New Covid restrictions for nearly two million across north-east England

In Gateshead, we are bang in the middle of the area which will be put under strict new lockdown restrictions from midnight – no mixing of households, and pubs and bars to close at 10pm. (Subscribe:

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the measures, which affect some two million people, came after local councils raised concerns about rates of infection – telling MPs "the data says that we must act now".

Across the UK, another 3,395 new cases have been confirmed. A further 21 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours – taking the total to 41,705.
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