Britain re-imposes COVID restrictions in parts of Manchester

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said restrictions would remain in place in the boroughs of Bolton and Trafford, contrary to his announcement on Aug. 28 that they would be lifted on Sept. 2. “Following a significant change in the level of infection rates over the last few days, a decision has been taken that Bolton and Trafford will now remain under existing…

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The British government re-imposed

local COVID-19 restrictions on parts of the Greater Manchester

area in northern England on Wednesday, just as they were being

lifted, the latest in a series of abrupt reversals.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said restrictions would remainin place in the boroughs of Bolton and Trafford, contrary to hisannouncement on Aug. 28 that they would be lifted on Sept. 2.

“Following a significant change in the level of infectionrates over the last few days, a decision has been taken thatBolton and Trafford will now remain under existingrestrictions,” Hancock said in a statement.

“We have always been clear we will take swift and decisiveaction where needed to contain outbreaks.”

The planned lifting of social distancing measures inTrafford and Bolton while they remained in place elsewhere inthe densely populated metropolitan area had provedcontroversial.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, of the oppositionLabour Party, had said it left residents in “an impossiblesituation”.(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)

ANA NEWS WIRE Disclaimer:
The African News Agency (ANA) is a news wire service and therefore subscribes to the highest standards of journalism as it relates to accuracy, fairness and impartiality.
ANA strives to provide accurate, well sourced and reliable information across Text, Images and Video. Where errors do appear, ANA will seek to correct these timeously and transparently.
The ANA platform also contains news and information from third party sources. ANA has sought to procure reliable content from trusted news sources but cannot be held responsible for the accuracy and opinions provided by such sources on the ANA platform or linked sites.
The content provided for on the ANA News Wire platform, both through the ANA news operation and via its third party sources, are for the sole use of authorised subscribers and partners. Unauthorised access to and usage of ANA content will be subject to legal steps. ANA reserves its rights in this regard.
ANA makes every effort to ensure that the website is up and running smoothly at all times, however ANA does not take responsibility for, and will not be held liable for times when the website is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues that are beyond our control.