Coronavirus UK: 38 areas added to ‘watch list’, including all of London

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A list of 38 new areas was added to the coronavirus ‘watch list’ this week (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

A list of 38 new areas was added to the coronavirus ‘watch list’ this week as the number of cases continues to skyrocket across England.

This now means that there are a total of 92 places on the list, including the 33 boroughs of London.

Four areas have been classified in the list of “intervention areas” – therefore places that have been locked out – these are Leeds, Stockport, Wigan and Blackpool.

There are 48 local lockdown areas, and it is estimated that around 17 million Britons are currently living under some restrictions.

Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees, all in Teesside, have been turned into ‘enhanced support zones’ meaning they could be the next places under local lockdown.

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Chaque arrondissement de Londres est désormais une «  zone de préoccupation  », qui comprend: Barking et Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith et Fulham, Haringey, Harrow , Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington et Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth et Westminster.

Hertsmere, Scarborough, Selby, Sheffield and Spelthorne remain on the “matters of concern” list and have not moved since last week.

The four areas completely removed from the watch list are Corby, Northampton, Peterborough and Stoke-on-Trent.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Adam Vaughan / REX (10782584h) Shoppers in Liverpool city center on Saturday.  Local coronavirus lockdown, Liverpool, UK - September 19, 2020

Many areas have been placed on the ‘areas of concern’ watch list – including all of London (Photo: Adam Vaughan / REX)

A number of cities across the UK were closed from midnight including Leeds, Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Llanelli in Carmarthenshire.

Wales’ two largest cities, Cardiff and Swansea, will do the same from midnight tonight.

Scientists have warned that the UK’s R-rate, which measures the speed of the spread of Covid-19, is up again from last week.

Data released yesterday by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) show that the estimate of R for the whole of the UK is between 1.2 and 1.5.

It comes after there were 6,874 more cases of coronavirus recorded in the UK in the past 24 hours – another record increase for a single day.

The figures were up slightly on Thursday, when there were 6,634 positive tests, and bring the total number of cases to 423,236.

This is the second day in a row that the number of new cases announced is higher than at any time during the pandemic.

Having not seen 6,000 cases a day since the beginning of May, the country has now crossed this threshold for three consecutive days. It comes amid fears of further lockdown restrictions across the country.

The full list of the 92 domains is listed in the box below.


Complete list of 92 zones on the “watch list”

Areas of intervention

  • Birmingham
  • Blackburn avec Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Bolt
  • Bradford
  • Burnley
  • Bury
  • Calderdale
  • Chorley
  • Pays Durham
  • Fill
  • Gateshead
  • Halton
  • Hyndburn
  • Kirklees
  • Knowsley
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Newsastle sur Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland
  • Oadby et Wigston
  • Oldham
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Ribble Valley
  • Rochdale
  • Rossendale
  • Salford
  • Sandwell
  • Sefton
  • Solihull
  • South Ribble
  • South Tyneside
  • Saint Helens
  • Stockport
  • Sunderland
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Warrington
  • West Lancashire
  • Wigan
  • Wirral
  • Wolverhampton
  • Wyre

Areas of enhanced support

  • Blaby
  • Darlington
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesborough
  • Redcar et Cleveland
  • Stockton-on-Tees

Areas of concern

  • Barking et Dagenham
  • Barnet
  • Bexley
  • Brent
  • Bromley
  • Camden
  • City of London
  • Croydon
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Hammersmith et Fulham
  • Haringey
  • Herse
  • Havering
  • Hertsmere
  • Hillingdon
  • Hounslow
  • Islington
  • Kensington et Chelsea
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Merton
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Scarborough
  • Selby
  • Sheffield
  • Southwark
  • Spelthorne
  • Sutton
  • Tower hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster

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