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Millions of Britons face tighter lockdown rules as UK reaches ‘critical time’ in virus fight

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Almost eight million Britons will be subjected to tighter lockdown restrictions next week after fresh measures were imposed in the West Midlands and Scotland.

From Tuesday, households in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull will be banned from mixing after the region reported a surge in coronavirus cases.

Further north, Lanarkshire joins areas around Glasgow subject to tougher controls, with the new rules in force as of midnight on Friday.

It comes as nine new local authorities were added to Public Health England’s watchlist – meaning they, too, could soon see new restrictions imposed.

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The nine at-risk areas are: Gateshead, Sunderland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Hertsmere, Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Sheffield and St Helens.

Some 5.8 million people in England (one in 10) will be forced to follow tougher rules than the rest of the country, when the new measures take effect in the West Midlands, according to analysis by Sky News.

Designated areas in Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Greater Manchester where restrictions are already in place remain as areas of national intervention, the Department of Health confirmed.

Household mixing banned in Birmingham after spike in cases

In addition, around 1.76 million (one in three) people are set to be under stricter rules in Scotland.

Restrictions in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire were continued for a further week on Monday, having first been introduced on September 1.

Meanwhile 181,000 (one in 20) residents are affected in Wales after a local lockdown was imposed in Caerphilly on Tuesday evening.

This takes the UK total to 7.8 million.

Coronavirus hits the UK – In pictures

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Electronic bilboards displays a message warning people to stay home in Sheffield

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An image of The Queen eith quotes from her broadcast to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus epidemic are displayed on lights in London’s Piccadilly Circus

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Boris Johnson addresses the nation on the Coronavirus lockdown

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Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade delivered a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital

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Durdle Door in Dorset

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Mia, aged 8, and Jack, aged 5, take part in « PE with Joe » a daily live workout with Joe Wicks on Youtube to help kids stay fit who have to stay indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak

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An NHS worker reacts at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

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Goats which have taken over the deserted streets of Llandudno

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Novikov restaurant in London with its shutters pulled down while the restaurant is closed

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London Landscapes: Hyde Park and the Serpentine, central London.

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A newspaper vendor in Manchester city centre giving away free toilet rolls with every paper bought as shops run low on supplies due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus

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Theo Clay looks out of his window next to his hand-drawn picture of a rainbow in Liverpool, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue

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A young man cuts another man’s hair on top of a closed hairdresser in Oxford

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General view of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital, built to fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

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Jason Baird is seen dressed as Spiderman during his daily exercise to cheer up local children in Stockport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

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A woman wearing a face mask walks past Buckingham Palace

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A man holds mobile phone displaying a text message alert sent by the government warning that new rules are in force across the UK and people must stay at home

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Medical staff on the Covid-19 ward at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital, in Wales, as the health services continue their response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking part in a virtual Cabinet meeting with his top team of ministers

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A shopper walks past empty shelves in a Lidl store on in Wallington. After spates of « panic buying » cleared supermarket shelves of items like toilet paper and cleaning products, stores across the UK have introduced limits on purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have also created special time slots for the elderly and other shoppers vulnerable to the new coronavirus.

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People on a busy tube train in London at rush hour

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Mia, aged 8 and her brother Jack, aged 5 from Essex, continue their school work at home, after being sent home due to the coronavirus

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Children are painting ‘Chase the rainbows’ artwork and springing up in windows across the country

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Social distancing in Primrose Hill

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Westminster Bridge is deserted

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A general view of a locked gate at Anfield, Liverpool as The Premier League has been suspended

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An empty escalator at Charing Coss London Underground tube station

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Homeless people in London

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A piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear has appeared on a wall on Bank Street in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow’s street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a woman and a man pulling back to give each other a kiss

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The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic

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A general view on Grey street, Newcastle as coronavirus cases grow around the world

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Matt Raw, a British national who returned from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China, leaves quaratine at Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside

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Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty (L) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance look on as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference inside 10 Downing Street

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The ticket-validation terminals at the tram stop on Edinburgh’s Princes Street are cleaned following the coronavirus outbreak.

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Locked school gates at Rockcliffe First School in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

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A sign at a Sainsbury’s supermarket informs customers that limits have been set on a small number of products as the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases grow around the world

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Jawad Javed delivers coronavirus protection kits that he and his wife have put together to the vulnerable people of their community of Stenhousemuir, between Glasgow and Edinburgh

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A sign advertising a book titled « How Will We Survive On Earth? »

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A man who appears to be homeless sleeping wearing a mask today in Victoria

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A pedestrian walks past graffiti that reads « Diseases are in the City » in Edinburgh

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Staff from The Lyric Theatre, London inform patrons, as it shuts its doors

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A quiet looking George IV Bridge in Edinburgh

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A quieter than usual British Museum

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A racegoer attends Cheltenham in a fashionable face mask

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A commuter wears a face mask at London Bridge Station

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A empty restaurant in the Bull Ring Shopping Centre

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A deserted Trafalgar Square in London

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Passengers determined to avoid the coronavirus before leaving the UK arrive at Gatwick Airport

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Electronic bilboards displays a message warning people to stay home in Sheffield

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An image of The Queen eith quotes from her broadcast to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus epidemic are displayed on lights in London’s Piccadilly Circus

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Boris Johnson addresses the nation on the Coronavirus lockdown

Andrew Parsons

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Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade delivered a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital

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Durdle Door in Dorset

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Captain Tom Moore

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Mia, aged 8, and Jack, aged 5, take part in « PE with Joe » a daily live workout with Joe Wicks on Youtube to help kids stay fit who have to stay indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak

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An NHS worker reacts at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

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Goats which have taken over the deserted streets of Llandudno

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Tobias Weller

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Novikov restaurant in London with its shutters pulled down while the restaurant is closed

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London Landscapes: Hyde Park and the Serpentine, central London.

Matt Writtle

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A newspaper vendor in Manchester city centre giving away free toilet rolls with every paper bought as shops run low on supplies due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus

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Theo Clay looks out of his window next to his hand-drawn picture of a rainbow in Liverpool, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue

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A young man cuts another man’s hair on top of a closed hairdresser in Oxford

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General view of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital, built to fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

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Jason Baird is seen dressed as Spiderman during his daily exercise to cheer up local children in Stockport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

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A woman wearing a face mask walks past Buckingham Palace

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A man holds mobile phone displaying a text message alert sent by the government warning that new rules are in force across the UK and people must stay at home

PA

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Medical staff on the Covid-19 ward at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital, in Wales, as the health services continue their response to the coronavirus outbreak.

PA

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking part in a virtual Cabinet meeting with his top team of ministers

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A shopper walks past empty shelves in a Lidl store on in Wallington. After spates of « panic buying » cleared supermarket shelves of items like toilet paper and cleaning products, stores across the UK have introduced limits on purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have also created special time slots for the elderly and other shoppers vulnerable to the new coronavirus.

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People on a busy tube train in London at rush hour

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Mia, aged 8 and her brother Jack, aged 5 from Essex, continue their school work at home, after being sent home due to the coronavirus

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Children are painting ‘Chase the rainbows’ artwork and springing up in windows across the country

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Social distancing in Primrose Hill

Jeremy Selwyn

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Westminster Bridge is deserted

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A general view of a locked gate at Anfield, Liverpool as The Premier League has been suspended

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An empty escalator at Charing Coss London Underground tube station

Jeremy Selwyn

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Homeless people in London

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A piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear has appeared on a wall on Bank Street in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow’s street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a woman and a man pulling back to give each other a kiss

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The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic

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A general view on Grey street, Newcastle as coronavirus cases grow around the world

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Matt Raw, a British national who returned from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China, leaves quaratine at Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside

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Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty (L) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance look on as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference inside 10 Downing Street

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The ticket-validation terminals at the tram stop on Edinburgh’s Princes Street are cleaned following the coronavirus outbreak.

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Locked school gates at Rockcliffe First School in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

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A sign at a Sainsbury’s supermarket informs customers that limits have been set on a small number of products as the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases grow around the world

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Jawad Javed delivers coronavirus protection kits that he and his wife have put together to the vulnerable people of their community of Stenhousemuir, between Glasgow and Edinburgh

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A sign advertising a book titled « How Will We Survive On Earth? »

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A man who appears to be homeless sleeping wearing a mask today in Victoria

Jeremy Selwyn

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A pedestrian walks past graffiti that reads « Diseases are in the City » in Edinburgh

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Staff from The Lyric Theatre, London inform patrons, as it shuts its doors

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A quiet looking George IV Bridge in Edinburgh

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A quieter than usual British Museum

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A racegoer attends Cheltenham in a fashionable face mask

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A commuter wears a face mask at London Bridge Station

Jeremy Selwyn

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A empty restaurant in the Bull Ring Shopping Centre

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A deserted Trafalgar Square in London

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Passengers determined to avoid the coronavirus before leaving the UK arrive at Gatwick Airport

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Meanwhile, the rest of the country is preparing for new “rule of six” limits on social gatherings – meaning that from Monday meet-ups of more than six people will be illegal.

John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, urged people to look after each other and avoid a “party weekend” before the nationwide restrictions come into force.

He said: “There is a real risk some members of the public will take advantage of the current situation and treat this weekend as a party weekend ahead of the tighter restrictions being introduced on Monday.

“Alcohol and warm weather are not a good combination at the best of times. Using the current situation as an opportunity and excuse to party would be incredibly irresponsible and put pressure not only on policing, but potentially on the ambulance service and NHS.

“We are in the grip of a deadly pandemic and we have seen cases increasing over recent weeks. Policing is under pressure like never before, but my colleagues will give enforcement notices if they feel it’s appropriate, and we make no apology for doing so.”

What are the new social gathering rules for England?

His warnings come as the number of Covid-19 cases rose to their highest level since mid-may – with 3,539 new infections recorded on Friday.

The figures were published after the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) released that the coronavirus reinfection rate has crept above the critical 1.0 threshold for the first time since March.

The R value across the UK now stands between 1.0 and 1.2 – meaning the epidemic is growing across the country.

Separately, an Imperial College London study found that coronavirus cases in England were doubling every seven to eight days at the beginning of September.

The findings of the Real-Time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT-1) study suggest the virus is now spread more widely in the community.

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Professor Paul Elliott, director of the programme at Imperial from the School of Public Health, said the “large and robust dataset clearly shows a concerning trend in coronavirus infections, where cases are growing quickly across England and are no longer concentrated in key workers”.

He added: “What we are seeing is evidence of an epidemic in the community and not a result of increased testing capacity.

“This is a critical time and it’s vital that the public, our health system and policymakers are aware of the situation.

« We cannot afford complacency.”

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