Manchester coronavirus, cases DOUBLE in just a week with infection rate as high as early May.

A major incident has been declared by authorities in Greater Manchester following recent rises in coronavirus infection rates.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the decision was taken to help agencies respond “as effectively as possible”, including with extra resources.

People “should not be alarmed” by the news as it was “standard practice”, Manchester City Council said.

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Greater Manchester is one of the areas subject to new lockdown measures.

The new restrictions announced on Thursday – that also apply in east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire – ban separate households from meeting each other at home.

The new rules also ban members of two different households from mixing in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues, but those businesses are permitted to remain open for those visiting individually or from the same household.

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), which is made up of ten councils – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan – said the public should be “reassured” that the guidelines remain unchanged.

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“This move was simply to enable public agencies to access any additional resources they need as quickly and efficiently as possible,” a GMCA spokesperson said.

“This is no more than a boost to our capabilities… and maximise our resources in the drive to reverse the spike in infection which we have witnessed in the last seven to 10 days.”


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