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Day: September 2, 2020

Another U-turn over easing local lockdowns in England
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Another U-turn over easing local lockdowns in England

    COVID-19 restrictions will stay in force in Bolton and Trafford - after another U-turn by the government which was due to lift local lockdowns but faced demands from councils to keep them in place. Both local councils cited increases in coronavirus infections, with the controlling Labour group on Trafford Council asking for restrictions to remain in place for another week or two in the interests of public safety. Bolton Council said "a sudden and unforeseeable rise" in COVID-19 cases needed to be taken seriously. Announcing that the existing lockdowns would continue, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said infection rates had increased by "more than three times in Bolton in under a week, and double in Trafford since the last review". It means residents in Bolton and Tr...