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Coronavirus LIVE updates as Greater Manchester awaits lockdown update

Millions of residents in Greater Manchester are awaiting news on the easing of lockdown rules affecting the entire region.

The rules means people from different households can't meet in each other's gardens or homes.

The measures were introduced two weeks ago.

While legally the Greater Manchester restrictions don’t have to be looked at until next Wednesday, England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty has already chaired his weekly silver command committee to look at local infection rates and fed recommendations into a gold meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.

So officials and politicians, whether MPs or council leaders, are awaiting the verdict,

It comes as Oldham now has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the country - overtaking the Lancashire borough of Pendle.

According to the latest data from Public Health England (PHE), there were 258 cases in the week ending August 8 and 248 cases in the week ending August 9.

The previous highest was 248 on April 12.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday night that music and performance venues will be able to reopen - with socially distanced audiences - from Saturday, in areas of England not subject to local local lockdown rules.

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Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and soft play centres can also reopen.

The changes however will not apply in specific areas subject to local restrictions - like Greater Manchester currently is.

'Close contact' beauty services like facials, eyebrow threading and eyelash treatments can resume from Saturday, alongside tattooists.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of British tourists in France face a desperate race to get home before quarantine restrictions are imposed from tomorrow morning.

People arriving in the UK after 4am on Saturday will be required to spend 14 days in self-isolation due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases in France.

The conditions will also apply to travellers returning to the UK from the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba.

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