Councils in north-west England ask for Covid lockdown to remain as cases rise

Plans to lift coronavirus restrictions for more than half a million people in Greater Manchester have been thrown into “chaos and confusion” as local leaders urged the government to change course after a sharp rise in infections. Less than 24 hours before restrictions on social visits were due to be lifted on Wednesday, two local authorities covering more than 520,000 people warned the government it was too early to ease the measures. Council leaders in Bolton and Trafford wrote to …

UK coronavirus live: government falls short of contact-tracing target for ninth week in row

7.45am EDT 07:45 Hi. Caroline Davies here, taking over the blog for a while. You can get in touch on caroline.davies@theguardian.com 7.42am EDT 07:42 Government falls short of contact-tracing target for ninth week in row The test and trace figures released earlier – with 75.5% of close contacts reached through the NHS system – represented the ninth week in a row where the government has fallen short of its 80% target. Dido Harding, the interim executive chair of the National …