A massive 926 new coronavirus cases were confirmed across the North West of England in the last 24 hours – one of the biggest daily rises since full lockdown.
The total number of positive tests recorded across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria and Cheshire now stands at 58,837.
This is up from 57,911 yesterday when 689 new cases were recorded.
The figures come as the Government tonight confirmed Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Greater Manchester – where lockdown restrictions are already in place – will remain as ‘areas of national intervention’.
Rossendale, Hyndburn and Burnley will also remain as ‘areas of enhanced support’.
No further changes have been made to lockdown measures across the region despite the rise in cases and 17 areas classed as ‘red alert’ status due to having infection rates over 50 cases per 100,000 people.
A ban on households mixing indoors will continue in City of Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Trafford, Oldham, Bury, Bolton and Tamesidez
In Oldham, in addition to a household mixing ban indoors, residents will continue to be advised to avoid mixing with anyone from another household anywhere.
Stockport will remain an ‘area of enhanced support’ while Merseyside has been added as an ‘areas of concern’.
In Bolton, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas (including soft play areas) will remain closed and all hospitality for food and drink is restricted to takeaway only following an announcement earlier this week.
There is a late-night restriction of operating hours in place, meaning venues will be required to close between 10pm and 5am. Socially distanced indoor performances will also remain closed and there continues to be restrictions on certain close contact services.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced tough new Covid-19 lockdown measures banning people from mixing in homes and gardens will be imposed on Birmingham in response to a rocketing infection rate. The same curbs will also be placed on the city’s neighbouring boroughs Sandwell and Solihull from Tuesday after significant rises in cases there.
Some businesses will be able to reopen in Leicester from Tuesday, which will be subject to the same business restrictions as the majority of England.
These changes are in addition to the nationwide ‘rule of six’ limt on social gatherings that will come into place on Monday (September 14).
Mr Hancock said: “The reinforcement of the nationwide rule of 6 for social gatherings sends a clear signal to us all – the whole country must continue to stay vigilant and practice social distancing to beat this virus.
“After seeing cases in the West Midlands continue to rise, the decision has been taken in collaboration with local leaders to ban households mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull. We never take these decisions lightly but social gatherings can spread the virus quickly, and we need residents to abide by the new rules to break the chains of transmission.
“Where targeted action has been taken, we are seeing signs of progress, and today’s easements in Leicester are proof that the measures we are putting in place in collaboration with local councils have a positive effect.
“We will not hesitate to take further action if needed, and my appeal to you all is to get a test if you are symptomatic, stay at home if you are required to self-isolate, and to constantly think: hands, face, space. Only then can we avoid further restrictions, and return to a sense of normality.”
In Lancashire, the areas managed by Lancashire County Council now have 9,005 positive tests of Covid-19. In Blackpool there are now 1,143 while in Blackburn with Darwen the number has risen to 2,038.
Blackburn with Darwen recorded the biggest daily rise in the county for the third consecutive day with 50 cases while Preston’s tally rose by 32.
Another 198 new cases were registered across 13 Lancashire boroughs since yesterday while Cumbria’s tally rose to 3,134.
Double digit rises were also recorded across nearly every North West local authority.
The data is based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.
No daily figures have been released showing how many tests have been carried out in each area of the North West.
Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by North West borough as of Friday, September 11:
There are 12,186 cases in Lancashire, 3,047 in Bolton, 1,779 in Bury, 2,514 in Cheshire East, 2,249 in Cheshire West and Chester, 3,134 in Cumbria, 804 in Halton, 1,198 in Knowsley, 3,255 in Liverpool, 4,852 in Manchester, 3,199 in Oldham, 2,492 in Rochdale, 2,110 in Salford, 1,841 in Sefton, 1,417 in St Helens, 2,114 in Stockport, 2,208 in Tameside, 1,823 in Trafford, 1,612 in Warrington, 2,488 in Wigan and 2,515 in Wirral
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