The ‘watchlist’ came to light the day after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that a local lockdown would be put in place in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Up to four million people will no longer be allowed to meet friends and family members from other households in private homes, gardens or public spaces.
Boris Johnson said on Friday plans to resume wedding receptions had been scrapped and new face protection rules were coming into effect as part of the latest government lockdown changes in England.
With very little notice, he said face masks would be mandatory in more indoor environments, including cinemas and churches.
He has postponed the reopening of more settings, including ice rinks, casinos and bowling alleys for another fortnight, as well as wedding receptions for more than 30 people.
The Prime Minister also suspended the reopening of close contact services – meaning beauty treatments like eyebrows and facials that were due to restart on Saturday must be canceled.
England chief medical officer Chris Whitty has warned the UK has potentially ‘reached the limit’ of reopening the company, as infections rise again.
Leicester became the first city to undergo a local lockdown when the government said, unlike the rest of England, that it would not be allowed to open pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other non-essential businesses on 4th July.
On Saturday, some areas were released from the local lockdown, but restrictions on people from different households are in place.
The government’s “watch list” was established as a result of Public Health England’s weekly local action committee.
The list was compiled using the infection rate per 100,000 people over the past seven days through July 27.
The 26 cities on the ‘watch list’
Blackburn avec Darwen (78,6)
Hyndburn (Lancashire) (40,8)
Pendle (Lancashire) (38,3)
Burnley (Lancashire) (18,1)
Oadby et Wigston (Leicestershire) (35,1)
Éden (Cumbrie) (28,4)
Northampton (Northamptonshire) (20,4)
The incident rate in England per 100,000 population is 7.8.
The number of people who died from the coronavirus in the UK rose by 74 on Saturday, bringing the death toll across all settings to 46,193.