Millions more people in northern England to undergo rigorous coronavirus procedures next week. This is the government’s response to rising cases of the diseases on Friday.
Monday will see about 2.4 million citizens in five districts of West Yorkshire, comprising the city of Leeds, will be stopped from socialising with other households indoors.
Lounges and bars that are not serving “substantial meals” must shut their doors, together with casinos, betting shops, soft play facilities and adult gaming centres.
Unnecessary travel will also be held on hold.
The Department of Health announced the criteria were required as infection rates in West Yorkshire were “among the highest in the country” and soaring fast.
A large part of the regions in the “very high” classification of the government’s three-tier Covid alert system are set in the northern and central parts of the country.
On Friday Nottingham came to be the latest city to join the highest tier.
Britain is the worst-hit by the pandemic in Europe, over 45,000 people died within 28 days after testing positive.
An ongoing research by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI indicates that covid-19 cases are doubling every nine days and increasing in all age groups and areas.
Partial lockdown has been set again by the Britain’s European neighbours and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to curb the spread.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defied his top scientists’ recommendation to take heed in England, where the UK government imposes health policy.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced on Friday that the government would proceed with its “targeted and focused” technique of regional restrictions in virus hotspots.
“It is the right thing to do to target the virus where it is the greatest threat… and the science backs that up,” he said to BBC radio.
“The arbitrariness of a blanket approach would be far worse than the effects of trying to be as targeted as possible.”
While a recent research, on Friday pointed out that a Covid-19 variant sourced from Spanish farm workers has circulate quickly throughout Europe in last months and is responsible for most cases in Britain.
A research which is waiting peer review in a medical journal indicates that the variant — dubbed 20A.EU1 — is assumed to have been circulated from northeastern Spain by people coming back from holidays there.
No proof however, that the strain circulates faster or influences illness severity and immunity.
“We are in the process of working with labs to more closely inspect the mutations, but we actually think that it’s really behaviour here that was the key point,” University of Basel researcher Emma Hodcroft, the study’s lead author, said to BBC radio.