Wednesday 7 October 2020 / 12:12 PM Coronavirus / Keir Starmer

Labour analysis reveals 19 out of 20 English areas under restrictions have experienced increased infection rates

Labour analysis reveals that 19 out of 20 areas in England that have been have been under restrictions for two months have seen an increase in infection rates

At Prime Ministers Questions today, Keir Starmer called on the Prime Minister to “level with” communities affected by coronavirus restrictions after new analysis showed that 19 out of 20 areas in England that have been under restrictions over the last two months have seen an increase in infection rates since entering restrictions.

There are currently 20 areas in England under restrictions, which were first announced between June and mid-September, as part of Boris Johnson’s ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy. However, Labour research reveals that 19 of these areas have seen infection rates increase.

  • Bolton, which has been under restrictions since 30 July has seen its infection rate increase almost 13 times from 20 to 255 per 100k.
  • Burnley, which has been under restrictions since 31 July has seen its infection rate increase over 20 times from 21 to 434 per 100k.
  • Bury, which has been under restrictions since 31 July has seen its infection rate increase over 13 times from 20 to 266 per 100k.

With the test and trace system in chaos and the Prime Minister unable to explain his own guidelines, Labour is demanding that the government does more to get infection rates down and help millions of families out of lockdown.

Speaking in Prime Ministers Questions, Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“The Prime Minister really needs to understand that local communities are angry and frustrated. So will he level with the people of Bury, Burnley and Bolton and tell them: what does he think the central problem is that’s causing this?

He added:

“The Prime Minister can’t explain why an area goes into restrictions. He can’t explain what the different restrictions are, and he can’t explain how restrictions end. This is getting ridiculous.”