Preston among the latest areas to impose local lockdown restrictions
Preston Council has told residents of the city to abide by restrictions currently in place elsewhere in the north west and West Yorkshire following a rise in cases in the area, the Telegraph reports.
The local authority has advised people in the area to take a test even if they are experiencing mild Covid symptoms and said that people should wear face coverings at all times.
The news emerged as health secretary Matt Hancock met with health and data experts on Thursday to gauge whether additional restrictions must return to crack down on the rising numbers of cases. An announcement is expected on Friday if any changes are made.
Yet, the council’s chief executive Adrian Phillips told the BBC that it is not prepared to wait on the government's move before taking action.
Phillips explained: "We know our rates are increasing and they have increased over the last week to a level now where we are concerned that we could face government intervention. We've been working with our communities to make sure we get those key messages out."
The Telegraph also reports that local authorities in Blackburn with Darwen and Calderdale, two other areas where local lockdowns have been enforced, have resorted to launching their own contact tracing framework amid concerns that the NHS system is not reaching enough close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases.