A LIST of places which could be at risk of a local lockdown has been revealed by the Government.

A total of 29 areas are being closely watched by NHS officials due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

It comes after tighter restrictions were imposed in Preston to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Restrictions on indoor gatherings in Leicester and the North West will stay in place and Bedford and Swindon have been added to the lockdown "watch list".

Where are the towns and cities on the UK's latest coronavirus local lockdown 'watch list'?

1. Blackburn with Darwen

2. Bolton

3. Oldham

4. Bury

5. Leicester

6. Hyndburn

7. Bradford

8. Rossendale

9. Calderdale

10. Wigan

11. Pendle

12. Preston

13. Peterborough

14. Trafford

15. Luton

16. Manchester

17. Swindon

18. Rochdale

19. Northampton

20. Tameside

21. Salford

22. Sandwell

23. Kirklees

24. Bedford

25. Stockport

26. Wakefield

27. Burnley

28. Oadby and Wigston

29. Eden

What towns and cities have been put into local lockdown already?

Leicester remains under lockdown restrictions, with residents awaiting news of the next review.

On July 30, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that parts of Northern England would start to face new restrictions due to localised outbreaks.

“Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe,” he tweeted.

“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.”

The affected areas are:

Greater Manchester

  • City of Manchester
  • Trafford
  • Stockport
  • Oldham
  • Bury
  • Wigan
  • Bolton
  • Tameside
  • Rochdale
  • Salford

Lancashire

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Burnley
  • Hyndburn
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Rossendale

West Yorkshire

  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Kirklees

According to the Public Health England watch list, Blackburn has the highest infection rate in England, with 80.6 people per 100,000 displaying symptoms between July 27 and August 2.

Residents there and in other locked-down areas are not allowed to socialise with other households in their homes, gardens or any other indoor venue, either inside or outside the local area.

Travelling for work or education is allowed, but other travel is not advised.

Source: Read Full Article