A list of towns and cities in England being closely monitored by the Government in relation to coronavirus cases has been shared.
There are 27 locations in total which have been singled out after showing a sharp increase in the number of new cases of the deadly Covid-19 virus.
The new “watch list” has been shared one day after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced stricter lockdowns would be enforced in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
New measures dictate that members of the public are no longer allowed to meet family or friends from outside their households.
The visiting ban includes visiting friends and family at other houses, as well as in gardens or public spaces – with the hope that the localised lockdown will help control flaring infection rates in the areas.
Towns and cities on the list include Bradford, Manchester, Salford and Wigan.
The list has been compiled using the infection rate per 100,000 people in the last seven days to July 27.
The 27 towns and cities on the 'watch list'
Blackburn with Darwen (78.6)
Hyndburn (Lancashire) (40.8)
Burnley (Lancashire) (18.1)
Oadby and Wigston (Leicestershire) (35.1)
Eden (Cumbria) (28.4)
Northampton (Northamptonshire) (20.4)
The towns and cities named on the list were decided upon following a meeting by Public Health England's weekly Local Action Committee.
A spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has prompted the Government to apply the breaks on allowing further lockdown easing measures.
Plans due to come in place on August 1 have been pushed back to August 15 – including the reopening of bowling alleys, ice rinks, and to allow up to 30 guests at a wedding.
The action was sparked after the Office for National Statistics estimated there were 4,200 new infections every day by the end of July, up from 2,000 per day at the end of June.
While the Government also announced plans to ensure police will be clamping down on social distancing.
The Prime Minister said on Friday “most people in this country are following the rules” but added the Government is looking to “work with the police and others to ensure the rules which are already in place are properly enforced”.