 Stunden garantieren könnte, fügte jedoch hinzu: „Wie Sie sich vorstellen können, habe ich mich mit Baroness Harding getroffen, um die Bedeutung und Priorität, die wir haben, weiterhin zu betonen Um alle unsere Schulen und Bildungseinrichtungen in Szene zu setzen, müssen wir stets sicherstellen, dass schnelle Tests verfügbar sind. & # 39;

Committee chairman Robert Halfon told BBC Radio 4's World at One later that he had been told schools would be a priority under Mr Hancock's new scheme.

'As I understand it, schools will be on the priority list,' Mr Halfon told the programme.

Department for Education sources said they had little control over the provision for schools, suggesting it was a 'problem in the labs'. 'We don't run testing. We don't oversee testing. It is a DHSC thing,' one source said.

An ally of Mr Williamson told MailOnline they had doubts about whether schools were the main part of the extra demand, pointing out that 1.6million children went back in June and July and 'we didn't see any of this'.

The ally added: 'There is definitely frustration there.'

Ministers faced a crisis back in the first wave of Covid when a campaign by the Mail led to Mr Hancock pledging to run 100,000 tests a day.

That pledge was later raised to 200,000 as part of the ambitious Operation Moonshot, then to 500,000 by the end of October, and now to four million by February next.

However, the system has been thrown into chaos again in the past few days as the demand for tests has grown massively and overwhelmed the laboratories.

The increase is due to an increase in daily cases, the return of schools, the introduction of regular swabs in nursing homes, and an increase in outbreaks.

There were also rumors of logistical problems in laboratories.

As a result, there has been a flurry of complaints that local people cannot access tests or that they have to wait too long to find out if they are positive or negative. Schools have closed while teachers await results from sick students.

NHS leaders warn of a crisis in hospitals, with medics forced to stay away from work and operations cancelled.

Figures today showed that, including antibody and surveillance screening, 221,192 tests were carried out across the UK in the previous 24 hours.

That was down from 227,075 yesterday, 231,969 on Monday and from 250,839 on Sunday.

The last time it was lower was September 9, when just 209,609 were conducted.

However, the government has not published a figure for the overall capacity since September 10, when it was claimed to be 374,917.

The Department of Health has refused to reveal how many people are trying to get swabs.

The number of people actually getting tested has gone up by 23 per cent since the end of August while capacity has increased by 12 per cent – although it is now not known.

Sodexo, which operates the centers, has posted job advertisements for employees on the drive-and-walk-in sites as the UK prepares for a rising number of cases as the number of infections rises in people of all ages in England.

Labor MPs have called the test fiasco a "farce" and "unacceptable", while scholars admit they are seriously concerned that the government has not prepared for what they have known for months will eventually happen .

Professor Alan McNally, a geneticist at the University of Birmingham who helped set up a government laboratory in Milton Keynes, told BBC Breakfast yesterday that there are "clearly underlying issues that no one wants to tell us about".

He said, "I think there is an increase in demand (and) I think our reported capacity is very different from the actual number of tests that can be done in any given day."

Dr Joshua Moon, from the University of Sussex Business School, added: 'One of the deeper issues is why we are seeing an acute shortage when total tests per day currently sit at two thirds of the government's claimed testing capacity.

“I am particularly concerned about why the claimed capacity was so much higher than it actually was.

'Without proper understanding of the system's capacity, there is a fundamental weakness in ability to plan for the future.'

In a round of radio interviews this morning, J.Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said testing capacity was "ramped up" to meet demand. He said Mr. Hancock would be presenting the "priority list" "in the next few days".

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Buckland said, “I don't shy away from the current edition, but I am trying to explain that we have accepted the scale of the challenge instead of sitting back and pretending everything is fine. We are expanding the test centers, increasing the laboratory capacity and putting new laboratories into operation so that we can achieve this rapid processing. & # 39;

He added: “The fact that the government kept talking about the dangers of a second wave, the Prime Minister, all of us, at all times was absolutely focused on the dangers of the second wave – we saw what was happening in France.

“We absolutely believe that if we are to balance the restoration of the economy and the schooling of children in the fall, we all have a special responsibility to follow all of these guidelines, then do everything possible to defeat this virus . & # 39;

The testing meltdown has come in the context of a spike in coronavirus cases, with fears that the situation is on the verge of spiralling out of control again.

Brits could face an even tougher lockdown within two weeks if the rule of six doesn't eliminate coronavirus cases, it was claimed today.

Ministers and government officials insist that despite a wave of criticism, they are ready to take more draconian steps to stop the spread.

