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LIVE Mayor press conference after Greater Manchester's new lockdown measures

This afternoon Andy Burnham will hold the latest Greater Manchester press conference on the coronavirus situation here.

He will be joined by Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester council and the region’s health lead.

Today’s update comes five days into new lockdown measures for the conurbation, announced by the health secretary last Thursday night.

Those were introduced on Friday amid fears that infection rates were on the rise in almost every borough, in some cases significantly.

That was then backed up by new legislation, which came into effect at midnight, that could see you fined £100 for going into another person’s house or garden.

Mr Burnham is likely to face questions from journalists on the many issues that have resulted, including whether - and how - the police will be looking to strictly enforce that law.

The mayor will also give an update on the broader Covid-19 picture here.

On Friday he presented figures for the week to Monday, July 27, which showed rates had increased in every borough bar Rochdale, including significant increases in Oldham, Trafford and Manchester.

Wigan’s rate had risen, but remained low.

Since then more data has been released by Public Health England for the week to Friday, July 31.

That data, published yesterday, suggests Stockport may have been spiking towards the end of the week, according to analysis carried out by the M.E.N, with cases more than doubling in seven days from 41 cases to 84.

Meanwhile Manchester, Salford, Bury and Tameside all appeared to still be on an upward trend too, with Oldham and Trafford remaining high but levelling off.

Bolton appeared as level with possible signs of an increase, with Wigan level on low numbers.

Rochdale still seems to be the only borough coming down, after targeted measures were introduced a few weeks ago.

However it isn’t yet clear which timeframe the figures read out by the mayor will cover, so the trends he announces today may differ.

He is also likely to push on a number of issues that are Greater Manchester calls on government.

They include problems with the national track and trace system, which has seen particularly bad headlines in recent days, as well as the need for people self-isolating to get guaranteed financial support.

Follow our live updates here from 2pm.

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