Coronavirus restrictions reimposed in parts of northern England

Henrietta Brewer
August 1, 2020

Cinemas and museums will also be able to open in Leicester and religious ceremonies will be able to take place.

"The problem with this virus is that it thrives on the social contact which makes life worth living", Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky.

More than 4 million people were ordered not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, the biggest city in northern England, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, though they can still go to the pub and to work.

On Thursday, a further 38 people in the United Kingdom died, bringing the total number of COVID-19 associated deaths to 45,999.

News that the reopening of English casinos, bowling alleys and ice rinks would be postponed came today in a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, backed the measures due to the increase in infections.

"The picture in Greater Manchester has changed over the last seven days", he told the BBC.

"We have a rise in nine out of the 10 boroughs, the reality on the ground is changing".

"I ask all Greater Manchester residents - young and old alike - to protect each other by observing these new requirements".

But people are allowed to attend a pub, church or mosque with members of their own household.

The opposition Labour party warned that the delayed reopening of parts of the economy could have dire consequences for workers, and called on the government to help those affected. Areas affected by the latest lockdown have significant Muslim populations.

The measures were introduced hastily during the start of the annual Eid al-Adha "feast of sacrifice", disrupting the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan for hundreds of thousands of British Muslims.

He added: 'We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of coronavirus across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe'.

Spain registered the second-highest toll in excess deaths - defined as the number of fatalities registered in excess of the five-year average - while Scotland saw the third-worst figures.

Britain on Friday "put the brakes on" easing lockdown measures and imposed new rules on millions of households in northern England, following concerns over a spike in coronavirus infections.

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