The coronavirus pandemic has reached most corners of the country, infecting more than 344,000 Britons and killing more than 41,500 people.
After a nationwide lockdown that lasted almost four months, many restrictions on daily life were lifted on July 4.
However, the Government’s strategy has now turned to focus on local lockdowns, targeting areas which have suffered outbreaks. On June 30, Leicester became the first UK city to be plunged back into lockdown.
Officials also introduced new measures in Blackburn and Oldham. On July 30, Boris Johnson ordered swathes of the north of England back into partial lockdown, banning people in Greater Manchester, Bradford and Blackburn from holding indoor meetings with different households. From midnight on August 8, residents in Preston were not allowed to meet other households indoors or in the garden.
But on August 28, it was announced that more than one million people would be lifted out of local lockdown.
People in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire will be allowed to mix with family and friends from outside their household from September 2.
More than 17.6 million tests for Covid-19 have been processed in the UK and the Government’s plan to tackle the pandemic involves a number of gradual phases, but experts warn there could be a second wave on the horizon, particularly as infection rates have been rising across Europe.
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