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Small increase in Covid-19 cases in Cumbria

Cumbria’s director of public health is again warning people living in and visiting the county that the coronavirus is still spreading.

Colin Cox

It comes after a small rise in the number of infections in Cumbria, with 59 new positive cases confirmed in the last week - up 12 from the week before.

Colin Cox says while the increase in the number of cases is concerning, it remains well below the levels which have prompted local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester.

It is also very clear that the virus is still circulating and being passed between local people in the community, so we must not think that the risk has gone away."

Colin Cox

Residents and visitors are being reminded to follow coronavirus safety measures, provide contact details to any venues visited and wear masks in indoor settings and on public transport.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J7 for A56 Chester Road.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on exit slip road clockwise at J7, A56 (Stretford), because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A6144 Greater Manchester both ways

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A6144 Greater Manchester both ways severe disruption, from Manor Avenue to Buck Lane.

A6144 Greater Manchester - A6144 Carrington Lane in Ashton-upon-Mersey closed and it's very slow in both directions from the Manor Avenue junction to the Buck Lane junction, because of a police investigation. Diversion in operation - via Manor Avenue and Firs Lane.

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Coronavirus: Matt Hancock on new lockdown in parts of northern England
Health Secretary Matt Hancock on what households can and can't do in affected areas of northern England.

How cases have risen in Greater Manchester

Daniel Wainwright

BBC England Data Unit

Many of the northern areas facing tighter lockdown restrictions than the rest of England are among those with the highest rates of new coronavirus infections.

Blackburn with Darwen, we have known for some time, has passed Leicester for new infections as one area has seen them rise and the other has seen them fall.

In Greater Manchester, the only borough to have seen cases come down substantially is Rochdale, but it remains one of the areas with the highest new infection rates out of more than 300 local authorities in England.

Oldham’s cases have surged and the local council sounded the alarm earlier this week.

Trafford went from 26 cases to 91, which works out at more than 38 for every 100,000 residents.

Bolton has not recorded a rise in the week to 26 July, but provisional data for the week to 28 July suggests it may move slightly up, although these figures are subject to revision as more test results come in.

Chart showing infection rates in Greater Manchester
Coronavirus: Matt Hancock appears to contradict new government lockdown rules
The health secretary seems to suggest an affected household can go to a household in an unaffected area.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, from J8 for A6144 to J6 for A6144 Old Hall Road.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 Feeder Road anticlockwise from J8, A6144 (Carrington) to J6, A6144 (Sale), because of an accident involving a car. Traffic is coping well.

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Marcus Rashford

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford will become the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his campaign against child poverty.

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