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Lockdown could be "relaxed" in the north in a few days


Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said lockdown in the north could be "eased" in a few days as falls "flatten"

  • Curbs may be raised in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire
  • Andy Burnham said there has been a "flattening" in the regions
  • He said areas with low infection rates should relax their restrictions

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has proposed easing coronavirus restrictions in the north "in a few days".

Residents of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire were instructed not to mingle with other households in private homes or gardens on July 30th.

The move by public health officials came after contact tracing data showed the infection was transmitted through people visiting each other and that there was an increase in cases across the regions.

However, after looking at the numbers, Andy Burnham said he was "hopeful" that restrictions could be eased soon as cases "flatten".

Andy Burnham said restrictions in the north could be lifted if falls flatten

Speaking to The Mirror, he said, “Our cases are flattening – with one exception, Oldham – and we are starting to turn the tide in most of our counties.

“The hope may be that we have a better time ahead of us.

"I think the blanket approach is being rolled back – certain districts where cases are lower will be released."

He said the case for this action was "pretty well done" and the counties with few cases, like Wigan, could soon ease their restrictions.

According to Public Health England, only two counties in the Greater Manchester area are showing an upward trend in coronavirus infections – Oldham and Manchester.

Four million people in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire were not allowed to meet people from different households indoors under the new lockdown rules introduced on July 30

Four million people in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire were not allowed to meet people from different households indoors under the new lockdown rules introduced on July 30

Oldham has seen the highest surge in infections in the region, although its rate has now also fallen below 100.

For areas where infection rates are still rising, Andy Burnham warned that a complete lockdown could be imposed in those areas, which would be "deeply harmful".

Data released by Public Health England shows the Northwest still has the most cases in the country at 49,904, followed by London with 37,093 and the Southeast with 36,397.

The first local lockdown was declared in Leicester, which included measures to close unnecessary shops, restaurants and cafes and pubs.

The restrictions remain in place, although they are due to be reviewed today.

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