Coronavirus lockdown measures have been reintroduced to several areas in Britain as part of the Government’s strategy for localised responses to surges. Preston is the latest part of the UK to face a tightening of lockdown measures after rising coronavirus infection rates were reported in the city. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to show which areas have been locked down and those being monitored.
Britain has seen more than 300,000 cases of coronavirus so far and more than 46,000 have died according to the latest Public Health England figures.
Daily confirmed cases have begun to rise in recent weeks after they fell significantly from their April peak as a result of lockdown restrictions imposed a month earlier.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government now has to “squeeze that brake pedal” and has postponed further easing of measures across England.
On Friday, Public Health England reported 871 new cases, of which 796 were in England, 43 in Scotland, 17 in Wales and 15 in Northern Ireland.
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Public Health England publishes a list of areas the body is monitoring each week due to rising number of cases.
The latest report is based on week 31, which is data between July 27 and August 2 and where available daily data up to August 4.
For week 31, case detections in England were stable at 4,605 compared to 4,625 in week 30.
Cases were generally on the rise across the North West, Yorkshire and Humber and the East Midlands.
At a local authority level, new cases were highest in Blackburn and Darwen.
But generally, the number of new cases had dropped in this region compared to the previous week.
The data revealed several local authorities were being monitored due to rising cases of COVID-19.
PHE designated the 29 areas according to whether restrictions are already in place, whether enhanced support has been implemented and where areas are of concern meaning restrictions are possible in the future.
The following local authorities were highlighted by PHE:
Restrictions in place:
- Blackburn with Darwen
- Oadby and Wigston