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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 30th July 2020 22:31
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53602362?ocid=wsnews.chat-apps.in-a...

Coronavirus: Lockdown tightened in parts of northern England

Separate households will not be allowed to meet indoors in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire from midnight, the government has announced.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said an "increasing rate of transmission" had been identified in those areas.

"The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing," he said.

He also said the same restrictions will apply to the city of Leicester.

Millions of people in Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees will be affected by the tightening of restrictions.

BBC Newsnight correspondent Lewis Goodall said the Department of Health and Social Care had confirmed the restrictions will apply to all indoor settings - so it will mean that no two households should meet in places including pubs and restaurants.

"We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of Covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe," Mr Hancock.

It comes nearly four weeks after restrictions were eased and people were allowed to meet indoors.

On Thursday, a further 38 people in the UK died, bringing the total number of Covid-19 associated deaths to 45,999.

And 846 cases were reported - the highest number of cases in a day for a month.

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Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester - a city with a population of about 2.8m - said there had been a "marked change in the picture" with regard to the spread of Covid-19 in the area.

"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 Rochdale, the one borough where cases have fallen, they are still too high."

He said all residents "young and old alike" should "protect each other" by observing the requirements, which will be reviewed weekly.

This means "the more we stick to them, the quicker they will be removed", he said.

"This is a place which prides itself on looking out for each other. We now need to be true to that by not acting selfishly and keeping the health of others in mind at all times."

Jonathan Reynolds, shadow secretary for work and pensions and an MP in the Greater Manchester area, said the figures were showing an increase in infections including in Tameside where positive tests per 100,000 population has gone from 4.9 to 16.3.

'Impact on Eid'
But Labour's MP for Oldham, in Greater Manchester, and shadow transport minister Jim McMahon called for more clarity over what the government was doing to support those in areas affected by new lockdown restrictions.

"On the face of it, for Oldham borough residents this is the same restriction announced already this week, replicated in further areas," he tweeted.

Labour MP for Manchester Central Lucy Powell tweeted: "Trying to get further information about this but it seems two households can no longer meet indoors in GM.

"Particular concerns in certain boroughs but restrictions applying across GM."

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said the decision to ban households in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire from meeting indoors was the "right" one.

She said the UK government was "right to act quickly", adding: "This is a sharp reminder that the threat of this virus is still very real."

Miqdaad Versi, spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, said the restrictions were likely to have a "large impact" on Muslim families celebrating Eid on Friday.

"Unclear why such short notice provided but important that this message is cascaded as quickly as possible given it goes live within a few hours," he tweeted.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 30th July 2020 23:01
Eid prayers for Eid Al Adha are not impacted by the new local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.

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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 30th July 2020 23:35
What was the wisdom of announcing a lock down at 9 o'clock the night before Eid?

Where was the government when the lockdown was announced at 9 o'clock at night? Where they in a meeting at 9 o'clock at night and decided there and then that an immediate lockdown must be implemented.

If they didn't meet at night then when did they meet, when did they make the decision, and why did they leave it till late night to make the announcement?
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 30th July 2020 23:42
For non British people who don't know, the areas that have been lockdowned are mainly highly concentrated muslim areas.
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 31st July 2020 00:19
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Hmm...

Why is the First Minister of Scotland concerned about what happens in Manchester?
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 31st July 2020 00:28
It turns out that pubs will be allowed to remain open!
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 31st July 2020 00:33
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I thought the Scots want independence anyway?
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 31st July 2020 11:05
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The wisdom behind releasing the statement as late as possible, the night before eid, was to avoid a backlash from the muslim community if they had released the statement.

Its clear this is intentional, they're going to use the Muslims as a scapegoat for ignoring the lockdown rules during eid and blame them for spreading of the virus up North, as cases are rising.
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#9 [Permalink] Posted on 31st July 2020 11:09
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Even if they are or not, what business has she got to interfere in local politics of Manchester? For those outside of UK

She is First Minister of Scotland
Manchester is in England.

Why is she poking her nose into this business?
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