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UK covid LIVE: Surge tests EXTENDED as Indian variant cases soar in Manchester but vaccines keep coronavirus deaths low

GREATER Manchester and Lancashire have been hit with new travel rules 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.

It comes as nearly a third of secondary school pupils in Bolton were absent for Covid-related reasons on the week before half-term, Government figures suggest.

But despite the surging cases Britain’s brilliant vaccination roll-out mean those catching covid are more likely to be young and healthy people for who the risk of serious illness is much lower.

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