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Local coronavirus lockdowns in north-west England to remain in place

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Lockdown measures will remain in place in north-west England, the government has confirmed.

Restrictions on household gatherings in parts of the North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester will continue.

Those affected cannot visit people from other houses indoors, owing to a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas will also remain shut.

There has not yet been a decrease in the number of cases per 100,000 people in the area.

Data shows a continued rise in cases in Oldham and Pendle, while numbers remain high in Blackburn with Darwen, according to the Department of Health.

A government statement confirmed: "The Health Secretary, in collaboration with local leaders, has agreed that the rules must remain in place at present."

The measures will be reviewed again next week.

Pendle Borough Council leader Mohammed Iqbal earlier said: "Coronavirus is spreading between households and within households so it's really important that everyone follows these local measures.

"If we don't, we'll be heading for much stricter measures so please do all you can now to stop the virus spreading further.

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"Stick to your household bubbles and do not have visitors to your home or visit people at their home."

Leicester became the first city to impose a local lockdown on June 29, with non-essential shops shut and schools closed.

Some restrictions were eased last month, and pubs and restaurants were allowed to reopen on August 3.

However, limits on house visits remained in place.

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