LEEDS, Middlesbrough, Corby, Kettering and South Tyneside have been added to the government's coronavirus watchlist following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, Caerphilly in Wales is poised to go into a local lockdown at 6pm on September 8 while a new raft of coronavirus restrictions have been announced for Bolton.

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Where are the towns and cities on the UK's latest coronavirus local lockdown 'watchlist'?

In Leeds, the Covid-19 case rate is now 32.4 per 100,000 people, with council bosses saying young people for spreading the virus to different parts of the city.

Greater Manchester and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire were thrown back into lockdown after new cases of coronavirus spiked.

Restrictions in Leicester and the North West also remain in place, while Luton is undergoing 'enhanced support' from the government, meaning it is given additional resources including increased testing.

Some areas previously subject to local lockdown restrictions, including Leicester, parts of Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Lancashire will see them relaxed next week.

However, lockdown restrictions were eased from September 2 in Burnley, Hyndburn, Stockport and parts of Calderdale as well as Kirklees and Bradford, as originally planned by the government.

Social gatherings with other households are now permitted in homes, gardens, pubs or restaurants, according to new government advice.

But Bolton and Trafford in Greater Manchester saw no lifting of restrictions – as councils insist that infections remain too high.

People living within the hotspot areas are not allowed to meet one another inside homes, private gardens or any other indoor areas.

They must follow these rules even when visiting people in areas without outbreaks.

Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas are not permitted to open in the areas – as they are in the rest of England.

Why is Bolton having restrictions imposed?

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a raft of new lockdown restrictions for the Northern town on September 8 after cases spiralled to the highest rate in the country at 120 per 100,000 in the last week.

Hospitality businesses will only be able to sell takeaways and have to close between 10pm and 5pm to stop the spread of the virus even further.

And rules preventing households from meeting in public will also be enshrined in law, meaning people will face £100 fines for breaking rules.

The rules take effect immediately.

He said today in the House of Commons: "We all have a part to play.

"Together we can tackle this, so long as we remember our actions today are consequences tomorrow.

"Each and every citizen has a responsibility to follow social distancing.

"This virus remains with us and remains a threat."

It's the first town to face such restrictions where businesses have been ordered to shut again since the national lockdown.

In Leicester they were forced to stay closed following a spike in cases over the summer.

Areas of intervention

The Government's lockdown watchlist was first published on April 23 and was last updated on September 4.

1. Pendle

2. Oldham

3. Blackburn with Darwen

4. Bradford

5. Rochdale

6. Manchester

7. Bolton

8. Tameside

9. Trafford

10. Bury

11. Preston

12. Salford

13. Leicester

14. Kirklees

15. Calderdale

Areas of enhanced support



Great Yarmouth









King's Lynn and West Norfolk

South Norfolk


North Norfolk

Areas of concern



Oadby & Wigston


South Tyneside





Where are local lockdowns in place in the UK?

On July 30, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that parts of Northern England would start to face new restrictions due to localised outbreaks.

“Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe,” he tweeted.

“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing.

“So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.”

At the moment, Leicester remains under limited lockdown restrictions, with residents awaiting news of the next review.

According to Public Health England Pendle has the highest infection rate in England at 71.1 cases per 100,000 people, in details released on September 4.

Oldham has also seen a consistent rise in cases with the council urging residents to “act now” to avoid a Leicester-style local lockdown.

Residents there and in other locked-down areas are not allowed to socialise with other households in their homes, gardens or any other indoor venue, either inside or outside the local area.

Travelling for work or education is allowed, but other travel is not advised.

The affected areas are:

  • Greater Manchester:
    • City of Manchester
    • Trafford
    • Bury
    • Tameside
    • Rochdale
    • Salford
    • Bolton
    • Oldham
    • Preston
    • Blackburn with Darwen
    • Pendle
    • Bradford in the following wards:
      • Bolton and Undercliffe
      • Bowling and Barkerend
      • Bradford Moor
      • Eccleshill
      • Idle and Thackley
      • Little Horton
      • Great Horton
      • Queensbury
      • Royds
      • Tong
      • Wibsey
      • Wyke
      • City
      • Clayton and Fairweather Green
      • Heaton
      • Manningham
      • Thornton and Allerton
      • Toller
      • Keighley Central
      • Keighley East
      • Keighley West
      • Park
      • Warley
      • Northowram and Shelf
      • Town
      • Ovenden
      • Illingworth and Mixenden
      • Skircoat
      • Sowerby Bridge
      • Dewsbury East
      • Dewsbury West
      • Dewsbury South
      • Batley East
      • Batley West


      The area in western Scotland was extended on September 7 and now includes 1.1million people.

      The measures came into force in East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire at midnight after a rise in cases.

      The rules had already been reimposed in Glasgow city, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire last week.

      First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said acting quickly now could "stem the tide of transmission" in the area.

      People are being told not to host people from other households inside their own homes, or visit another person's home.

      Meetings in pubs and restaurants and outdoor areas are still permitted.

      Aberdeen had been under lockdown but this has now been lifted.


      From 6pm on Tuesday, September 8, a local lockdown will be in place in Caerphilly in response to a spike in coronavirus cases.

      In Caerphilly the number of cases per 100,000 is 55.4, far above the figure of 20 which sees countries considered for the UK travel quarantine list.

      It will not be possible to enter of leave Caerphilly without good reason

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