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UK lockdown map: 13million under local lockdowns and tough new rules – so where’s next?

BRITAIN could be heading for another national lockdown – with up to 13million people now living under tightened new restrictions.

Scores of coronavirus hotspots have emerged in large swathes of the country in recent weeks as cases rise and infection rates go up.

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As a result, several regions – including all of the North East, Greater Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester – have been plunged into lockdown or given restrictions that limit households mixing and curfews.

And now Merseyside and Lancashire – with Blackpool exempt – have been hit with new rules. The restrictions will come into force in those areas on Tuesday.

About one in five Brits are now seeing their freedoms limited as a swathe of North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire spots roll back into local lockdowns from September 22.

Yesterday just under 10m people were in lockdown but today’s announcement brings that figure to almost 13m.

It comes as London is feared to be weeks away from more severe rule changes with 10pm curfews and pubs shut, after Mayor Sadiq Khan cancelled the NYE fireworks over virus concerns.

Yesterday the North East was handed tougher new rules, with households banned from mixing, 10pm curfews imposed and restaurants and cafes limited to offering table service only.

The Health Secretary refused to rule out a second national lockdown this morning, amid fears Covid cases are spiralling as high as 38,000 a day, and said the country faces a “big moment”.

Matt Hancock revealed the latest data shows hospital admissions are now doubling every eight days, amid warnings that deaths will rise in the coming weeks.  

It comes after reports Professor Chris Whitty wants a second two-week national lockdown, as the true number of coronavirus cases could have soared as labs struggle to keep up with testing.

While all of England is now having to adhere to the “rule of six” – which limits gatherings to half a dozen people – some entire regions are living with or soon face harsher rules.   

Boris Johnson hasn’t ruled out another national shutdown – although with the increasing number of lightning lockdowns across many regions, much of the country is already living with enforced changes.

Warning a second national lockdown would be “disastrous”, the PM told The Sun on Wednesday: “I don’t want a second national lockdown.”  

Merseyside has been placed under more severe lockdown rules today after a concerning rise in cases.

From Tuesday, residents there cannot mix with other households and should only take public transport for essential trips.

No sport is allowed and pubs and restaurants must shut at 10pm after offering only table service.

Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson predicted further restrictions were coming – after Merseyside was put on the Government watch list of hotspots to keep an eye on.

  The city has seen soaring coronavirus rates, with 106.4 cases per 100,000 people. There have been 530 new cases in the last seven days.  

The Wirral and St Helen’s have all seen rising rates, with St Helen’s seeing cases double in the space of a week.

Northumberland, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle and County Durham is now back into lockdown.

The infection rate in all of those areas is above 70, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed yesterday.

He said the number of patients on ventilators has risen over 100 for the first time since July in the North East, adding the rise in rates is “concerning”.

Bars will now have to close between 10pm and 5am while restaurants, cafes and pubs are table service only. Separate households will also not be allowed to mix.

Residents have been warned they should only use public transport for essential travel and not go on holiday while restrictions are in place.

The City of Manchester, Trafford, Oldham, Bury, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford all still have coronavirus restrictions. Wigan and Stockport were under local lockdown, but are now back in line with the rest of the country, although both are being closely monitored.

The 2.8million residents in Greater Manchester are not allowed to mix with other households inside homes or private gardens, apart from if you have formed a support bubble.

They also cannot visit someone else’s house or garden, even if they are outside the lockdown area.

All pubs and restaurants in Bolton are now takeaway only and have to close between 10pm and 5am. Residents have been told they shouldn’t socialise with people they don’t live with in indoor public venues.

Care home and hospital visits have also been restricted in Bolton.

Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, exhibition centres and conference halls cannot open. And weddings with more than 20 people having a sit-down meal are not allowed.

Separate households in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull are no longer allowed to meet each other indoors or outside. This was brought back in on September 15 following a spike in cases.

Households within a bubble can still meet up and visit public places together.

Anyone not living together cannot meet up in private homes or gardens or public places.

The shutdown affects more than 1.6million people. The move came after regional health and local authority leaders engaged in two days of talks.

Warrington and Halton have seen a sharp rise in cases in the local area and from Tuesday will ban residents from mixing with other households and taking public transport for non-essential trips.

No sport is allowed and pubs and restaurants must shut at 10pm after offering only table service under the new rules.

Mr 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.

The rate of infection per 100,000 is now at 104.8 with almost 500 new cases in Cheshire in the past week.

In Warrington there has been 220 of those cases confirmed in just one week.

A county-wide lockdown – excluding Blackpool – will come into force on Tuesday banning socialising between households.

Table service will be in place at pubs and restaurants, with a 10pm curfew.

Residents should only use public transport if essential, and no sport is allowed throughout Lancashire.

Care home and hospital visits have been restricted and only allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, exhibition centres and conference halls cannot open. And weddings with more than 20 people having a sit-down meal are not allowed.

Clinically extremely vulnerable are still advised to shield in Blackburn.

People living in Wolverhampton will also face stricter rules from Tuesday, with a ban on all socialising.

