Second wave of coronavirus hits the UK as lockdown tightens in northern England

An information screen is pictured in Manchester as the city and the surrounding area faces local restrictions in an effort to avoid a local lockdown being forced upon the area amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Britain, July 31, 2020. (Reuters)

Britain imposed a tougher lockdown in swathes of northern England after a rise in the rate of novel coronavirus transmission, raising concerns that a second wave of the deadly virus could sow yet more turmoil.

Around 4 million people were ordered not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, the biggest city in northern England, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, though they can still go to the pub and to work.

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The measures, introduced hastily at the start of the annual Muslim Eid al-Adha “feast of sacrifice,” come after Britain reported its highest number of new COVID-19 infections in more than a month.

“The problem with this virus is that it thrives on the social contact which makes life worth living,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky. “I totally understand the human impact of this but unfortunately that is how the virus passes on.”

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Last Update: Friday, 31 July 2020 KSA 10:10 - GMT 07:10