Health Minister Matt Hancock has banned households in parts of Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire from meeting in the house tonight from midnight.
He claimed that the new blocking measures came into force after repeated violations of the rules led to an increase in new coronavirus cases.
The councils that are partially blocked are Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees and all of Greater Manchester.
These areas have some of the highest fall rates per 100,000 people. Blackburn with Darwen has a fall rate of 83.3, Oldham in Greater Manchester has 53.1, Bradford has 44.9 and Trafford has 39.3, according to NHS Digital.
It comes after Boris Johnson's warning that coronavirus cases "bubble up" in 10 to 30 cities across the UK.
Health Minister Matt Hancock has banned households in parts of Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire from meeting indoors this evening
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.
Mr. Hancock told Sky News: “We are looking at the data and have unfortunately noticed an increase in the number of coronavirus cases 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;
The North West has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the UK at 45,896.
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."
Boris Johnson said to Sky News today: “There are between ten and 30 places where there is a little bubbling. I think the whole country understands that the best way to deal with this is that we have hard local locks in these cities to get it under control. & # 39;
He added that the virus concentration in Leicester – the first city to be closed locally – is dropping due to a "big effort", but the British must not "pretend" that we are "somehow out of the forest".
"It is absolutely important that we as a country keep our focus and discipline and don't pretend that we are out of the forest somehow or that everything is over because it is not all over." & # 39; he said.
"The most important thing we can do is stop a second wave, a really harmful second wave that will have real consequences."
The Prime Minister continued to insist that the country had "massive success" in reducing the number of "tragic deaths" during the pandemic that killed over 45,975 people in Britain.
"It is clear that this country is now having massive success in reducing the number of these tragic deaths," he said. “We have it under a certain degree of control at the moment. The number of deaths is good, declining well. & # 39;
T.The number of deaths dropped to a rolling daily average of 66 this week, compared to a maximum of 1,445 over a 24-hour period in April. Another 38 deaths were reported today.
However, Mr Johnson has warned that Britain is not yet safe from the coronavirus crisis after official statistics show that England had the highest mortality rate in Europe in the first half of 2020.
"As a country, it is absolutely important that we continue to keep our focus and discipline and not pretend that we are out of the forest somehow or that everything is over because it is not all over." he said.
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.
- Leicester's blockage is being reviewed today – 48 hours earlier than expected, as official statistics show that the city's coronavirus infection rate has halved within 14 days.
- 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.
His comments came after Mr. Hancock denied stoking Covid-19's panic and hysteria after warning that a second wave "was beginning to roll across Europe" – and defended the sudden decision to put Spain on the list of quarantine countries record and extend the isolation period to ten days for people who tested positive for symptoms.
This morning, BBC broadcaster Nick Robinson has repeatedly asked Mr. Hancock if he is hysterical about rising cases in Europe and the UK, as infection rates are nowhere near the lockdown peak and are likely a symptom of the return of the Society to a new normal.
Mr. Robinson also asked if he was overreacting because he feared repeating mistakes number 10 made at the beginning of the outbreak, such as not quarantining travelers from abroad.
The health minister said, "No, it is not [risk hysteria]. I am the Minister of Health in the middle of the pandemic.
“We are absolutely determined to protect this country and it makes me sad to see these increases elsewhere, but I will be vigilant and act quickly if we have to, because that is what the virus requires and the virus is moving fast and we have to. & # 39;