UK coronavirus live: north-east England could face new lockdown restrictions as cases rise

News updates: South Tyneside reaches 47.9 cases per 100,000 people, putting it in government ‘red zone’

7.56am BST

Looking closely at the latest Covid dashboard for England, it becomes clear that some areas are extremely unlikely to be freed from enhanced lockdown restrictions today.

Take Bradford, one of my favourite northern cities (top curry, dramatic Brontë backdrop, gorgeous blackened stone). Cases there have now reached 61.1 per 100,000 people, according to the most recent data for the week ending 1 September.

7.42am BST

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, has drawn the short straw this morning and is doing the broadcast round.

Talking to Sky News, he acknowledged that the different advice for quarantining when arriving from abroad in the devolved nations “creates confusion”:

I do realise it creates confusion for people not to have a single rule but we do have this devolved approach throughout the United Kingdom and I can only be responsible for the English part of that.”

I hate to bring us back to reality but he hasn’t been appointed to anything and as far as I know there haven’t been any appointments made. There are lots of people with whom their comments I vehemently disagree but I’m not into defending people who are not actually carrying out any role for the British government.”

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: UK coronavirus live: north-east England could face new lockdown restrictions as cases rise ———

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