Brits in six areas hit with new Covid rules to halt travel in or out to stop Delta variant spread

SIX new Delta variant hotspots have been hit with travel restrictions to stop the spread of the mutation.

Residents in Birmingham, Blackpool, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Liverpool City Region and Warrington have been told to “minimise travel”.

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Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are doing everything we can to stop the spread of the Delta variant, and working with local authorities, we are providing a strengthened package of support in areas where cases of the variant are increasing.

“We know this approach has made a real impact in South London and in Bolton where we have seen it stall rising cases.

“I urge people living these areas to get tested, come forward for your vaccine as soon as you are eligible and make sure to get the all-important second jab – that is how we will beat this virus.”

Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency Dr Jenny Harries said: “The Delta variant is now the dominant strain across the UK, with cases continuing to rise in some areas. People in these areas can help protect their community by remaining cautious, by working from home if possible and remembering to practise hands, face, space and fresh air.

“Getting the vaccine gives a strong level of protection against this variant and I strongly recommend that everyone gets both jabs when the NHS invites you – it will protect you and your loved ones.”

It follows Greater Manchester and Lancashire being slapped with new measures last week to stop the variant spread.

In those spots, the Army was sent in to help with a huge new jabbing drive in a mirror of measures introduced in neighbouring Bolton last month.

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