Boris Johnson will reportedly announce bars and restaurants in Manchester and across the North should close to address the second wave of coronavirus cases.
It is reported that the Prime Minister will make the announcement on Monday.
With coronavirus cases on the rise in many parts of the north, the government is said to be preparing to reinforce restrictions on around ten million people across northern England.
The Times reported that the prime minister will challenge a growing revolt, some of whom are MPs, and order the closure of bars and restaurants in Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.
It says the prime minister has approved the lockdown this evening, along with new financial support measures and “a simplified system of restrictions in England”.
The newspaper says he believes Johnson planned to announce the new restrictions today but were delayed due to “ministerial divisions”.
This comes after Scotland announced that it will close bars and restaurants in central locations for at least two weeks.
Manchester held the unwanted title for highest injury rate on Earth before being overtaken by Liverpool and Nosley.
The number of cases is rising across Greater Manchester, and nationwide, the number of daily deaths is also starting to rise.
The government said that as of 9 am on Wednesday, there were another 14,162 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK. This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 544,275.
The government also said that 70 more people had died within 28 days of the result of the Covid-19 virus test as of Wednesday. This brings the UK total to 42,515.
The city of Manchester recorded 541.6 positive tests per 100,000 locals for the week ending 4 October, according to the most recent Public Health England (PHE) figures.
About 2,994 positive tests were recorded in Manchester over the seven days, an increase of 76 per cent compared to the previous week.
He notes that the increase in cases is still noticeable but has slowed – doubling every week.
The number of injuries doubled in a week in Stockport.
Stockport and seven other neighborhoods have seen their infection rates rise, although they are still largely half the number in Manchester, which has a large student population.
Only Bolton, which has been subject to local lockdown restrictions for a longer period, halted the sharp increases seen elsewhere, with 255.3 people registering coronavirus for the week in question for every 100,000 people in the area.
Bolton saw 734 positive cases in the week ending 4 October, a slight increase of only 32 cases compared to the previous week.
Like Manchester, other neighborhoods have seen an increase in infection rate: Rochdale, 324.6; Salford 304,8; Berry, 281.7; Oldham, 278.8; Trafford 259.1; Wigan, 257.1; Tameside, 239.7; Stockport, 215.1.
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The worrying increase in cases continues in Stockport, where 631 positive tests were recorded in seven days.
It represents an increase of 97 percent.
Figures show the disease was spreading faster in Stockport than anywhere else in Greater Manchester last week.
Trafford saw an 85 percent increase in cases, with 615 cases recorded.
Rochdale recorded 722 cases during the week, a 60 percent increase over the previous week.
There were 789 cases in Salford, an increase of 56 percent, while cases in Tameside rose 37 percent to 543.
Greater Manchester overall saw 9,072 cases, an increase of 38 per cent.
All 10 neighborhoods remain in the “red zone” where PHE requires a local intervention.
The average infection rate in England was 117.4.
Although the number of cases is rising sharply in most parts of the country, there are far more tests than there were at the height of the first wave of the epidemic in April and May.
After that, people were only tested in hospitals.