Interactive map shows coronavirus lockdown restrictions in YOUR area and where you want to travel to

THIS interactive map shows the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in YOUR area and where you want to travel to.

Around 20 million Brits are now living in local lockdown after a spike in cases across the UK.

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The map, created by the government, shows which specific restrictions apply to different areas of the country.

It includes simple bullet point details on whether different households can mix, which businesses are open and whether you can leave your local area for a staycation.

You can then follow a link to see more detailed guidance affecting your local area.

The map also contains reminders of national restrictions such as the Rule of Six and the 10pm curfew.

It comes as over a third of Brits are now living under tightened restrictions following a significant uptick in cases.

NORTHERN LOCK

Today Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Merseyside and Warrington were issued their new guidelines that include bans on mixing socially indoors.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed the new restrictions on Thursday morning, saying it was a "difficult but necessary" move after a spike in "localised" cases.

The move comes after other local lockdowns that meant areas including all of the North East, Greater Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester must comply with strict social guidelines and curfews.

Lancashire has also been hit with new rules along with Cardiff, Swansea and Leeds.

London was also added to the Government's coronavirus "watch list" earlier this week as Mayor Sadiq Khan warned the capital is at a "tipping point" and could soon face restrictions.

New restrictions imposed today mean that – along with a number of areas in Wales – around 20 million Brits are living under local lockdowns.

But many Brits have been left baffled by the constantly shifting restrictions that target certain boroughs – while other nearby areas are unaffected.

The map also highlights the unequal regional spread of the second wave – with most parts of the South unaffected by new restrictions.

Professor Chris Whitty last night said the North West and North East of England had seen a “rapid increase” in infections – despite large swathes of both areas being under local lockdown.

According to a government graph, the majority of areas in the South West and South East of England are seeing infection rates below 23 cases per 100,000 in the week up to September 23.

Meanwhile the graph also shows the high concentration of cases in the North West, with areas including Manchester and Liverpool recording between 168 and 288 infections per 100,000 people. 

UNEQUAL SPREAD

Other hard-hit areas with infection rates more than 100 cases per 100,000 include Leeds as well as Birmingham and Leicester in the Midlands.

It comes as coronavirus cases today rose by 6,914 – with the total number of infections passing 460,000.

Another 59 deaths were also recorded, bringing the total in the UK to 42,202.

Today's rise follows a sustained spike in infections this week with 7,108 cases recorded yesterday – the second day in a row the figure rose by over 7,000.

Boris Johnson last night warned Brits not to "throw in the sponge" at a critical moment in the pandemic.

He stressed: “No matter how impatient, how fed up we may become, there is only one way of doing this.”

There has also been growing frustration in Westminster over the way in which lockdown restrictions are imposed.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston reacted with fury this lunchtime to the news that the city would see restrictions imposed – and vowed to defy the Government's new laws.

In an angry Twitter video he fumed: "We tried to communicate with Government but they didn’t listen.

"They’re imposing restrictions that’ll kill viable jobs and damage mental health.

"I do not accept the Government’s intended restrictions – they’re based on ignorance."


 

 

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