UPDATE 1-Major incident declared in British city of Manchester to tackle COVID-19 – Reuters

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LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – A major occurrence has been declared in the Manchester area of Britain, enabling the production of a “central command structure” to assist deal with the rising variety of coronavirus cases, a regional authorities was priced quote as saying on Sunday.
Health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday the COVID-19 lockdown in parts of northern England – including Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire – would be tightened because of an increasing rate of transmission.
” Although the council and partner organisations have been working carefully to deal with the impacts of the pandemic given that early this year, stating a major incident means we can ramp this up further,” the Leader of Manchester City Council Richard Leese said in the Manchester Evening News.
” It enables the facility of a central command structure to supervise the response and makes it possible for firms involved to make use of extra resources.”.
The city board did not right away react to an emailed demand for comment from Reuters.
The pandemic has killed more than 46,000 people in Britain, the fourth greatest toll worldwide, according to a Reuters tally collated on Sunday. (Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Giles Elgood and Timothy Heritage).

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