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COVID rates in Manchester and Liverpool continue to surge

Shoppers wearing face coverings pass beneath an electronic sign reminding pedestrians to 'act now to avoid a local lockdown' outside the Arndale Centre in Manchester. (Getty)
Shoppers wearing face coverings pass beneath an electronic sign reminding pedestrians to ‘act now to avoid a local lockdown’ outside the Arndale Centre in Manchester. (Getty)

COVID rates in some northern cities have almost doubled in a week, despite local lockdowns coming into force last Wednesday.

The Manchester COVID rate grew to 3,105 new cases recorded in the seven days to 3 October 3 – the equivalent of 561.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The Liverpool COVID rate also increased sharply, from 325.1 to 516.0 with 2,570 new cases, just a week after the north-west local lockdown restricted social mixing for almost two million people.

But leaders in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds have warned health secretary Matt Hancock that they would not support further “economic lockdowns” and called for new powers to tackle the resurgence.

People queuing outside a walk-in coronavirus test centre at Allerton Library in Liverpool amid rising cases across parts of England. (PA)
People queuing outside a walk-in coronavirus test centre at Allerton Library in Liverpool amid rising cases across parts of England. (PA)

The leaders of Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle city councils – Judith Blake, Sir Richard Leese and Nick Forbes – joined Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson to write to the health secretary to say they are “extremely concerned” with the rise in cases, but hit out at the “confusing” regulations.

“The existing restrictions are not working, confusing for the public and some, like the 10pm rule, are counter-productive,” the Labour politicians wrote.

They called for additional powers to punish those who break rules, for new restrictions to be developed by police, council and public health experts and for a locally-controlled test and trace system.

Watch: What is a local lockdown?

“We want to be clear however that we do not support further economic lockdowns,” the leaders added.

Health officials are also expecting Nottingham to be placed in lockdown after a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Professor John Edmunds, who is advising the government’s coronavirus response, joined the criticism of local measures on Tuesday, arguing that new national restrictions were needed immediately to bring the pandemic under control.

“These local restrictions that have been put in place in much of the north of England really haven’t been very effective,” he told BBC Newsnight.

“We need to take much more stringent measures, not just in the north of England, we need to do it countrywide, and bring the epidemic back under control.”

He said the government’s current “light touch” measures are just “delaying the inevitable”.

Local leaders wrote to health secretary Matt Hancock about 'confusing' local lockdowns. (Getty)
Local leaders wrote to health secretary Matt Hancock about ‘confusing’ local lockdowns. (Getty)

“We will at some point put very stringent measures in place because we will have to when hospitals start to really fill up,” he said. “Frankly, the better strategy is to put them in place now.”

The calls came as the UK-wide seven-day rate increased to 125.7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people from 63.8 a week ago, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

Daily figures showed there were 14,542 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, as of 9am on Tuesday.

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a sign asking pedestrians to 'Do Your Bit' in Manchester. (Getty)
A woman wearing a face mask

Women’s FA Cup: Manchester City check Rose Lavelle fitness before Arsenal tie

Rose Lavelle
Rose Lavelle scored in 2019’s Women’s World Cup final against the Netherlands in Lyon
Date: Thursday, 1 October Kick-off: 19:15 BST Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online from 19:00

Holders Manchester City are monitoring Rose Lavelle’s improving fitness before Thursday’s Women’s FA Cup semi-final against 14-time winners Arsenal.

Whoever goes through will face Everton at Wembley on 1 November after the Toffees beat Birmingham City 3-0.

United States midfielder Lavelle has yet to play for Man City since arriving in August with a minor ankle injury.

But manager Gareth Taylor hopes to give a debut “over the next couple of games” to the 25-year-old World Cup winner.

“Rose has been training hard,” said Taylor. “What we’re trying to do with her is just make sure she’s ready.

“She’s been really keen to get back in. It’s just been a case of keeping the reins on her slightly, just before we let her go and do her thing.

“[We were] making sure that she had the adequate strength required in her leg before we started to push her through some real vigorous training.”

Arsenal, who were 4-0 winners over neighbours Tottenham in the quarter-finals on Saturday before Man City beat Leicester 2-1 on Sunday, are bidding to win their fourth game in a row.

The Gunners have scored 19 times in three games since resuming play in September after the summer hiatus.

“We’re in every tournament to win it,” said manager Joe Montemurro. “The scheduling is a little bit tricky but it is what it is and we need to make sure we’re prepared for it.

“We beat them [City] twice last year and unfortunately lost at the Academy ground but they are a very good team.

“They have recruited very well and it will be a really good indication for us of where we’re at.”

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