Coronavirus UK LIVE: Preston warns ‘don’t kill granny’ after lockdown imposed and up to 750,000 testing kits recalled

PRESTON has been plunged into local lockdown, after the council asked residents to follow a number of extra restrictions in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

Authorities have urged people not to “kill granny” amid reports almost half of new cases in Preston were among those aged 30 and younger.

Adrian Phillips, chief executive of Preston City Council, said: “Our director of public health has said ‘don’t kill granny’ to young people to try and focus the message”.

He added: “Young people are inevitably among the brave and the bold, they want to be adventurous and out and about but we know that they have the virus, are more likely to at the moment, they often have less symptoms but they do take it back to their household.”

The news comes as up to 750,000 coronavirus test kits have been recalled over safety fears.

The swab kits, created by Northern Irish firm Randox Laboratories, did not meet the required safety standards, the government said.

Meanwhile, the UK government have announced that the list of settings where face masks are compulsory has expanded to include hairdressers, cinemas, and more. Police can issue £100 fines for those caught breaking the rules.

Deaths in the UK have now reached 46,566, after 55 more fatalities yesterday.

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