More than a quarter of the UK population will live under additional coronavirus restrictions when new socialization measures go into effect in parts of the country.
In Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds, a ban on mixing households in each other’s homes went into effect at midnight.
Residents of these areas are also advised not to meet anyone outside their household or to gush in other environments such as bars, shops or parks.
It is because the UK had the highest number of coronavirus cases in a day with 6,874 laboratory confirmed cases.
Restrictions already apply in much of North West England, West Yorkshire, North East and Midlands and parts of West Scotland.
Earlier this week, a ban on indoor mixing was extended in Northern Ireland.
Cardiff and Swansea will be locked on site from 6 p.m. on Sunday, the Welsh government has confirmed.
People cannot enter or leave the areas without a proper excuse. They cannot hang out with someone they do not live with indoors as extended households are suspended.
The total number of people supposed to live under stricter rules will rise to 17 million.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there has been “an acceleration in Covid-19 cases across the country, particularly in the northwest and northeast”.
“Working with our science and public health experts and local leaders, we stand ready to take swift and decisive action to reduce virus transmission and protect communities.
“I recognize the stress and impact of these additional measures on our daily lives, but we must act together and quickly to fight infection.”
It comes from the fact that all London boroughs were added to the government’s list of problem areas after a surge in cases in the city.
The new status means that due to rising Covid-19 cases, the capital could receive additional tests and other help, such as working with risk groups.
- Manchester Metropolitan University students at two properties in the city have been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days after a surge in coronavirus cases.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call on world leaders to overcome their differences and unite in the fight against the coronavirus in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.
- The Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey found that coronavirus cases across England rose 60% in a week.
The seven-day moving average of cases in Blackpool rose from 48.8 per 100,000 a week ago to 69.6 per 100,000 on Friday, the government’s coronavirus dashboard shows.
The most recent seven-day Covid-19 rate in Leeds was 113.3 per 100,000 people, according to government figures, while Leeds health director Victoria Eaton put a positive test rate of 8.4%.
The dashboard also shows that the 7-day Covid-19 rate in Wigan has increased to 122.6 per 100,000 residents, while in Stockport it has increased to 77.4 per 100,000 residents.
Meanwhile, infectious disease modeling expert Professor Graham Medley warned that 100 coronavirus deaths would occur daily in just a few weeks.
Prof. Medley, who is attending the Sage Scientific Advisory Group, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the new restrictions will not stop deaths but will keep the toll from getting higher.
“A level of 10,000 (cases) that we are seeing now means that in three or four weeks we will see 100 deaths a day.
“To prevent this process from picking up again, we need to ensure that the transfer is interrupted now as this doubling time continues. The things we are doing now are not going to stop 100 people from dying every day, but they are going to keep it from going much higher. “
He also said he had “never heard” the 10pm curfew on hospitality discussed during Sage meetings.