Preston set to be added to local lockdown list as Gov review North West of England & Leicester

Preston set to be added to local lockdown list as Gov review North West of England & Leicester

PRESTON is set to be added to the list of places forced back into local lockdown.

The Government is set to review restrictions in the North West of England and Leicester today as more Brits brace themselves for stricter rules.

Matt Hancock is expected to announce an update on local lockdowns later today.

Greater Manchester and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire have all been thrown back into lockdown after new cases of coronavirus spiked.

People living within the hotspot areas are no longer able to meet one another inside homes but can still meet other households in pubs and restaurants.

Residents of Preston are waiting to see if similar measures will be enforced there after cases nearly doubled the number of new cases from 22 to 49.

It brings it to almost 35 cases per 100,000 of the population.

Preston recorded 49 new cases of coronavirus in the week to 31 July, more than double the week before when there were 22 – this meant almost 35 cases per 100,000 population.

To avoid having lockdown measures forced upon them, Preston Local Council has already advised people living in the city to avoid having visitors to their homes.

Aberdeen was subjected to even stricter local lockdown measures than any of the areas in England handed restrictions.

Pubs and restaurants were closed and people were told they were no longer able to travel further than 5 miles from their homes – a rule put in place Scotland wide during the national lockdown.

The threat of more local lockdown comes as the Government prepares to reopen schools for all pupils in September – and a major study warned this week that could cause a second wave of Covid-19 if the Test & Trace system isn't up to scratch.

Many of the local areas seeing spikes have implemented their own contact tracing systems relying on local knowledge of the area after the national service failed to pick up enough contacts.

Blackburn with Darwen announced this week they would take charge of contact tracing where the national system could not find people.

The Local Government Association demanded the system be led by local knowledge rather than massive call-centres.

They warned many people did not answer calls asking them to self-isolate because they do not want to pick up the phone to an 0300 number tracers dial from.




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