When will the Manchester coronavirus lockdown be reviewed?

MANCHESTER has been in local lockdown since July 31, when families were given hours to get home.

2.8 million Mancunians are no longer allowed to visit each others houses, but otherwise they are under the same rules as the rest of the country.

When will the lockdown be reviewed?

There is no specific date for when the local lockdown in Manchester will end, but it is being closely reviewed.

The reviews are conducted on a rolling bi-weekly basis, meaning the first review will happen no later than August 19, but could come sooner.

A decision will be made by senior PHE officials including the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, senior civil servants and relevant secretaries of state.

The case numbers are monitored every Thursday.

Legally, the rules could be in place for up to six months if they are not scrapped by the government in the meantime.

Restrictions will likely be lifted once the situation improves, however boroughs are having varying success with the new measures.

Wigan has remained at roughly only 7 cases per 100,000 for example, whereas other areas fared worse.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has called on the Government not to bring in “knee-jerk measures” as coronavirus cases continue to rise in some boroughs.

He said that he and Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese had written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock to ask that there was no further easing of restrictions in the city region this weekend.

Speaking at a weekly media briefing on Thursday, Mr Burnham said: “What worked in Leicester is not necessarily going to be right for Greater Manchester.

“We need to be proportionate, targeted and focus on measures that are going to work.

“That is the thrust of the letter we have sent to Government today – no knee-jerk measures but work with us to get whatever interventions we do right and obviously make them as effective as possible.”

How many cases are there in Manchester?

Cases in Greater Manchester are going down according to figures from the Greater Manchester Heath and Social Care Partnership.

On August 11 there were an average of 118.6 new cases of covid-19 confirmed per day across Greater Manchester over the seven days leading up to that date.

This average is down from 125.7 new cases per day for the proceeding week.

However, it should be noted that case numbers recorded since August 6 are subject to change due to some tests taking longer to process than others.

What are the current restrictions?

From August 8, the new rules ban different households in Greater Manchester, Preston, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire from meeting each other inside their homes or even in gardens.

It is illegal for people who do not live together to meet in a private home or garden and flouters face up to £2,300 in fines.

You can no longer socialise with people you do not live with in indoor public venues, such as pubs, restaurants and cafes.

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