Blackburn with Darwen is facing a “rising tide” of coronavirus cases centred on terraced houses with high numbers of occupants, the area’s public health director has said.
The Lancashire town introduced additional restrictions on Tuesday after a spike of infections was reported.
The public health director said most new cases were in the south Asian community and he added a phased lockdown could happen if the rise was not stopped by July 27.
For the next month, the almost 150,000 residents within the Lancashire authority have been told to observe these new rules.
However, Blackburn with Darwen’s public health director Prof Harrison said they would “reverse the measures one by one not a full lockdown like Leicester”.