Coronavirus LIVE: Matt Hancock refuses to rule out full lockdown in Oldham as town teeters on the brink

Coronavirus LIVE: Matt Hancock refuses to rule out full lockdown in Oldham as town teeters on the brink

Lockdown restrictions across Greater Manchester are continuing as Oldham is continuing to battle to avoid a full lockdown.

Restrictions have been in place banning households meeting up inside their homes or gardens for more than a fortnight in all ten boroughs after rising infection rates in all but one of them.

Infection rates in Oldham took off, far exceeding the rest of the conurbation and eventually hitting the top of the national table.

It now has the second-highest rate in England.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s emphasis has moved away from a broader approach in the past week, towards support for relaxation in places with falling Covid rates and tougher measures in those where they continue to rise.

Yesterday, health chiefs revealed the reason why two neighbourhoods in Oldham have staggeringly-high rates of coronavirus infections.

It’s understood that a large proportion of the cases in Alexandra Park stemmed from one large family, who unknowingly transmitted it on to extended family members and neighbours – leading to as many as 30 cases.

And Health Secretary Matt Hancock axed Public Health England and replaced it with a new body led by interim chief Baroness Dido Harding called the National Institute for Health Protection,

Mr Hancock announced that the government was increasing testing of people in England to 150,000 a fortnight by the end of October.

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