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Breaking News ! Greater Manchester is set to have its lockdown restrictions review today following a surge in cases. Latest figures show coronavirus infection rates for our region continuing to rise as number of cases increases by 50 per cent in one day. On Wednesday, Bolton reached the grim milestone of more than 200 cases per 100,000 - now making it the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in England. It means that the infection rate in the borough is now far higher than the previous highest UK rate, recorded in Leicester, where it reached 159.1 cases per 100,000 people on June 25 and was subject to the first local lockdown. The Joint Biosecurity Centre, chaired by Matt Hancock and England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, will meet today to decide whether the Greater Manchester restrictions need to be changed. Any announcements are usually made the following day. Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here Cases continue to rise particularly fast in Oldham, up 72 per cent week on week after being overtaken by Bolton as the area with the highest infection rate in the country at the start of the month. As for nationally, there were nearly 4,000 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, the biggest daily total since May 8. Also elsewhere, the North East is set to face local lockdown-style restrictions from Friday. A 10pm curfew is also being considered on pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises but this is yet to be confirmed after Downing Street refused to deny the possibility. Scroll down for latest updates throughout the day....Key EventsReview of Greater Manchester's lockdown restrictions due07:3507:54Health Minister denies Prof Chris Whitty is advising a two-week national lockdownHealth Minister Edward Argar has denies that Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical adviser, is advising a two-week national lockdown.
.Exact figures on how many pupils are now self-isolating are not known, but it’s now affecting thousands of families across the region.Among the cases confirmed today is the closure of an entire primary school in Oldham, the first confirmed shutdown in Greater Manchester.Horton Mill Primary School in Glodwick has closed to all pupils after positive cases involving pupils and staff in several year groups.Read the story in full here.07:37Care homes to receive £546 million winter rescue packageThe Prime Minister has announced he will unveil a rescue package of £546 million to protect care homes from the threat of Covid-19 during the winter.The funds will be used to ensure staff are limited to working in one home and compensated for any reduced hours, Boris Johnson told The Sun.Care home workers will also be given financial support to ensure they have sufficient personal protective equipment and are able to minimise their use of public transport.Mr Johnson told the paper: Be in no doubt we’re going to do absolutely all we can to stop the spread in care homes.And I’m afraid it’s an incredibly difficult thing, but we are going to have to place some restrictions on people, visitors being able to go into care homes.07:35KEY EVENTReview of Greater Manchester's lockdown restrictions dueThe local lockdown restrictions for the region are reviewed by the government every week.The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) chaired by Mr Hancock and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty will be meeting today (Thursday) to decide whether the restrictions in Greater Manchester, and other areas under local lockdown, need to be changed.Local councils and MPs will be asked to make recommendations over which areas should and should not be subject to the local restrictions.An announcement from the Department of Health usually follows the next day, so we are likely to hear of any changes on Friday (September 18).It is already expected that the North East region will be subject to local lockdown-style restrictions and the Rhondda Cynon Taf area of south Wales will have a local lockdown following a “rapid rise” in Covid-19 cases.Read more here.
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