Due to “high levels of Covid”, the Scottish government said yesterday it has added the two towns to a list which already includes Bolton and Blackburn. New health laws will come into force on Monday, fining Scots if they travel to Manchester, where cases of the variant have increased.
The Indian variant is 50% more transmissible than the Kent variant of the coronavirus, the strain of COVID-19 that triggered a second wave over Christmas.
SNP-led Scottish government ministers have said Scots could be fined £ 60 up to a maximum of £ 960 if they repeatedly break the rules.
But the Mayor of Greater Manchester has called for urgent action from SNP government ministers to help businesses that could be affected by lost bookings or residents forced to cancel travel plans.
He said the Scottish government had failed to consult local leaders about the move and called the travel ban “unnecessary”.
In a statement posted on Twitter today, Mr Burnham added: “It would have been nice if Nicola Sturgeon had contacted us beforehand to discuss this.
“Maybe the Scottish government should try to live up to the same standards that it frequently accuses the UK government of failing?
“And will they offer compensation to residents of Greater Manchester whose trips are now canceled or to businesses that lose bookings?”
“Any national leader who announces a travel ban is big business. “
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Mr Burham, who was elected mayor of Greater Manchester for a second term in May, said if one ‘administration makes a decision which affects another’ it ‘should be customary’ for that choice to be ‘communicated or discussed in advance”.
He underlined: “You say I am just a mayor, but the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is an administration covering 2.8 million people.”
The latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) show coronavirus infection rates have continued to rise in most parts of Greater Manchester.
The infection rate rose in eight boroughs but fell in two, Bolton and Stockport, while Salford continues to have the region’s highest coronavirus infection rate, recording a rate of 336.9 cases for 100,000 people during the week ending June 14.
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The lowest infection rate is in Tameside, where the rate is 178.8 cases per 100,000 population while in Greater Manchester as a whole the infection rate is 261.2 cases per 100,000 population .
Speaking during his coronavirus briefing yesterday, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged caution for travel in the region and added: ‘Anyone traveling elsewhere in Greater Manchester or in the Lancashire area I would ask you to think carefully about whether your travel is really necessary as we are seeing cases increase in this area. “
Meanwhile, travel bans to the English town of Bedford and Northern Ireland will be removed from the Scottish government’s list of UK travel restrictions.
Currently, most of the central belt and towns, including Stirling and Dundee, are currently in Level 2 of the Scottish Government’s five levels of restrictions.
Other parts of the country are at level 1 and many islands are at level 0.
In the past 24 hours, Scotland has recorded two deaths from COVID-19 and 1,209 new cases.
That means the death toll according to this daily measurement – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – stands at 7,692.