Blink and you could miss the transition next week – from lockdown to the tier system. Just 700,000 in England will move back to the lowest tier of Covid alert. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)
More than 40 percent of the population, many in the North and Midlands will be in the highest tier.
Boris Johnson admitted that the new regional restrictions would cause a "great deal of heartache and frustration".
Latest government figures show that in the last 24 hours there have been another 17,555 new coronavirus cases across the UK and a further 498 people have died, which brings the total to 57,031.
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