Over 40 local areas in England are now under renewed coronavirus restrictions, with many more now at risk of local lockdowns.
The latest government surveillance report, published October 1, has confirmed the areas of greatest concern due to spikes in coronavirus cases.
Swathes of the north of England are now under coronavirus restrictions, which entail a ban on mixing with other households and, in some places, restrictions on travel.
A total of 46 other areas, while not yet under renewed restrictions, are being monitored closely by the government due to an increase in cases.
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Knowsley, Merseyside, is at the top of the watchlist currently, with an incidence of 281.5 cases per 100,000 of the population.
Along with dozens of other areas, Knowsley is now under local lockdown restrictions.
In these places, residents are not allowed to mix with other households in their house or garden, and hospitality businesses will be restricted to certain opening hours.
A total of 46 areas are being monitored closely by the government to determine whether local restrictions will be necessary. Areas are categorised under the following three labels:
Area(s) of concern: Areas with the highest prevalence of coronavirus, where the local area is taking targeted actions to reduce prevalence (for example, additional testing in care homes and increased community engagement with high risk groups)Area(s) for enhanced support: For areas at medium or high risk of intervention, where there is a more detailed plan, agreed with the national team and with additional resources being provided to support the local team (such as epidemiological expertise, additional mobile testing capacity)Area(s) of intervention: Where there is divergence from the measures in place in the rest of England because of the significance of the spread, with a detailed action plan in place, and local resources augmented with a national support
Local lockdown watch list
These are the local areas currently being monitored, in order of the highest case incidence to the lowest. Please note this list does not include areas currently under local restrictions, labelled "areas of intervention":
Sheffield - enhanced supportStockton-on-Tees - enhanced supportDarlington - enhanced supportRedcar and Cleveland - enhanced supportRotherham - area of concernBarrow-in-Furness - area of concernRedbridge - area of concernWakefield - area of concernLuton - area of concernBarking and Dagenham - area of concernSelby - area of concernCheshire West and Cheshire - area of concernTower Hamlets - area of concernBlaby - area of concernHillingdon - area of concernNewham - area of concernScarborough - area of concernCheshire East - area of concernHavering - area of concernHounslow - area of concernWaltham Forest - area of concernBrent - area of concernEaling - area of concernSouthwark - area of concernHackney - area of concernHarrow - area of concernIslington - area of concernBarnet - area of concernEnfield - area of concernWandsworth - area of concernHaringey - area of concernHammersmith and Fulham - area of concernBexley - area of concernLambeth - area of concernGreenwich - area of concernWestminster - area of concernCamden - area of concernKingston upon Thames - area of concernKensington and Chelsea - area of concernRichmond upon ThamesLewisham - area of concernBromley - area of concernSutton - area of concernCroydon - area of concernMerton - area of concernCity of London - area of concern