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18 September 2020 18:35

Lancashire Coronavirus Lockdown

Merseyside, Lancashire and West Midlands all get tighter lockdown restrictions as cases rise

NEW lockdown restrictions will come into force on Tuesday (September 22) in Merseyside, Warrington and Halton, the Government has confirmed. Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens, hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only and late-night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm and 5am. Warrington is currently the 12th highest area for new cases in England with a total of 15 patients with coronavirus currently in Warrington and Halton hospitals. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton. Warrington Council leader Russ Bowden said: "We have been working closely with the government over the large increase of coronavirus cases in Warrington in recent weeks, and we welcome these new restrictions – in Warrington and the wider region – which are absolutely necessary if we are to drive down infection numbers." In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton, and Lancashire, apart from Blackpool and Greater Manchester, people are also advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work, and to avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

Huge parts of England's North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands face tough new restrictions from Tuesday as Matt Hancock refused to rule out a national lockdown. Ministers announced a tightening of rules in response to "major increases" in Covid-19 cases in large areas of the North West and Yorkshire and parts of the Midlands. In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), the following restrictions will be enforced from Tuesday: – Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens In the Midlands, people in Oadby and Wigston will be banned from socialising with others outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens from Tuesday. And in West Yorkshire, people in all parts of Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, will also be banned from socialising with other people outside their household or bubble from Tuesday. Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: "We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton.

"Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them. In the week to September 11, Covid-19 rates in Liverpool have increased to 100.6 per 100,000 people, while in Warrington they have risen to 111.2, and 145.5 in Oadby and Wigston. It comes after Mr Hancock said a second national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus has not been ruled out but the "great hope" is that people will heed current advice to help manage a "very serious" situation. He said a national lockdown was the "last line of defence" as he responded to reports that ministers are considering further national measures, even for just a two-week period, such as imposing a curfew on bars and restaurants. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Friday showed an estimated 59,800 people in private households in England had Covid-19 between September 4 and 10 – around one in 900 individuals.

New lockdown restrictions will come into force in more parts of England next week, it has been announced. The Government has confirmed local lockdown restrictions will be enforced across parts of the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire to ''curb rising infection rates''. The latest areas to face curbs are Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington, Halton, Wolverhampton, Oadby & Wigston, and parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale. The Government announced on Friday that residents in those areas must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens, hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only and late-night operating hours. The announcement came after the ONS said that in recent weeks there has been "clear evidence of an increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 aged two to 11 years, 17 to 24 years and 25 to 34 years".

The UK Government's core scientific advisory body is recommending a two-week national lockdown in October to slow the spread of coronavirus. Advice from Sage goes to all four governments in the UK but any decision on a national lockdown would be up to First Minister Mark Drakeford in Wales. Health Secretary Matt Hancock hasn't ruled it out but that a further national lockdown is the "last line of defence". New local lockdown restrictions have been confirmed for parts of North West England. The measure for Merseyside, Warrington and Halton in Cheshire and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), will come into forced on Tuesday, September 22. ENGLAND is facing a fresh lockdown in DAYS as Birmingham's Nightingale hospital was put on standby to re-open within 48 hours. Local lockdowns have spread even further with Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Wolverhampton and Merseyside given tighter restrictions, after the UK saw the highest rise in cases since May 8. 5 New cases in Merseyside and Lancashire have spiralled out of control Credit: AFP or licensors A member of the Government's Sage Committee Professor Andrew Hayward from UCL told Times Radio a "circuit break" lockdown is needed within days. DON'T TRAVEL: In some parts of the country people are being told only to use public transport if it's essential - for work and school. When asked today if the Prime Minister was considering a two-week so-called "circuit break" of new national Covid-19 restrictions, a Downing Street spokesperson told a Westminster briefing: "We have always been clear that our strategy is to keep the virus down as much as possible while protecting education and the economy. Overall, 385,936 cases have been confirmed.It also said a further 27 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday. Sage also said it is concerned coronavirus cases may currently be doubling as quickly as every seven days nationally, with transmission rates potentially even faster in some areas of the country." 5 Matt Hancock announced the new restrictions today Credit: Reuters Announcing the new measures, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said today: "We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton. According to the weekly surveillance study by Public Health England, cases are only falling in only three places with local lockdown measures in place. The new rules Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire: Mr Hancock today said that the number of "people being hospitalised is doubling every eight days" in a sign the virus is spreading exponentially again. In light of the new lockdown measures in much of the North East of England, Scots have been told to avoid all but essential travel over the border to Northumberland, including for work and school, because of the surge in cases. He said: "We are continuing to see increased numbers of cases of Covid-19 across the UK, with our neighbouring local authority area of Northumberland now facing restrictions on people mixing, and curfews in pubs."