Options on the table can range from curfews to pubs closing – although it is clear that schools will remain open.

Local areas where cases are above 20 per 100,000

Bolton 204.1 (587), 152.0 (437)

Oadby and Wigston 136.8 (78), 52.6 (30)

Hyndburn 132.0 (107), 64.2 (52)

Preston 125.8 (180), 75.5 (108)

Burnley 124.8 (111), 70.9 (63)

Blackburn with Darwen 120.2 (180), 73.5 (110)

Oldham 114.7 (272), 66.6 (158)

Liverpool 106.4 (530), 56.8 (283)

Tameside 105.1 (238), 75.1 (170)

Warrington 104.8 (220), 57.6 (121)

Knowsley 102.7 (155), 51.0 (77)

St Helens 101.3 (183), 50.4 (91)

Rossendale 96.5 (69), 44.8 (32)

Bradford 93.6 (505), 82.8 (447)

South Tyneside 93.4 (141), 60.9 (92)

Wirral 91.7 (297), 66.0 (214)

Rochdale 90.8 (202), 68.8 (153)

Leicester 89.8 (318), 60.7 (215)

Salford 89.6 (232), 75.3 (195)

Bury 85.9 (164), 70.2 (134)

Birmingham 83.4 (952), 80.9 (924)

Sunderland 82.1 (228), 73.5 (204)

Gateshead 81.7 (165), 58.4 (118)

Manchester 79.9 (442), 68.7 (380)

Leeds 72.9 (578), 66.1 (524)

Halton 72.6 (94), 28.6 (37)

Pendle 71.7 (66), 58.6 (54)

Kirklees 70.7 (311), 42.7 (188)

Solihull 68.4 (148), 64.7 (140)

Newcastle upon Tyne 64.1 (194), 51.2 (155)

Blaby 63.0 (64), 53.2 (54)

Sandwell 62.4 (205), 41.7 (137)

Calderdale 58.6 (124), 45.4 (96)

Wolverhampton 55.4 (146), 41.4 (109)

Barrow-in-Furness 53.7 (36), 29.8 (20)

Sefton 52.5 (145), 37.3 (103)

Hartlepool 52.3 (49), 52.3 (49)

Rugby 51.4 (56), 28.5 (31)

Selby 49.7 (45), 47.5 (43)

Wyre 49.1 (55), 23.2 (26)

South Ribble 48.7 (54), 39.7 (44)

Sheffield 47.7 (279), 38.1 (223)

North Tyneside 46.7 (97), 37.5 (78)

Wigan 45.3 (149), 37.7 (124)

Stockport 45.0 (132), 32.7 (96)

Chorley 44.8 (53), 20.3 (24)

Spelthorne 44.1 (44), 31.0 (31)

Windsor and Maidenhead 43.6 (66), 20.5 (31)

High Peak 43.2 (40), 25.9 (24)

Trafford 43.0 (102), 32.9 (78)

Corby 41.5 (30), 47.1 (34)

Rotherham 41.4 (110), 30.1 (80)

St Albans 39.7 (59), 20.9 (31)

Charnwood 38.7 (72), 20.4 (38)

Craven 38.5 (22), 26.3 (15)

Redbridge 38.3 (117), 35.4 (108)

Northampton 38.3 (86), 33.4 (75)

Scarborough 37.7 (41), 39.5 (43)

County Durham 37.4 (198), 32.4 (172)

Bolsover 37.2 (30), 18.6 (15)

Fylde 37.1 (30), 17.3 (14)

Hounslow 36.8 (100), 30.2 (82)

Kettering 36.4 (37), 28.5 (29)

Middlesbrough 36.2 (51), 51.8 (73)

Walsall 36.1 (103), 25.2 (72)

Broxtowe 36.0 (41), 40.3 (46)

Mansfield 34.8 (38), 26.5 (29)

Stevenage 34.2 (30), 17.1 (15)

Coventry 33.4 (124), 27.5 (102)

Wakefield 33.0 (115), 25.3 (88)

Ashfield 32.8 (42), 28.9 (37)

Cannock Chase 32.8 (33), 12.9 (13)

Barking and Dagenham 32.4 (69), 30.1 (64)

Blackpool 32.3 (45), 22.9 (32)

Hambleton 31.7 (29), 10.9 (10)

Hertsmere 31.5 (33), 49.6 (52)

York 30.9 (65), 14.2 (30)

West Lancashire 30.6 (35), 38.5 (44)

Amber Valley 30.4 (39), 14.0 (18)

