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Covid-19: Tighter restrictions imposed in the north of England as cases spike

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 31 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3066

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People in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and West Yorkshire are no longer allowed to have visitors in their homes or gardens—they can still visit shops, restaurants, and pubs but cannot mix households while they are there, new government guidance has said.

The new local restrictions have been imposed because of a rising number of covid-19 cases, said Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester. They will be reviewed weekly. “Over recent days, there has been a marked change in the picture across Greater Manchester with regard to the spread of covid-19. We have gone from a falling rate of cases in nearly all of our boroughs last week to a rising rate in nine out of 10, affecting communities across a much wider geography,” he said in an official statement.

The areas affected include: Greater Manchester (City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale, Salford), Lancashire (Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale), and West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees).

Case numbers vary substantially between the affected areas for the week ending 26 July, from 91 cases per 100 000 people in Blackburn and Darwen (a rise of 10 …

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