Sat, 26 Sep 2020

LONDON, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Restrictions banning different households from meeting indoors or in gardens are to be brought in for Preston in Lancashire in northwest England from midnight on Friday after a rise in COVID-19 cases, the British Department of Health and Social Care said.

The new restrictions for Preston came after it was designated an "area of intervention" by the British government.

Preston's new restrictions mean that from midnight Friday, residents cannot have others in their homes and gardens. They cannot visit other people's homes or gardens, even if they are in an unaffected area. They are also not permitted to mix with other household in indoor venues.

This brings Preston in line with measures in east Lancashire, Greater Manchester and parts of west Yorkshire.

The rolling seven-day rate of new cases of COVID-19 in the Lancashire city has risen from 20.3 per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 27 to 32.8 in the seven days to Aug. 3.

Another 98 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 46,511, according to data released Friday by the British government.

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