New data shows the areas in England where the government is keeping an eye on their rate of coronavirus infections.
There are a total of 26 towns and cities across the country that are showing a quick rate of new cases so could be subjected to a lockdown unless it improves.
The ‘watch list’ has been revealed the day after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a local lockdown will be rolled out in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
As many as four million people will no longer be allowed to meet friends and family from other households in private homes, gardens or public spaces.
In a further blow on Friday Boris Johnson said plans to restart wedding receptions have been scrapped and new face covering rules are coming in as part of the Government’s latest lockdown changes in England.
With very little notice he declared face coverings would be compulsory in more indoor settings including cinemas and churches.
He postponed reopening of more settings including ice rinks, casinos and bowling alleys for another fortnight, along with wedding receptions of more than 30 people.
The Prime Minister also shelved reopening close-contact services – meaning beauty treatments like brows and facials that were due to restart on Saturday must be cancelled.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned the UK had potentially ‘reached the limit’ of how much society could reopen, as infections rise once again.
Leicester became the first city to suffer a local lockdown when the government said unlike the rest of England it would not be allowed to open pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other non-essential businesses on July 4.
On Saturday some areas were released from the local lockdown but restrictions on people from different household are in place.
The government’s ‘watch list’ has been drawn up following Public Health England’s weekly Local Action Committee.
The list has been compiled using the infection rate per 100,000 people in the last seven days to July 27.
The 26 towns and cities on the ‘watch list’
Blackburn with Darwen (78.6)
Hyndburn (Lancashire) (40.8)
Burnley (Lancashire) (18.1)
Oadby and Wigston (Leicestershire) (35.1)
Eden (Cumbria) (28.4)
Northampton (Northamptonshire) (20.4)
England’s incident rate per 100,000 population is 7.8.
The number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK rose by 74 on Saturday bringing the death toll in all settings to 46,193.