Coronavirus: Bolton restrictions tightened – cases rise
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a drastic tightening of local restrictions. He also warned another national peak could be ‘coming towards our shores’.
The new measures also include a curfew which will require all venues to close between 22:00 and 05:00. Matt Hancock said the town in Greater Manchester had “the highest case rate in the country.”
He said there were 120 cases per 100,000 in Bolton, which had already been under stricter lockdown measures.
The announcement comes after ministers and government advisers expressed concern over a “sharp rise” in cases across the UK, especially amongst the young.
Mr Hancock told the House of Commons: “Unfortunately, after improving for several weeks, we’ve seen a very significant rise in cases in Bolton. “The rise in cases in Bolton is partly due to socialising by people in their 20s and 30s. We know this from contact tracing.”
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