People have been told to “minimise travel” in and out of Greater Manchester and Lancashire as part of new Government guidance to tackle the number of Delta variant cases.
The new measures also say that people should meet outside where possible, get tested twice a week and continue to work from home.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons that a “strengthened package of support” will be provided for the two regions.
It will include supervised in-school testing, rapid response teams and military support for the areas hardest hit by the variant.
Mr Hancock added that the Government faces a “challenging decision” over whether to lift remaining lockdown restrictions across England on June 21.
Reports suggest delay of two weeks to end of Covid rules
England is due to exit lockdown on June 21, but with cases at their highest since March the easing of social distancing restrictions appears far from certain.
Cabinet ministers are said to be increasingly pessimistic about the possibility of lifting all Covid rules following a “downbeat” briefing from Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance.
Prof Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, and Sir Patrick, the chief scientific adviser, have a briefing to ministers on Monday (7 June) on the latest Covid-19 data, which was described as “fairly grim”.
Our reporter Finlay Greig looks into what the experts have said about the possible delay, and whether there will be a third wave.
White people carry out 14 times more racially motivated attacks in ‘no-go area’
Research by NationalWorld has found that Asian British people are 10 times more likely to be the victim of a racially-motivated hate crime than a white person in England and Wales with white people committing 14 times more racial and religious attacks in one area described as 'no go' by the Daily Mail.
Stats from the Home Office showed that 1% of Asian-British people were subject to a hate crime due to their race, compared to 0.1% of white people in the UK in 2019/2020.
In 2019, 82% of those prosecuted for hate crimes were white, compared to 6.8% Asian, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) stats from 2020
The findings come after the release of a widely criticised report by the Daily Mail which labelled several British towns as “no-go areas for white people”.
Households £2,000 a year renting out their driveways and garages
Householders in more than 25 cities around the UK are making more than £1,000 a year renting out their driveways to strangers, with some making double that.
New data shows that in London savvy homeowners are making an average of £2,212 each year letting other motorists use their drive, garage or other private parking area. Those in Brighton and Edinburgh are earning similar amounts, bringing in an average £2,059 and £1,941 per year respectively.
The figures from parking operator Your Parking Space, show that despite long periods of lockdown over the last 12 months, homeowners are making more money than ever, possibly because commuters are trying to avoid public transport.
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