The 36+ cities, towns and counties in the UK at risk of facing a localised lockdown

They have reportedly seen a rise in coronavirus cases...
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  • While the government first announced that the UK was going in to full lockdown on 23rd March, restrictions have been slowly easing in the past few weeks.

    However, it appears that the path out of lockdown won’t be straightforward, with the news that Leicester has been placed in to a local lockdown, as a result of a rise in coronavirus cases in the area over the last few weeks.

    The area has had 2,987 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic in March – but 866 of these cases are believed to have occurred in the past two weeks alone.

    What does the local lockdown look like in Leicester – and what might it look like for other areas?

    Non-essential shops were ordered to close in Leicester from Tuesday 30th June, and many schools will close from Thursday 2nd July in the area as a result of the spike in cases. Pubs, restaurants, and hairdressers in the area will also not be permitted to reopen from Saturday 4th July, which is when they will open across the rest of England.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that the local lockdown would be reviewed in two weeks time, explaining that restrictions would not be kept in place longer than necessary.

    Of the local lockdowns, Matt Hancock said yesterday, “These actions are also profoundly in the national interest too because it’s in everyone’s interests that we control the virus as locally as possible.

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    “Local action like this is an important tool in our armoury to deal with outbreaks while we get the country back on its feet.”

    Leicester on its first day of regional lockdown. Credit: Darren Staples/Getty Images

    As such, minister have also that they will be putting in place a change to the law to enforce the concept of local lockdowns – suggesting that the one in Leicester will not be the last. Matt Hancock said, “We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly in the next couple of days.

    “Some of the measures that we’ve unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning.”

    But, Leicester is not the only part of the UK to have seen a spike in Covid-19 cases recently.

    36+ cities facing lockdown: areas with rising coronavirus cases

    Certain areas across the country have – according to Sky News, who report that they are working collaboratively with Public Health England – seen an increase in cases of coronavirus, suggesting that they may well face a local lockdown too, in the future.

    36 cities, boroughs and towns had been reported as facing a local lockdown as of Tuesday this week, but now, Sky News together with Public Health England are reporting that even more areas could be at risk.

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    Sky News has shared statistics on the number of cases per 100,000 of the population in areas across the UK in the week ending 21st June – suggesting which ones may put into a local lockdown in future.

    In fact, the publication reports that for some of these areas, local lockdowns may be just ‘days away’.

    Which cities, towns, counties and boroughs in the UK might face a local lockdown?

    Towns at risk of lockdown and cities at risk of lockdown

    Here is a list of the top 50 areas in the UK at risk of local lockdown, according to the number of cases per 100,000 population:

    • Leicester – 140.2 (already in local lockdown)
    • Bradford – 69.4
    • Barnsley – 54.7
    • Rochdale – 53.6
    • Bedford – 42.0
    • Oldham – 38.6
    • Rotherham – 33.6
    • Tameside – 33.3
    • Blackburn with Darwen – 32.9
    • Kirklees – 30.3
    • Peterborough – 27.9
    • Luton – 26.6
    • Derby – 24.5
    • Hull – 22.6
    • Manchester – 21.6
    • Southend-on-Sea – 20.8
    • Leicestershire – 20.8
    • Sheffield – 20.6
    • Leeds – 19.8
    • Wirral – 19.2
    • Wakefield – 18.6
    • Stoke-on-Trent – 18.0
    • Doncaster – 17.4
    • Cheshire East – 16.0
    • Central Bedfordshire – 15.9
    • Bolton – 15.8
    • Lancashire – 15.0
    • Northamptonshire – 14.9
    • Stockton-on-Tees – 14.7
    • East Riding of Yorkshire – 14.1
    • North Yorkshire – 13.8
    • Shropshire – 13.7
    • Kent – 13.5
    • Slough – 13.4
    • Bury – 13.2
    • Nottinghamshire – 12.6
    • Calderdale – 12.4
    • Stockport – 12.3
    • Cheshire West & Chester – 12.3
    • Thurrock – 12.2
    • Milton Keynes – 10.8
    • Blackpool – 10.8
    • Nottingham – 10.6
    • Swindon – 10.4
    • Warwickshire – 10.3
    • Salford – 10.2
    • Trafford – 10.2
    • Wolverhampton – 9.9
    • Derbyshire – 9.7
    Public Health England, cities

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    It is important to note that the government deemed Leicester to have had a significant rise in cases prior to the new lockdown, so not all the other above areas will necessarily face the same reinstated restrictions.

    In fact, many of them have numbers well below that of Leicester, even those near the top of the list.

    Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, announcing the Leicester lockdown, said that the seven-day infection rate in Leicester was 135 cases per 100,000, which is three times that of the city with the next highest cases. 10% of all positive cases across England have also been located in Leicester, and admissions to hospital in Leicester are between 6 and 10 per day, rather than around 1 a day at other trusts.

    Is Bradford going into lockdown?

    The Telegraph reports that Bradford is actually on a government watch-list of places where a local lockdown could be imposed. According to the above data, Bradford had 69.4 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population for the week ending 21st June  – the second highest in England behind Leicester, which now has 140.2. However, Bradford council have stressed that they are working hard to avoid a local lockdown.

    Bradford’s council leader Susan Hinchcliffe said, “We know that figures from Public Health England show Bradford with a high number of infections along with a number of other northern authorities, although we are some way behind Leicester.

    “The number of people testing positive for the virus is still too high and we continue to work hard with all our partners to prevent infection spreading, as no one wants a second lockdown.

    “We urge all residents to continue to follow the guidelines around staying at home as much as possible, social distancing, washing hands frequently and ensuring that they self-isolate and get tested if they, or anyone in their household, develop any symptoms.”

    Is Barnsley going into lockdown?

    Barnsley is another UK town, located in South Yorkshire, at risk of a local lockdown according to new data. Barnsley is third on the list of at-risk areas, behind Bradford, with 54.7 Covid-19 cases per 100,000. But – no lockdown in Barnsley has been announced yet, and the council has suggested the town is not at risk of going into local lockdown.

    The council has stated that they have actually seen a reduction in infections in recent days, and shared their view that a lockdown would not be needed.

    A council statement said, “We do not believe at this stage any further measures will need to be implemented such as the ones seen in Leicester,” after sharing their reasons why.

    Is Rochdale going into lockdown?

    Rochdale is fourth on the list of worst-hit areas for virus infections, with data stating that they’ve had 53.6 cases per 100,000, as of the week ending 21st June. But no lockdown for Rochdale has yet been announced. Andrea Fallon, director of public health at Rochdale Council, has also said that the rise in cases is due to a new testing facility in the area.

    She said, “Since it opened on 8 June it has tested over 800 people that may not have otherwise been tested. This will have had an impact on the number of positive test results.

    “Residents should be reassured that the numbers we have seen recently are still well below those in Leicester where lockdown measures are being reintroduced.”

    Oldham lockdown

    While Oldham is in the list of those at risk for a local lockdown, the local authority has pointed out that their infection rates are well below that of Leicester’s, at 38.6 cases per 100,000 of the population. However, they did recognise that the North West infection rates are higher than ‘they should be’ compared to national figures. But a lockdown for Oldham has not yet been announced.

    A statement from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority said, “The figures show that thanks to most people sticking to the public health advice, more testing and people who are asked to self-isolate are doing so, and the hard work of the ten Councils and NHS to contain any outbreaks, the Greater Manchester figures continue to decline.

    “However, some of our ten districts have higher infection numbers and rates than others, and compared to the North West and national they are still higher than they should be.”

    Tameside lockdown

    Infection rates in the borough of Tameside appear to be much lower down on the list of at risk areas, with 15.5 Covid-19 cases per 100,000, suggesting they are less at risk of a lockdown than the areas above it.

    It means that the Tameside borough is far below Leicester’s rate of infection, suggesting a reinstated lockdown is less likely here at the moment.

    What does the local lockdown look like in Leicester – and what might it look like for other areas?

    Non-essential shops were ordered to close in Leicester from Tuesday 30th June, and many schools will close from Thursday 2nd July in the area as a result of the spike in cases. Pubs, restaurants, and hairdressers in the area will also not be permitted to reopen from Saturday 4th July, which is when they will open across the rest of England.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that the local lockdown would be reviewed in two weeks time, explaining that restrictions would not be kept in place longer than necessary.

    If the above areas were to go into lockdown, it is likely that they may follow a similar path, depending on the severity of the rise in cases.

    Of the local lockdowns, Matt Hancock said yesterday, “These actions are also profoundly in the national interest too because it’s in everyone’s interests that we control the virus as locally as possible.

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    “Local action like this is an important tool in our armoury to deal with outbreaks while we get the country back on its feet.”

    As such, minister have also that they will be putting in place a change to the law to enforce the idea of local lockdowns – suggeting that the one in Leicester will not be the last. Matt Hancock said, “We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly in the next couple of days.

    “Some of the measures that we’ve unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning.”