Stockton-on-Tees 30.4 (60), 24.3 (48)

Enfield 30.3 (101), 23.4 (78)

South Staffordshire 30.2 (34), 24.0 (27)

Wellingborough 30.1 (24), 18.8 (15)

Nottingham 30.0 (100), 31.8 (106)

Cheshire West and Chester 30.0 (103), 19.8 (68)

Castle Point 29.9 (27), 16.6 (15)

Harborough 29.8 (28), 20.3 (19)

Havering 29.7 (77), 33.5 (87)

North East Derbyshire 29.6 (30), 17.7 (18)

Welwyn Hatfield 29.3 (36), 18.7 (23)

Stoke-on-Trent 29.3 (75), 30.0 (77)

Harrogate 29.2 (47), 34.8 (56)

Ealing 29.0 (99), 20.8 (71)

Tamworth 28.7 (22), 20.9 (16)

Hammersmith and Fulham 28.6 (53), 28.6 (53)

Hackney and City of London 28.5 (83), 19.9 (58)

Bromsgrove 28.0 (28), 29.0 (29)

Runnymede 28.0 (25), 15.7 (14)

Malvern Hills 28.0 (22), 30.5 (24)

Luton 27.7 (59), 26.3 (56)

Dudley 27.4 (88), 24.6 (79)

Newham 27.2 (96), 30.6 (108)

Peterborough 26.2 (53), 26.2 (53)

Northumberland 25.7 (83), 21.1 (68)

Chesterfield 25.7 (27), 20.0 (21)

Haringey 25.7 (69), 25.3 (68)

Oxford 25.6 (39), 23.6 (36)

Barnsley 25.5 (63), 32.8 (81)

Wandsworth 25.5 (84), 24.6 (81)

Tower Hamlets 25.3 (82), 28.6 (93)

Rushcliffe 25.2 (30), 23.5 (28)

North Lincolnshire 25.0 (43), 11.0 (19)

Hinckley and Bosworth 24.7 (28), 11.5 (13)

Harrow 24.7 (62), 26.3 (66)

Darlington 24.3 (26), 14.0 (15)

Kensington and Chelsea 24.3 (38), 33.9 (53)

Waltham Forest 23.8 (66), 16.2 (45)

Cheshire East 23.7 (91), 23.9 (92)

Brent 23.3 (77), 18.2 (60)

Lancaster 23.3 (34), 14.4 (21)

Lincoln 23.2 (23), 44.3 (44)

West Lindsey 23.0 (22), 16.7 (16)

Camden 23.0 (62), 13.3 (36)

Brighton and Hove 22.7 (66), 13.1 (38)

East Staffordshire 22.5 (27), 35.1 (42)

Slough 22.1 (33), 21.4 (32)

Doncaster 21.8 (68), 11.2 (35)

Lambeth 21.8 (71), 27.0 (88)

Adur 21.8 (14), 15.6 (10)

South Kesteven 21.8 (31), 14.0 (20)

Newcastle-under-Lyme 21.6 (28), 23.9 (31)

Horsham 21.6 (31), 9.0 (13)

East Riding of Yorkshire 21.4 (73), 10.8 (37)

North Kesteven 21.4 (25), 26.5 (31)

Bedford 21.4 (37), 19.0 (33)

Bracknell Forest 21.2 (26), 19.6 (24)

Barnet 21.0 (83), 26.0 (103)

Erewash 20.8 (24), 14.7 (17)

Nuneaton and Bedworth 20.8 (27), 13.9 (18)

Wyre Forest 20.7 (21), 10.9 (11)

Southwark 20.7 (66), 21.0 (67)

Stafford 20.4 (28), 21.1 (29)

Derby 20.2 (52), 16.3 (42)

Wychavon 20.1 (26), 20.9 (27)

South Bucks 20.0 (14), 15.7 (11)

Local areas where cases are below 20 per 100,000

Ribble Valley 19.7 (12), 14.8 (9)

South Derbyshire 19.6 (21), 22.4 (24)

Tandridge 19.3 (17), 13.6 (12)

Herefordshire 19.2 (37), 12.4 (24)

Richmond upon Thames 19.2 (38), 20.2 (40)

Redcar and Cleveland 19.0 (26), 29.9 (41)

Gedling 18.7 (22), 16.1 (19)

Dartford 18.6 (21), 5.3 (6)

Watford 18.6 (18), 26.9 (26)

Hillingdon 18.6 (57), 22.8 (70)

Lichfield 18.1 (19), 16.2 (17)

