UK eases Covid-19 lockdown in parts of Northern England

Shoppers make their way through the town centre in Oldham, England, on July 30, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's health ministry said on Friday (Aug 28) that coronavirus-related restrictions on two households mixing would be lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire from next Wednesday.

A tight lockdown would remain in place in Leicester for a further two weeks as cases remain high, the ministry said in a statement.

Around four million people were ordered on July 30 not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, the biggest city in northern England, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, though they could still go to the pub and to work.

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