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Coronavirus map LIVE: UK faces MORE local lockdowns as new town emerges as worst hotspot

Data has revealed the borough of Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire in the north-west, now has a rate of 78.6 cases per 100,000 in the seven days

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Data has revealed the borough of Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire in the north-west, now has a rate of 78.6 cases per 100,000 in the seven days up to July 17. By comparison, Leicester, which was the first town in the UK to be subject to a local lockdown — had 72.6 cases per 100,000 people during the same period. Last week public health officials in Blackburn brought in measures aimed at enforcing social distancing in the wake of concerns about rising infection rates.

Up to 250 mourners at a mosque in the town were last week forced to self-isolate after the imam was confirmed to have COVID-019.

The Jamia Ghosia mosque has now been closed for a deep clean, with all who attended the funeral on July 13 required to quarantine themselves or take coronavirus tests.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson will meet his Cabinet in person for the first time in four months today as the Government presses ahead with plans to secure millions of doses of a potential vaccine.

Ministers will meet in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office rather than the smaller Cabinet room in Downing Street to allow for proper social distancing.

Yesterday a study suggested a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford was safe and induces an immune reaction, with the scientific community describing the news as “encouraging”.

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7.40am update: Cabinet poised to meet in person

Boris Johnson will gather his Cabinet in person for the first time in four months on Tuesday as the Government presses ahead with plans to secure millions of doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine.

Ministers will meet in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office rather than the smaller Cabinet room in Downing Street to allow for proper social distancing.

It comes after a study suggested a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford was safe and induces an immune reaction, which was branded “encouraging” by the scientific community.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam responded in The Sun, saying he was “cautiously optimistic that by late next spring there will be several vaccines that will have made it. And my confidence is increasing”.



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