Greenwich 18.1 (52), 12.2 (35)

Rushmoor 18.0 (17), 11.6 (11)

Lewisham 17.7 (54), 18.3 (56)

Melton 17.6 (9), 31.2 (16)

Plymouth 17.6 (46), 13.0 (34)

Reigate and Banstead 17.5 (26), 16.1 (24)

Kingston upon Thames 17.5 (31), 17.5 (31)

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 17.2 (68), 17.7 (70)

Worthing 17.2 (19), 29.8 (33)

Newark and Sherwood 17.2 (21), 16.3 (20)

Merton 16.9 (35), 15.0 (31)

Islington 16.9 (41), 23.1 (56)

West Suffolk 16.8 (30), 15.6 (28)

Richmondshire 16.8 (9), 7.4 (4)

Westminster 16.5 (43), 22.6 (59)

Daventry 16.3 (14), 17.5 (15)

Three Rivers 16.1 (15), 18.2 (17)

East Northamptonshire 15.9 (15), 23.3 (22)

Warwick 15.3 (22), 15.3 (22)

Redditch 15.2 (13), 11.7 (10)

Croydon 15.0 (58), 19.1 (74)

Basildon 15.0 (28), 16.6 (31)

Woking 14.9 (15), 17.9 (18)

Southend-on-Sea 14.7 (27), 13.7 (25)

South Gloucestershire 14.7 (42), 13.3 (38)

Huntingdonshire 14.6 (26), 3.9 (7)

Broxbourne 14.4 (14), 16.4 (16)

Brentwood 14.3 (11), 15.6 (12)

North Hertfordshire 14.2 (19), 18.0 (24)

Bromley 14.1 (47), 16.5 (55)

Cherwell 14.0 (21), 10.6 (16)

Elmbridge 13.9 (19), 24.9 (34)

Worcester 13.8 (14), 12.8 (13)

South Holland 13.7 (13), 3.2 (3)

Chiltern 13.6 (13), 20.8 (20)

Shropshire 13.3 (43), 11.5 (37)

Allerdale 13.3 (13), 12.3 (12)

Staffordshire Moorlands 13.2 (13), 20.3 (20)

Copeland 13.2 (9), 2.9 (2)

Bristol 13.2 (61), 19.6 (91)

Eden 13.1 (7), 11.3 (6)

Great Yarmouth 13.1 (13), 17.1 (17)

Mendip 13.0 (15), 12.1 (14)

Epping Forest 12.9 (17), 12.1 (16)

Cheltenham 12.9 (15), 12.0 (14)

Bexley 12.9 (32), 10.5 (26)

Breckland 12.9 (18), 11.4 (16)

Rochford 12.6 (11), 6.9 (6)

Rutland 12.5 (5), 5.0 (2)

Central Bedfordshire 12.5 (36), 10.7 (31)

Crawley 12.5 (14), 7.1 (8)

Telford and Wrekin 12.2 (22), 15.0 (27)

Portsmouth 12.1 (26), 10.7 (23)

North Somerset 12.1 (26), 26.5 (57)

East Lindsey 12.0 (17), 7.8 (11)

Hastings 11.9 (11), 13.0 (12)

Fenland 11.8 (12), 2.9 (3)

South Northamptonshire 11.6 (11), 12.7 (12)

Sutton 11.6 (24), 13.6 (28)

Mole Valley 11.5 (10), 11.5 (10)

Wycombe 11.5 (20), 15.5 (27)

South Lakeland 11.4 (12), 17.1 (18)

Guildford 11.4 (17), 14.1 (21)

Tonbridge and Malling 11.4 (15), 6.1 (8)

Cambridge 11.2 (14), 16.0 (20)

Epsom and Ewell 11.2 (9), 22.3 (18)

Milton Keynes 11.1 (30), 14.1 (38)

Bassetlaw 11.1 (13), 13.6 (16)

Thurrock 10.9 (19), 11.5 (20)

Hull 10.8 (28), 10.0 (26)

Chichester 10.7 (13), 14.0 (17)

North Warwickshire 10.7 (7), 19.9 (13)

Norwich 10.7 (15), 12.8 (18)

Wokingham 10.5 (18), 10.5 (18)

Forest of Dean 10.4 (9), 5.8 (5)

Swindon 10.4 (23), 16.2 (36)

Havant 10.3 (13), 3.2 (4)

Gravesham 10.3 (11), 10.3 (11)

Stratford-on-Avon 10.0 (13), 14.6 (19)

Boston 10.0 (7), 5.7 (4)

