A major incident has been declared by authorities in Greater Manchester following rising rates of coronavirus infection.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the decision was taken to help agencies respond “as effectively as possible”, including with additional resources.
Manchester City Council said people “should not be alarmed” by the news.
Greater Manchester is one of many areas in northern England facing new local lockdown restrictions.
New restrictions announced on Thursday – which also apply in east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire – prohibit separated households from meeting at home.
Sir Richard Leese, head of city council, said declaring a major incident was “standard practice for complex situations that require a coordinated multi-agency response”.
“While the board and partner organizations have been working closely to address the impacts of the pandemic since the start of this year, reporting a major incident means we can scale that up further,” he said. .
“It allows for the establishment of a central command structure to oversee the response and allows the agencies involved to mobilize additional resources.
“Following the government announcement last week of preventive public health measures in Greater Manchester to deal with the growing number of Covid-19 cases, the public expects us to give this situation our attention concerted collective.
“This is exactly what we are doing to allow these restrictions to be lifted as quickly as possible. ”
GMP Deputy Chief Constable Nick Bailey said: ‘It is part of our desire to protect the people of Greater Manchester and provide them with the highest levels of assurance as agencies are doing everything possible to reduce rates. infection and bring Greater Manchester to a state of normalcy as much as possible today. ”
Separated households were prohibited from meeting indoors.