Major incident declared in Greater Manchester over coronavirus rise

Henrietta Brewer
August 3, 2020

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said people "should not be alarmed" by the announcement of the major incident.

Greater Manchester is one of many areas in northern England facing new local lockdown restrictions.

What is the major incident in Greater Manchester and have the lockdown rules changed? People in the region can not go on holiday with others outside of their support bubble.

"It allows the establishment of a central command structure to oversee the response and enables agencies involved to draw on extra resources".

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The skyline of Manchester is seen as a person workouts, amid the spread of the coronavirus disorder (COVID-19), in Oldham, Britain, August 1, 2020.

"That, with a view to enabling these restrictions to be lifted as soon as possible, is exactly what we are doing".

Among the strictest measures adopted, citizens are not allowed visitors in their homes; meetings in public outdoor spaces are allowed in groups of no more than six people, unless the group includes only people from two households; social distancing must be maintained with people you do not live with; and you can still go on holiday, but only with the people you live with or with a support group of people who need it. - [INSIGHT]Eat Out to Help Out full list: Which restaurants are taking part?

Oldham also saw 137 new cases in the week leading up to 29 July, or roughly 58 out of 100,000 people and up from 91 the previous week.

According to The Sun, coronavirus cases have doubled in Manchester in just a week. "This is no more than a boost to our capabilities. and maximise our resources in the drive to reverse the spike in infection which we have witnessed in the last seven to 10 days", a Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) spokesperson said.

Provisional figures for the week to Friday, which will be revised by Public Health England in the coming 24 hours, suggest that trend then continued upwards.

The news comes after figures revealed that out of the 20 of the worst affected areas across England, seven were in English northwestern region, United Kingdom media reported.

Great Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: "We have been regularly monitoring the rate of infection across Greater Manchester".

"We agree with the Government that this provides a clear evidential basis for modest restrictions to be introduced to get the rate of infection down and down faster".

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