MATT Hancock has announced that people living in Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire will be plunged into a localised lockdown from midnight tonight.
This comes as the UK has recorded 846 new cases of Covid-19 in the UK, the highest daily figure in more than a month.
It is the highest number of cases since June 28 – when there were 901 cases.
The Health Secretary said: “Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe.
“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing.
“So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.
“We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe.”
As of today, there are now 45,684 cases of coronavirus in the North West alone, meaning 763 people tested positive on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, European countries seeing a rise in cases similar to Spain could be struck off the quarantine exemption list meaning returning holidaymakers would need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Brit hotspots such as Croatia, France and Germany have seen an increase in infections, along with Belgium and Luxembourg, with French Prime Minister Jean Castex warning they must avoid a second nationwide lockdown at all costs.
Brits can still book summer holidays but “need to be aware of the risk that quarantine could be imposed”.
The UK death toll stands at 45,961 as of Wednesday, June 29.
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