West Oxfordshire 9.9 (11), 17.2 (19)

Chelmsford 9.5 (17), 11.8 (21)

Test Valley 9.5 (12), 26.9 (34)

Southampton 9.5 (24), 8.3 (21)

Fareham 9.5 (11), 11.2 (13)

New Forest 9.4 (17), 25.0 (45)

South Cambridgeshire 9.4 (15), 11.3 (18)

Swale 9.3 (14), 19.3 (29)

Reading 9.3 (15), 21.0 (34)

Tunbridge Wells 9.3 (11), 20.2 (24)

Harlow 9.2 (8), 5.7 (5)

Exeter 9.1 (12), 10.7 (14)

Ryedale 9.0 (5), 12.6 (7)

Aylesbury Vale 9.0 (18), 7.5 (15)

Surrey Heath 9.0 (8), 17.9 (16)

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 8.9 (51), 5.8 (33)

Vale of White Horse 8.8 (12), 13.2 (18)

Waverley 8.7 (11), 18.2 (23)

East Hertfordshire 8.7 (13), 9.3 (14)

Mid Sussex 8.6 (13), 13.9 (21)

Tewkesbury 8.4 (8), 6.3 (6)

East Suffolk 8.4 (21), 6.4 (16)

Dacorum 8.4 (13), 14.9 (23)

Stroud 8.3 (10), 9.2 (11)

Sevenoaks 8.3 (10), 13.3 (16)

Wiltshire 8.2 (41), 19.0 (95)

Cotswold 7.8 (7), 8.9 (8)

Thanet 7.8 (11), 2.8 (4)

Gloucester 7.7 (10), 9.3 (12)

Somerset West and Taunton 7.7 (12), 9.0 (14)

North East Lincolnshire 7.5 (12), 9.4 (15)

Wealden 7.4 (12), 14.2 (23)

Torridge 7.3 (5), 8.8 (6)

Sedgemoor 7.3 (9), 7.3 (9)

Ipswich 7.3 (10), 8.0 (11)

South Norfolk 7.1 (10), 7.1 (10)

Derbyshire Dales 6.9 (5), 6.9 (5)

Broadland 6.9 (9), 10.7 (14)

Arun 6.8 (11), 16.8 (27)

North West Leicestershire 6.8 (7), 15.4 (16)

Eastbourne 6.7 (7), 26.0 (27)

Mid Suffolk 6.7 (7), 6.7 (7)

Uttlesford 6.6 (6), 26.3 (24)

Medway 6.5 (18), 8.3 (23)

Carlisle 6.4 (7), 12.0 (13)

Winchester 6.4 (8), 5.6 (7)

Bath and North East Somerset 6.2 (12), 17.6 (34)

Hart 6.2 (6), 7.2 (7)

Colchester 6.2 (12), 6.7 (13)

Dorset 6.1 (23), 10.3 (39)

King's Lynn and West Norfolk 5.9 (9), 7.3 (11)

Gosport 5.9 (5), 3.5 (3)

Maidstone 5.8 (10), 9.3 (16)

West Berkshire 5.7 (9), 9.5 (15)

South Oxfordshire 5.6 (8), 12.7 (18)

East Devon 5.5 (8), 12.3 (18)

Folkestone and Hythe 5.3 (6), 9.7 (11)

Teignbridge 5.2 (7), 6.7 (9)

North Devon 5.1 (5), 10.3 (10)

Basingstoke and Deane 5.1 (9), 6.8 (12)

Isle of Wight 4.9 (7), 6.3 (9)

East Hampshire 4.9 (6), 13.1 (16)

Lewes 4.8 (5), 11.6 (12)

Canterbury 4.8 (8), 9.1 (15)

Eastleigh 4.5 (6), 6.7 (9)

Rother 4.2 (4), 16.7 (16)

Braintree 3.9 (6), 7.2 (11)

Mid Devon 3.6 (3), 7.3 (6)

South Somerset 3.6 (6), 8.9 (15)

Maldon 3.1 (2), 4.6 (3)

Ashford 3.1 (4), 5.4 (7)

Tendring 2.7 (4), 2.0 (3)

Dover 2.5 (3), 14.4 (17)

South Hams 2.3 (2), 10.3 (9)

East Cambridgeshire 2.2 (2), 2.2 (2)

Babergh 2.2 (2), 10.9 (10)

West Devon 1.8 (1), 3.6 (2)

North Norfolk 1.0 (1), 3.8 (4)

Torbay 0.7 (1), 10.3 (14)

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