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BBC News 28 Sep 2020

2 million people in north-east England face tougher coronavirus rules as cases surge


Around two million people in the north-east of England are facing even tougher restrictions following a sharp rise in the number of new cases of coronavirus.

The health secretary Matt Hancock announced that mixing between households in any indoor setting will be illegal from Wednesday. Currently people are advised to avoid this.

The new measures mean it would be unlawful for people to meet in a pub or restaurant -- with anyone outside their household.

The region has already been under restrictions for the past 10 days. The rules cover a wide area which includes Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham.

Greater Manchester's mayor Andy Burnham has called for an "urgent review" of the 10pm closing time for restaurants and pubs. He said the policy had led to people gathering in homes instead and he warned that supermarkets were packed with people buying drink after bars had closed. Downing Street says the policy in England will be kept under review.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Fiona Trott in Newcastle, health editor Hugh Pym and medical editor Fergus Walsh.

Almost two million people in the north-east of England are living under tougher restrictions on socialising after a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases.

It's the biggest regional lockdown yet. In total more than 9 million people in the UK are now under stricter lockdown regulations.

The latest measures, in north-east England, affect seven areas - Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. People there are banned from socialising with people outside their household or support bubble.

There will be table service only in restaurants which, along with pubs and bars, must close by 10pm.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the government was acting after seeing rates of infection in the region that caused concern.

A lockdown affecting almost a quarter of a million people in South Wales has also come into force. People in Rhondda Cynon Taff aren't allowed to leave the area without good reason for at least a fortnight, and they're banned from seeing anyone indoors who's not from their own household.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Ed Thomas in Newcastle and Hywel Griffith in South Wales.
Matt Hancock made the announcement on Thursday.
Restrictions are being imposed on two million people across the North East of England, aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19.

Kay Burley spoke to the leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, who revealed details about the
new measures.
Tighter lockdown restrictions are being introduced for more people living in parts of the North West of England to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. From midnight on Saturday, residents in Oldham and parts of Blackburn and the Pendle district in Lancashire won't be able to socialise with anyone outside their own household. They have been told to avoid all but essential journeys on public transport and gatherings such as weddings and funerals are being limited to twenty people. Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten's report by health correspondent Dominic Hughes.

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