Coronavirus: Northern England restrictions relaxed, public holiday traffic increases


We have five more things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Friday night. We will be back on Saturday morning with another update.

1. Restrictions to be relaxed in parts of northern England

Lockdown restrictions put in place in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire are due to be lifted on September 2 thanks to what the government has called ‘positive progress’. Restrictions on the two-household mix, which were introduced last month, will be relaxed in Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley and Hyndburn as well as parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees. But Leicester’s restrictions will remain in place for now. Learn more about the changes here.

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2. Cases continue to stabilize in England – ONS

Coronavirus cases are still stabilizing in England, according to data from swab tests on thousands of people. The Office for National Statistics estimates that there are 2,200 new infections every day. It comes as 1,276 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the UK, compared to 1,522 recorded on Thursday. Nine other people have died who had tested positive in the previous 28 days.

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3. Staycations should boost holiday traffic

It’s the weekend in August – with a difference. There are none of the usual events held at the end of August, like the Notting Hill Carnival and the Reading and Leeds festivals. But despite this, the RAC says around 18 million trips will be made by car – 1.8 million more than in 2019. Part of this is because people are taking breaks in the UK this year, due to the pandemic, and many will be. return home if they are away on vacation or are going on a trip to make the most of the long weekend.

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4. Covid takes the biggest toll of jobs in the poorest areas

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits has increased across the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. But often it is the most disadvantaged areas that have been hit the hardest, according to a study the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shared with the BBC. Julie from Trimdon, County Durham, is one of those looking for work, who told the BBC about sleepless nights she spent due to unemployment. She had applied for more than 30 jobs since March.

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Media legendJulie changed jobs before the lockdown – then became unemployed and ineligible for the leave program

5. Fantasy flights

Prospective travelers whose plans have been thwarted by the coronavirus are offered ways to get their flight fix – without going overseas. Companies have devised a number of ways to give people the experience of air travel – from Qantas selling pairs of its pajamas (which quickly sell out), to selling airplane meals (with tray, in some cases) and even departing flights. nowhere – take off and landing at the same airport.

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