LIVE: Andy Burnham’s coronavirus press conference after new Greater Manchester lockdown measures


This afternoon Andy Burnham will hold Greater Manchester’s latest press conference on the coronavirus situation here.He will be joined by Sir Richard Leese, Head of Manchester Council and responsible for the region’s health.

Today’s update comes five days after new metropolitan lockdown measures were put in place, announced Thursday evening by the Health Secretary.

These were introduced on Friday amid fears that infection rates were on the rise in almost all boroughs, in some cases significantly.

This was then backed up by new legislation, which took effect at midnight, which could fined you £ 100 for entering another person’s house or garden.

Mr Burnham will likely be faced with questions from reporters about the many problems that have resulted, including whether – and how – the police will seek to strictly enforce this law.

The mayor will also give an update on the larger picture of Covid-19 here.

On Friday, he presented figures for the week through Monday, July 27, which showed fares had increased in every borough of Rochdale, including significant increases in Oldham, Trafford and Manchester.

Wigan’s rate had risen, but remained low.

Since then, more data has been released by Public Health England for the week leading up to Friday July 31.

These data, released yesterday, suggest Stockport may have risen towards the end of the week, according to analysis by the MEN, with cases more than doubling in seven days, from 41 cases to 84.

Meanwhile, Manchester, Salford, Bury and Tameside all appeared to be still on an uptrend, with Oldham and Trafford remaining high but stabilizing.

Bolton appeared at the same level as possible signs of an increase, with Wigan’s level being low.

Rochdale still seems to be the only borough to decrease, after the introduction of targeted measures a few weeks ago.

However, it is not yet clear over what period the figures read by the mayor will cover, so the trends he announces today may differ.

He is also likely to argue a number of issues that Greater Manchester is calling on the government to.

They include problems with the national tracking and tracing system, which has been making particularly bad headlines in recent days, as well as the need to self-isolate to secure guaranteed financial support.

Follow our live updates here from 2pm.


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