Major incident declared in British city of Manchester to tackle COVID-19 – MSN Money

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SUBMIT PHOTO: A female rides a bike past an indication about the spread of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Manchester, Britain, August 1, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Picture

LONDON (Reuters) – A major incident has been declared in the Manchester area of Britain, permitting the development of a “central command structure” to help tackle the increasing number of coronavirus cases, a local authorities was priced quote as stating on Sunday.
Health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday the COVID-19 lockdown in parts of northern England – consisting of Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire – would be tightened since of an increasing rate of transmission.
” Although the council and partner organisations have actually been working closely to tackle the impacts of the pandemic since early this year, stating a major incident suggests we can ramp this up even more,” the Leader of Manchester City Council Richard Leese stated in the Manchester Evening News.
” It permits the facility of a main command structure to oversee the reaction and allows companies involved to make use of extra resources.”
The city council did not right away react to an emailed ask for remark from Reuters.
The pandemic has killed more than 46,000 people in Britain, the 4th greatest toll on the planet, according to a Reuters tally looked at on Sunday.
Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Giles Elgood and Timothy Heritage