Coronavirus latest: GREATER Manchester and Lancashire have been hit with new travel rules as a huge vaccination surge is launched to combat spiralling Covid cases.
People are being told to "minimise" travel in and out of the two areas, which are experiencing the sharpest rise in infections in the country.
The Army will be sent in to help with a huge new jabbing drive in a mirror of measures introduced in neighbouring Bolton last month.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the "strengthened package of support" for both council areas in the Commons today.
He said: "This includes rapid response teams, putting in extra testing, military support and supervised in-school testing.
"I want to encourage everyone in Manchester and Lancashire to get the tests on offer.
"We know that this approach can work, we've seen it work in south London and in Bolton in stopping a rise in the number of cases.
"This is the next stage of tackling the pandemic in Manchester and Lancashire and of course it's vital that people in these areas, as everywhere else, come forward and get the jab as soon as they are eligible because that is our way out of this pandemic together."
The PM's spokesman added: "We want to provide the package of support that has been effective in Bolton, to a wider area.
Manchester & Lancashire hit with new Covid rules to halt travel in or out as Army scrambled amid India variant spike
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