MATT Hancock has announced that people from different households have been banned from meeting indoors across a large area of northern England after a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.
The government announced the measures at 9.16pm last night, less than three hours before they took effect.
Meanwhile, Leicester’s local lockdown was last night partially lifted with pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen on Monday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty, are to hold a press conference today at noon.
The UK death toll stands at 46,084.
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