Coronavirus: restrictions expected in north-east England


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legendAreas such as Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham are set to face restrictions

Nearly two million people in the north-east of England are expected to face local restrictions as coronavirus cases increase.

Areas such as Newcastle, Sunderland and County Durham are to be subject to the new measures.

These should include restrictions on mixing households and ordering pubs to close earlier.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said

the Sun: “The only way to make sure the country can enjoy Christmas is to be tough now. “

Mr Johnson has previously said the government is doing ‘everything in our power’ to avoid another national lockdown.

A full announcement detailing the new measures for the Northeast is expected later Thursday.

The deputies of the region met Wednesday evening the Minister of Health, Nadine Dorries.

MPs have been told the lockdown measures will apply to Newcastle, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Northumberland and County Durham, said Nicholas Watt, editor-in-chief of BBC Newsnight.

He said a Labor MP told him the measures would include closing pubs at 10pm BST, no mixing with other households and public transport only for essential travel.

‘Not a full lockdown’

Newcastle City Council chief Nick Forbes said he hoped the temporary measures would prevent a “complete lockdown”.

In a series of tweets, Mr Forbes denied that the new restrictions meant the area was heading towards “lockdown” – and it was “to reintroduce social distancing where evidence indicates it is slipping”.

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legendGateshead is one of the areas facing tighter local restrictions

The Northeast has seen a resurgence of the coronavirus in recent weeks and four boroughs were placed on the government’s watch list last week for areas in need of “increased support”.

On Monday, councils in seven regions – Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland – called for further restrictions.

BBC analysis of government figures shows that Bolton had the highest rate in England on Wednesday at 204.1 per 100,000 population in the week of September 13.

Sunderland’s rate was 82.1 per 100,000, South Tyneside 93.4, Gateshead 81.7, Newcastle 64.1, North Tyneside 46.7, with County Durham at 37.4 and Northumberland at 25 , 7.

In total, there were 1,106 new cases over a seven-day period.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Welfare said, “We are constantly monitoring infection rates across the country and monitoring all measures in consultation with local leaders.

“Any changes to local restrictions will be announced in the usual way. “

Other parts of the UK, including Birmingham and Greater Manchester, are already subject to increased measures.

In an interview with the Sun newspaper on Thursday, Mr Johnson compared the graph showing cases of the virus in the UK to the bumps on a camel’s back, saying the aim was to ‘stop the outbreak’ in the case and “flatten the second bump”.

He said he did not want to lock down parts of the economy, but that the government “will consider” requiring pubs to close early.

Boris Johnson told a committee of MPs on Wednesday that a second national lockdown would be potentially ‘disastrous’ for the UK.

He admitted there was not enough testing capacity – amid widespread reports of difficulties getting them – and said new nationwide restrictions such as the ‘rule of six’ were needed. to “beat” the disease.

Coronavirus cases across the UK increased by 3,991, bringing the total to 378,219, according to government figures.

Analysis – Daniel Wainwright, BBC England Data Unit

While parts of the North West of England have consistently recorded the highest rates of new infections for quite some time now, the North East areas have also reported large increases.

In the week leading up to August 30, Sunderland recorded 24 cases. Two weeks later, it was 228.

The rise in South Tyneside was also very large, from 70 cases in the last week of August to 141 in the week to September 13.

Parts of the region are recording rates they haven’t seen since May, when the country was still under most full foreclosure measures.

Testing capacity has grown since then, but there have been shortages due to the recent surge in demand.

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