Blackburn could be the next area to go localized after an increase in coronavirus cases, as was announced today.
Lancashire City Mayors are imposing new restrictions to prevent measures taken in Leicester after a Covid-19 outbreak in the city of Midlands last month.
Blackburn with Darwen Council announced today that only two people can visit another person at home.
Facial coverings should be worn in closed public spaces with immediate effect, the council also said, while city leaders are encouraging people to exchange handshakes for "bumps in the elbows" to reduce hand-to-hand contact.
The Council announced that the rules should remain in force "for at least one month".
It comes after 61 new cases have been reported in the region within a week while mass testing has now begun, the BBC reports.
Heads of citizenship in the city of Lancashire impose new restrictions to prevent measures such as those taken at Leicester (photo: Members of the Armed Forces at a mobile test center in Leicester last month) following an outbreak by the city of Midlands last year in Covid-19 last month
It comes after Health Minister Matt Hancock confirmed earlier this month that the government's blocking measures would be lifted for the rest of the country, but would be extended in Leicester (Photo: Army members are working on a coronavirus test station in Leicester) for at least two weeks after a dramatic increase in cases
The single agency, which is responsible for all municipal services in the region, also encourages people to get tested, even if they have no symptoms.
In a statement released today on the Council's website, Blackburn said with Darwen's director of public health, Professor Dominic Harrison: “These steps will help, and we appeal to everyone in Blackburn with Darwen to follow them to help themselves and their loved ones protect.
What rules has Blackburn introduced with the Darwen Council?
These are the rules Blackburn announced with the Darwen Council today:
- A maximum of 2 people from the same household can visit another household
- Please wear face covers in all closed public spaces. Avoid hugging or shaking hands outside of your immediate family
- Small Business – We will reinforce our public protection recommendations to ensure that guidelines on facial coverage, social distance, good hygiene, and increased ventilation are followed
- Get tested – even if you have no symptoms, this helps you find the case
“If we don't do that, a local lock like in Leicester becomes a very real possibility.
"The Council is working on this with the NHS and the wider community. It is up to all of us to help each other follow the advice given."
"We can only avoid further blocking measures if we work together."
Prof. Harrison said data had shown an increase in infections in the South Asian community and found that families living in small townhouses had “cluster infections”.
According to a 2011 census, the former mill town had 117,963 inhabitants, including 148,850 including Darwen, of whom around 62 percent were registered as "white" and 34 percent as "Asian".
Prof. Harrison said that there will now be increased testing in the region and that the Council may consider reversing the relaxation of national blocking laws if necessary.
Meanwhile, Council President Mohammed Khan said residents should "make every sacrifice to avoid local closures."
He said, "Please continue to do your part to comply with the rules to protect yourself and your family."
The warning comes after figures suggest that the number of coronavirus infections in the Blackburn and Darwen region has risen from 29.5 per 100,000 population to 41 per 100,000 population for seven days to July 10.
In nearby Pendle, which is subordinate to the Pendle Borough Council and Lancarshire County Council, the value rose from 14.2 per 100,000 to 67.8 per 100,000.
The numbers are still small compared to Leicester, where local blocking measures have been imposed, increasing the rate from 156.8 per 100,000 in the seven days to June 26 to 114.3 per 100,000 in the seven days to 10. July has dropped.
The warning comes after figures suggest that the number of coronavirus infections in the Blackburn and Darwen region has risen from 29.5 per 100,000 population to 41 per 100,000 population for seven days to July 10
Regarding the numbers, Prof. Harrison said: "We know that people were concerned about the publication of numbers that show an increase in coronavirus cases in Blackburn with Darwen and do not want a second lock to be introduced."
"The Council also does not want the district to be in this position, so we are introducing these new measures to give everyone the easy steps they can take to help control the spread of the virus."
In the meantime, Dr. Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for the Lancashire County Council, told the Lancashire Telegraph: “These numbers are an early warning that the coronavirus has not disappeared.
"We all have to be careful and follow guidelines on social distance, face covering and hand washing to prevent them from returning."
The warning comes after Health Minister Matt Hancock confirmed earlier this month that while government blocking measures will be lifted for the rest of the country, Leicester will extend it by at least two weeks after a dramatic increase in cases.
While restaurants and bars opened across England on July 4th for the first time in three months, they remained closed in Leicester, while non-essential stores were closed two weeks after the reopening after the British blocking measures were introduced in March.
Leicester was plunged back into a local ban earlier this month after an increase in cases in the region
The Leicestershire County Council has issued this map, which shows the area that is subject to strict blocking measures
Schools in the Leicester region were also closed due to concerns that the increase in cases was due to child transmission.
Language barriers, high levels of diabetes, and poverty among Leicester BAME residents have been blamed for the rise of Covid-19 in the city of East Midlands, while angry Leicester residents attributed an explosion in coronavirus cases to "idiots" who opposed it violate social distance rules
The local lock in Leicester is expected to last at least until July 18.
After announcing the local blockage in Leicester, Dr. Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, predicted that other cities would be blocked in the same way.
He said: & # 39; go forward; In six months, nine months from today, we will have outbreaks in Manchester, Birmingham – other major cities.
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