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ANDY BURNHAM: Public advised to ‘minimise travel’ in and out of Greater Manchester

 

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, held a remote press conference to discuss the latest on Greater Manchester's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes after Health secretary Matt Hancock announced the region has been designated an “enhanced response area” and extra support would be provided.

To help tackle the rise in the Delta variant of coronavirus in Greater Manchester, Ministers have taken the step to introduce a ‘support package’ for the region.

On vaccinations, Andy Burnham called on the government for supplies of the vaccine to be brought 'forward', to allow Greater Manchester to surge vaccines and go 'further, faster'.

As well as the extra support, the whole of Greater Manchester as well as Lancashire have been advised to ‘minimise travel in and out’ the region. Andy Burnham reiterated the government's changing advice for Greater Manchester 'is not a lockdown'.

The Mayor said it was “very important to keep a sense of proportion” about the announcement.

He said: “This is guidance, it is advice to the public. It is not a lockdown. It is not a ban… this is not about telling people to cancel their plans, it is about asking them to be careful in setting any new ones, to minimise non-essential travel.”

The Mayor revealed he had his second dose of the vaccine, and urged anyone who is eligible to have the vaccine to do so.


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