Coronavirus: Home visits banned in components of northern England


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Media captionHealth Secretary Matt Hancock: “We take this action with a heavy heart”

Separate households will be unable to satisfy indoors from Friday in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and components of West Yorkshire, the federal government says.

Matt Hancock mentioned these areas had seen an “increasing rate of transmission”, which was “largely due” to individuals not following social distancing.

Labour criticised the federal government for a scarcity of readability over the restrictions and for asserting it “late at night”.

Details of the brand new rules have been printed two hours after the announcement.

Millions of individuals in Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees can be affected by the tightening of restrictions.

The new measures imply totally different households won’t be allowed to satisfy in houses or non-public gardens, however single households will nonetheless be capable to go to pubs and eating places.

The well being secretary additionally mentioned in Leicester, the place a neighborhood lockdown has been in place for the final month, the identical restrictions would additionally apply.

But pubs, eating places and another services can be allowed to reopen from Monday, as a few of the stricter measures are lifted.

The new lockdown rules for components of northern England come nearly 4 weeks after restrictions have been eased throughout England and other people have been allowed to satisfy indoors.

Mr Hancock mentioned: “We take this action with a heavy heart but unfortunately it’s necessary because we’ve seen that households meeting up and a lack of social distancing is one of the causes of this rising rate of coronavirus and we’ll do whatever is necessary to keep the country safe.”

Labour chief Keir Starmer tweeted that pronouncing measures “affecting potentially millions of people late at night on Twitter is a new low for the government’s communications during this crisis”.

He added: “When the government ended the daily press conferences, they said they would hold them for ‘significant announcements’, including local lockdowns. It’s hard to imagine what could be more significant than this.”

The newest announcement intimately

  • People in Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leicester can’t combine with different households (other than these of their help bubbles) in non-public houses or gardens
  • People in these areas can solely go to pubs and eating places with different members of their family
  • From Monday in Leicester, eating places, cafes, bars and hairdressers can open however leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools will stay closed
  • Cinemas and museums can even be capable to open in Leicester from Monday and spiritual ceremonies will be capable to happen
  • The borough of Oadby and Wigston on the outskirts of Leicester is taken out of native lockdown
  • Also, from Saturday, leisure services will open in Luton, bringing it in step with the remainder of the nation

The authorities at all times warned it will slam on the brakes if it needed to.

Now it has – on an unprecedented scale, with two-and-a-half hours discover.

Liberties not too long ago returned, almost immediately snatched away.

And snatched with a rebuke from the well being secretary for England – Matt Hancock – who repeatedly mentioned this was mandatory as a result of some within the areas affected had failed to stay to social distancing rules.

I’m instructed the change comes with out a time restrict, however can be reviewed each week.

And do not be shocked if the federal government, from the prime minister down, make the case that this might occur elsewhere too if individuals are cavalier in regards to the rules.

And but, in Leicester, the native, extra extreme restrictions imposed there are to be eased.

The child steps again in direction of normality are going to be hesitant and faltering; messy of their element and messy of their geography.

The virus has robbed us of many issues.

It continues to rob us of any certainty.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester – a metropolis with a inhabitants of about 2.8m – mentioned there had been a “marked change in the picture” with regard to the unfold of Covid-19 within the space.

“We have gone from a falling rate of cases in nearly all of our boroughs last week to a rising rate in nine out of 10 affecting communities across a much wider geography,” he mentioned. “In Rochdale, the one borough where cases have fallen, they are still too high.”

He mentioned all residents “young and old alike” ought to “protect each other” by observing the necessities, which can be reviewed weekly.

This means “the more we stick to them, the quicker they will be removed”, he mentioned.

“This is a place which prides itself on looking out for each other. We now need to be true to that by not acting selfishly and keeping the health of others in mind at all times.”

Jonathan Reynolds, shadow secretary for work and pensions and an MP within the Greater Manchester space, mentioned the figures have been exhibiting a rise in infections together with in Tameside the place constructive exams per 100,000 inhabitants has gone from 4.9 to 16.3.

BBC News correspondent Judith Moritz mentioned the federal government’s announcement was “a shock” however the information had been “pointing this way for some time”.

She mentioned residents “will find it hard to deal with” particularly these with a major Muslim inhabitants trying to have a good time Eid on Friday.

The restrictions are usually not as strict as people who have been imposed in Leicester, she mentioned, however Thursday’s announcement covers a a lot higher space.

Leicester launched a strict native lockdown firstly of July as a result of the town’s seven-day an infection fee had risen to 135 circumstances per 100,000 individuals. It has since fallen and the lockdown was lifted for some suburbs of the town.

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First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon mentioned the choice to ban households in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire from assembly indoors was the “right” one.

She mentioned the UK authorities was “right to act quickly”, including: “This is a sharp reminder that the threat of this virus is still very real.”

Miqdaad Versi, spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, mentioned the restrictions have been more likely to have a “large impact” on Muslim households celebrating Eid on Friday.

“Unclear why such short notice provided but important that this message is cascaded as quickly as possible given it goes live within a few hours,” he tweeted.

On Thursday, an additional 38 individuals within the UK died, bringing the full variety of Covid-19 related deaths to 45,999.

And 846 circumstances have been reported – the very best variety of circumstances in a day for a month.

In different developments on Thursday: