Covid-19 is “bubbling up” in between 10 and 30 areas around the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned.
Mr Johnson warned that “tough local lockdowns” are needed in areas that see a spike in cases to prevent a second wave of the virus while visiting Northallerton in Yorkshire.
It came as the Prime Minister announced that the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England, including allowing small wedding receptions and the reopening of bowling alleys and casinos, had been postponed for at least two weeks. The easing was due to take place in August 1, but will instead take place on August 15.
The Prime Minister told Sky News: “It’s absolutely vital 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.
“I am afraid there are about between 10 and 30 places where you are seeing a bubbling up a little bit”, he said.
He added: “I think the country as a whole understands that the best way to deal with this is if we have tough local lockdowns.”
Northern England is now the epicentre of the virus in the UK with the areas with the highest number of cases being Blackburn with Darwen (85.3), Leicester (57.7), Oldham (53.1), Bradford (44.9) and Trafford (39.3).