The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the North West has risen to nearly 52,500 as five regional boroughs were released from extra lockdown measures.
The total number of positive cases across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria, and Cheshire now stands at 52,482 after 285 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.
As of next Wednesday, September 2, Hyndburn, Burnley, Bolton, Stockport and Trafford will be lifted out of restrictions which were imposed as the region’s leaders grapple to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Extra restrictions will remain in place in Blackburn, parts of Pendle and Oldham.
The decision came after local political leaders submitted their recommendations to the Government’s Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC).
The area managed by Lancashire County Council now has 8,119 positive tests of the virus. In Blackpool there are 1,099 while in Blackburn with Darwen the number has risen to 1,814.
Pendle recorded the biggest increase in the county for the second day in a row with 11 new cases. Twelve of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs recorded at least one new case since yesterday while Cumbria’s tally rose to 3,020 after three districts announced new cases.
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.
Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by North West borough as of Friday, August 28:
There are 11,032 cases in Lancashire, 2,273 in Bolton, 1,567 in Bury, 2372 in Cheshire East, 2,135 in Cheshire West and Chester, 3,020 in Cumbria, 737 in Halton, 1,079 in Knowsley, 2,831 in Liverpool, 4,202 in Manchester, 2,869 in Oldham, 2,227 in Rochdale, 1,771 in Salford, 1,676 in Sefton, 1,283 in St Helens, 1,973 in Stockport, 1,891 in Tameside, 1,658 in Trafford, 1,407 in Warrington, 2,305 in Wigan and 2,173 in Wirral
More than one million people can again mix in different households from next week, after Covid-19 restrictions were eased in parts of northern England.
As well as the five North West boroughs mentioned above, social gatherings can also take place between two homes in parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We brought in measures to protect people in these parts of northern England, and I want to thank residents who have worked so hard to get on top of this virus.
“We’re seeing the positive results of our local approach, and are able to bring in increasingly targeted measures.
“It is vital we can maintain this good progress.
“I have every faith people across the country, especially in areas where we are seeing higher numbers of cases, will continue to play their part by following local rules, and self-isolating and requesting a free test as soon as they get any symptoms.”
Data showed coronavirus cases per 100,000 decreased during the week ending August 20 in Burnley from 52 to 24.6, in Bolton from 25.6 to 18.9, in Stockport from 23 to 15.1 and in Trafford from 27.1 to 17.8, said the Department of Health and Social Care.
But an analysis by the PA news agency of the latest Public Health England figures showed the rolling seven-day rate increased in Burnley, from 23.6 in the week to August 18 to 34.9 in the week to August 25 and in Trafford from 19.8 to 25.3.
Residents in Preston, Manchester, Rochdale, Bury, Tameside, Salford and Leicester will also still be banned from visiting others in their homes or gardens.
In addition, people in Oldham and parts of Blackburn and Pendle, where infection rates are the highest in the country, will still not be able to socialise with anyone outside their household anywhere.
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