United Kingdom imposes new restrictions for 4 million amid virus spread

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The restrictions on meeting people from different households will also apply in Leicester.

He claimed the spread was due to households meeting and ignoring social distancing rules.

The UK government has confirmed that those in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, and parts of Yorkshire can still meet people from other households in beer gardens.

Mr Hancock said: "We're constantly looking at the latest data on the spread of coronavirus, and unfortunately we've seen an increasing rate of transmission in parts of Northern England".

On Thursday, a further 38 people in the United Kingdom died, bringing the total number of COVID-19 associated deaths to 45,999.

The new restrictions come just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic elsewhere in Europe.

Reacting to the news, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said he agreed with the decision taken by the government and he hoped it would improve the situation in the region.

"We have a rise in nine out of the 10 boroughs, the reality on the ground is changing".

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He said all residents "young and old alike" should "protect each other" by observing the requirements, which will be reviewed weekly.

Individual households will still be able to go to pubs and restaurants but not mix with another household.

However, the new measures have come under criticism from the opposition Labour party.

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Twitter last night (30 July) that lockdown restrictions had been tightened following flare ups in the north of England. Areas affected by the latest lockdown have significant Muslim populations.

The measures are the second batch of regional restrictions imposed to try to curb a second wave of the virus in Britain, following a stricter local lockdown in the central England city of Leicester.

The measures were introduced hastily during the start of the annual Eid al-Adha "feast of sacrifice", disrupting the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan for hundreds of thousands of British Muslims.

Britain's official coronavirus death toll stands at just over 46,000, the third-highest total in the world after the United States and Brazil.

Britain's devolved health structure means England is following slightly different preventive measures from those in Scotland or Northern Ireland and Wales.

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