UK warning: Alarming maps show most at-risk areas as PM issues new restrictions warning

There are a number of areas in the UK under close inspection from Public Health England (PHE), amid fears of a surge in local lockdowns across the country, following the action against Leicester this week. A chart shown on Sky News revealed the extent of rising COVID-19 infections, following the East Midlands’ city’s local lockdown this week. According to Sky News’ Inzamam Rashid lockdowns similar to Leicester could be imposed in other cities within “just days”.

PHE sources told Sky News they are “working collaboratively”, focusing on the dozens of areas in England where cases are rising.

It comes as towns and cities across England prepare to open their pubs to revellers on Saturday, sparking fears of a rise in infections.

And today Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said coronavirus restructions on towns near the English border would not be eased due to a spike in cases in this area and the north of England.

She said: “So far 10 positive cases have been identified, and a significant number of contacts are being traced and tested.”

READ MORE: Coronavirus rates in England MAPPED – Where cases are rising

A Sky News reporter said: “It is worth stressing, these areas haven’t recorded anywhere near the numbers recorded in Leicester.”

The latest health figures show that Leicester had 140 cases per 100,000 people in the week up until June 21.

On Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the local lockdown for the city, saying it had “10 percent of all positive cases” over the previous week.

The Sky News reporter continued: “These areas are not at risk of facing imminent lockdowns.

Rochdale had recorded 54 cases per 100,000 people, which is still “a long way behind Leicester”.

Barnsley Council today called for “extra care and vigilance” among its residents because of the risk of a COVID-19 flare-up that could see the city shut down.

Other areas that face being plunged into another lockdown include Bedford, Oldham, Rotherham, Tameside, and Blackburn which all have more than 30 cases per 100,000 people.

As a result of its lockdown, Leicester will not be allowed to loosen restrictions with rest of England on July 4 and schools are closing.


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