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Preston local lockdown: Hancock takes urgent action as home meetings banned from TONIGHT

Locals will be banned from mixing households indoors or in gardens from midnight tonight, issued by the Department for Health and Social Care has said. Director of Public Health for Lancashire Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said of people meeting in other households and pubs: “These two are key behaviours we’re trying to protect people from. Don’t meet with members of other households in pubs and clubs.”

The data does not yet show a decrease in the transmission of this terrible virus

Matt Hancock

A DHSC statement explained: “At the request of the local authority, Preston will be now be added to the list of areas included in the ban on households gathering in each other’s homes and gardens, effective from midnight tonight. “Guidance will make clear that people should not be gathering with other households anywhere indoors.”

Announcing the decision, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The past week has been difficult for many people in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and east Lancashire, and I thank everyone in these areas for their patience and willingness to follow the rules.

“Yesterday I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee, and unfortunately the data does not yet show a decrease in the transmission of this terrible virus.

“It means we must keep the current restrictions in place to allow more time for the impact of this ban on indoor gatherings to be felt, and make sure local residents and their loved ones are protected.”

Preston lockdown: Tougher measures imposed on England city after coronavirus spike (Image: GETTY)

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Adrian Phillips, Preston City Council’s chief executive (Image: BBC)

Mr Hancock added: “At the request of the local area, we are also extending these restrictions to Preston.

“We are constantly examining the data on the prevalence of the virus in these areas, and we will review the measures again next week.

“As we continue to see rising rates of the virus across Europe, it is vital we take every precaution to protect our country.

“I urge everyone in these areas to follow the rules, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms, and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to.”

Rules limiting gatherings in parts of England’s north west, West Yorkshire and Leicester would remain in place, the DHSC said.

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Coronavirus cases in the UK (Image: Express)

There were 61 new cases in Preston in the seven days to August 4, which is the equivalent of 42.6 cases per 100,000 people – up from 21.7 per 100,000 in the previous seven days.

The new restrictions for Preston follow it being designated an “area of intervention” by the Government following a spike in cases.

The Lancashire Resilience Forum said: “Since the rise of cases was first announced last week, residents, communities and businesses have been asked to take extra precautions to reduce the spread of the virus.

These extra precautions are now mandatory and residents are still actively encouraged to get tested at the regional testing site based at Preston’s College if they are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus.”

Preston Council’s tweet (Image: Twitter)

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Preston City Council chief executive Adrian Phillips said: “The number of cases in Preston have increased rapidly in recent days leading to Government categorising the city as an area of intervention. It is also alarming to see that the under-30s are contracting it at a significant rate.

“It is clear that coronavirus is still here and we all need to work together to keep ourselves, our friends, families and communities safe from this virus.

“While some wards have recorded a higher level of cases, this remains a city-wide issue and it’s essential that we all do our part to fight the virus.

“We’re urging everyone to be diligent and follow the restrictions, in order to protect all of our residents, communities and businesses.”

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said it was vital to maintain two metre-social distancing (Image: BBC)

A tweet by the council’s official account added: “Everyone needs to work together and follow the rules in place.

“Residents are still actively encouraged to get tested at the regional testing site based at Preston’s College if they are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus.

“To book a test call the NHS on 119.”

“Residents will not be able to interact with others from outside of their household in indoor venues.

Preston in in Lancashire (Image: Google Maps)

“Residents can meet in groups of up to 6 from different households in public outdoor spaces.

“These restrictions do not apply to those who have formed ‘social bubbles’.”

Dr Karunanithi added: “In the past week, the number of positive cases in Preston has increased significantly and it is extremely important that we act now to prevent the situation from getting any worse.

“The evidence is clear, we all need to take extra precautions to protect our loved ones.

“Coronavirus affects all of communities and we all need to do our part to prevent the spread from continuing rise.

“I also want to be clear that this is affecting people from both south Asian and white ethnic backgrounds, particularly those living in poor socio-economic conditions in our city.

“We need to avoid mixing between households and to maintain two metre social distancing particularly in pubs and clubs.”

Tweeting prior to confirmation of the lockdown, Preston MP Mark Hendrick said: “As #Preston looks set to face localised #lockdown restrictions, the Government needs to be clearer with their messaging about #socialdistancing and more open and transparent about the data that they have on coronavirus rates locally.”

“It means we must keep the current restrictions in place to allow more time for the impact of this ban on indoor gatherings to be felt, and make sure local residents and their loved ones are protected.”

Labour MP Mark Hendrick (Image: PA)

According to new estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an average of 3,700 people per day in private households in England were estimated to be newly infected with COVID-19 between July 27 and August 2, down slightly from 4,200 per day in the period July 20 to 26.

An average of 28,300 people in private households in England had COVID-19 between July 27 and August 2, according to the new estimates, equivalent of about 0.05 percent of the population, or one in 1,900 individuals.

The Preston restrictions are in addition to those being brought in across England from Saturday making face coverings mandatory (unless exempt) in indoor places of worship; museums and galleries; public areas in hotels and hostels; bingo halls; libraries; cinemas; concert halls; crematoria, aquariums and indoor zoos.

More to follow.

This is a breaking news story, please refresh the page for updates.

Source Daily Express :: UK Feed

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