Liverpool’s local lockdown and how it compares to the rest of the country

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Stricter lockdown restrictions were announced in Liverpool on Thursday and will go into effect until last night. Other areas also face new restrictions as the government continues to try to control the spread of the coronavirus in the UK.

The measures will come into effect on Saturday at 12:01 am.

Elsewhere, tougher measures at Bolton will be relaxed to align with the rest of Greater Manchester.

In England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and parts of Wales, around 22.4 million people – 34% of the UK population – will be subject to some form of additional screening once all of the new measures are in place. in place.

But how do Liverpool’s new restrictions stack up against those in other parts of the country?

The measures announced for the region of the city of Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough follow similar restrictions imposed in the North East earlier this week.

Social mixing between people from different households will be prohibited in all settings except outdoor public spaces such as parks and outdoor hospitality.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said it was recommended not to attend professional or amateur sporting events as spectators.

He said it is recommended that people visit nursing homes only in exceptional circumstances, and that there will be advice against all travel except essential travel.

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Why were the new measures introduced?

Mr Hancock told MPs the second peak in coronavirus infections was ‘highly localized’ and in some areas it ‘was spreading rapidly’.

He said: “There are 268 cases per 100,000 people in Liverpool”.

Where have the restrictions been relaxed?

Mr Hancock said tougher measures in Bolton would be relaxed to be in line with the rest of Greater Manchester following calls from local leaders to allow reception venues to open on the same terms as the rest of the region , such as table service and a 10 p.m. curfew. .

Under measures announced last month, restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in Bolton have been restricted to take-out only, and all hospitality venues have had to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

How many people are affected by the lockdown measures and is there evidence that they are working?

As local lockdowns come into effect in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham in North Wales on Thursday from 6 p.m., more than a third of the UK population will be subject to some form of further screening.

Liverpool enter tighter lockdown

Mr Hancock said there were “warning signs” that restrictions imposed last month were starting to have an impact.

He said: “We must not let go, but people all over the world can have a little hope that our efforts together will start to work – I am not saying it louder than that, the cases continue to increase. “

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