The North West has now recorded 45,896 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
Public Health England figures published this evening (July 30) shows the total for Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria and Cheshire has risen by 212 in the last 24 hours.
The area managed by Lancashire County Council now has 7,079 cases.
Ten of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs recorded at least one new case in the last 24 hours.
Data is now based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.
In the North West, there are 1,976 confirmed coronavirus cases in Bolton, 1,341 in Bury, 2,237 in Cheshire East, 2,037 in Cheshire West and Chester, 2,826 in Cumbria, 699 in Halton, 1,009 in Knowsley, 2,541 in Liverpool, 3,235 in Manchester, 2,102 in Oldham, 1,854 in Rochdale, 1,446 in Salford, 1,567 in Sefton, 1,204 in St Helens, 1,728 in Stockport, 1,599 in Tameside, 1,415 in Trafford, 1,342 in Warrington, 2,177 in Wigan, and 2,062 in Wirral.
Boris Johnson has warned up to 30 places in Britain are at risk of “tough local lockdowns” as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
The Prime Minister said other areas could follow Leicester in imposing local restrictions to prevent a second spike of Covid-19.
Towns including Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, Rochdale and Luton have been battling spikes, as has the city of Bradford.
Mr Johnson told Sky News: “There are between ten and 30 places where you are seeing it bubbling up a little bit.
“I think the country as a whole understands that the best way to deal with this is if we have tough local lockdowns to get it under control in those towns.”
After praising Leicester’s “huge effort” in reacting to the first local lockdown in Britain, Mr Johnson warned the country cannot get complacent, adding it would be wrong to assume “somehow we’re out of the woods.”
“It is absolutely vital that as a country we continue to keep our focus and our discipline and that we don’t delude ourselves that somehow we’re out of the woods or that this is all over, because it isn’t all over,” he added.
It comes after the PM warned a second wave of the virus could hit within two weeks.
A Downing Street source told the Mail: “The PM is extremely concerned by what he’s seeing abroad and fears we could be seeing the same thing here in a fortnight.
“People have got to realise we are still in the middle of a pandemic.
“He wants to go further on opening things up and getting people back to work, but he knows it’ll be his head on the block if things go wrong.”
The Department for Health and Social Care revealed that 846 people tested positive in the 24 hours to 9am this morning – up from 763 yesterday.
Scientists at Cambridge University have said it is “very likely” that most regions in England are close to the point at which the virus begins to spread exponentially.
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