Households will not be able to mix indoors or in their gardens as part of the bid to contain the spiralling cases across the Midlands.

Wider socialising in the city is also banned with anyone not in your household. 

Latest figures for Wolverhampton show the rate is 55.4 per 100,000 – and in just one week (September 7-13) there were 146 positive cases. Data for the last couple of days has been excluded from national figures, and is currently being “revised”. 

Oadby & Wigston in Leicestershire will also be banned from mixing with people outside their own households or support bubbles. Birmingham and Leicester already have their own restrictions meaning much of the Midlands is now living under a lockdown.

Leader of Wolverhampton Council, Councillor Ian Brookfield, warned: “Please play your part and together we will get through this.”

Leicester’s 552,000 residents are still not allowed to meet up with people from different households in homes and gardens, unless within a support bubble.

Clinically extremely vulnerable are still advised to shield in Leicester.

The city was the first in the UK to go into local lockdown on June 30, and was the only place in the country not allowed to ease restrictions in line with the rest of the country on July 4.

At the time, Leicester accounted for 10 per cent of all coronavirus cases in the UK.

Residents were banned from leaving home unless necessary or leaving the city, with officers stopping drivers and on duty at the station to spot check passengers.

In August pubs, cafes and restaurants reopened in the city, with residents also allowed to go on holiday with their household.

Some businesses were able to open back up on September 15, with the next review set for September 24.

All parts of Bradford will now be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens from 22 September.

Urgent visits from emergency repair workers or carers will be allowed.

Some wards had been removed from the previous restrictions Bradford faces, but after a rise in cases, the entire city won’t be able to socialise with other households from Tuesday.

In the seven days up to September 13, the rate for confirmed COVID-19 cases in the district was 93.6 people per 100,000.

Kirklees and Calderdale, both in West Yorkshire, have also been slapped with a ban on socialising.

All socialising is banned from Tuesday with households told not to mix indoors or outdoors.

Carers and emergency repair workers are allowed into homes on an urgent basis, but otherwise household visits should be avoided.

Kirklees has seen 311 new cases recorded in the last week, raising the infection rate from 47.8 (cases per 100,000 people) to 70.7.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “All parts of Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, will now be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens, from 22 September.

“Some wards in these areas had been exempt from restrictions on gatherings introduced at the start of August, but these wards will now also be subject to the ban.”

People living in Glasgow City, East Refrewshire and West Dunbartonshire should not mingle with people from other households in indoors areas.

But people living in different households can meet outdoors in gardens and at pubs and restaurants.

Visits indoors to hospitals and care homes are limited to essential visits only, with outdoor visits limited to up to three people at a time from no more than two households.

The entire country has to abide by rules on indoor and outdoor gatherings, with the number who can meet outside is now down to 15 following a rise in cases.

Residents are only allowed to meet up to six people from two households inside.

There are parts of Belfast that are currently facing extra measures too.

Anyone in the Belfast City Council area, the town of Ballymena or in postcode areas BT28, BT29 and BT43 are not allowed to mix with other households.

The county boroughs in southern Wales have seen restrictions brought back in after a spike in cases – with it expected to remain the same until October.

Residents there are not allowed to leave the county areas without a “reasonable excuse”, with people over 11 required to wear face coverings in shops.

Extended households, Wales’ version of the bubble system, have been suspended and people are only allowed to meet outdoors.

Britain’s capital has seen a rise of case rates in at least 30 boroughs, according to recent data. The city as a whole has an infection rate of 490.2.

And as the infection rate in around 20 boroughs teeters at the Government’s threshold for bringing in restrictions, 500,000 students are set to arrive in the capital for university.

The number of cases per 100,000 people over seven days is reported to have increased in London from 18.8 to around 25.

Councillor Peter John, chair of London Councils, told Times Radio that it wasn’t clear how the government would decide on putting further coronavirus restrictions in place in the capital.

He added: “I’m particularly concerned because we know that testing capacity has been taken away from London in the last few weeks to concentrate in the North and North West.

“Dido Harding told us that last week and we know that at least 20 percent of testing capacity has been removed from the city.”

Leeds is on the watchlist as the city’s infection rate jumped up, after 569 new cases were recorded in a week.

In just seven days the rate of infection per 100,000 people rose from 59.8 to 71.7.

That means Leeds is the second most infected area of Yorkshire after Bradford on 94.5.

Students were seen out and about in the city last night to mark the start of the new university term.

Many appeared not to be following the new rule of six – a limit on gatherings in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Lancashire city has reported an increase of 180 cases in the last week, with the rate of infection at 125.8 per 100,000 people.

Officials there are concerned the city could be rolled back into a more severe lockdown to curb the spread.

In the beginning of this month the cases there soared to the highest number since May 27.

Rossendale saw restrictions lifted on September but is now once again an are of concern.

The rate of infection there is now 96.5 with 69 new cases in the last week.

The North West of England has the highest rate of infection currently of 863.3.

It is feared a lockdown similar to that imposed on the North East this week could be next for the entire region.

 

 

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