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BBC News 1 Sep 2020

New coronavirus restrictions introduced in parts of Scotland


New restrictions are being imposed from midnight in three ares of Scotland to control the spread of Coronavirus. The measures will affect nearly a million people. The first minister Nicola Sturgeon said the number of cases had been rising mainly 'as a result of household gatherings'.
People living in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire have been told they should not meet with people from other households indoors.
If a close contact has tested positive for COVID-19, everyone in the household should self-isolate for 14 days. And only essential visits to carehomes and hospitals will be allowed. Huw Edwards introduces this report from Alexandra Mackenzie.

The government has agreed to pay two thirds of workers' wages when a businesses are told to close down because of virus restrictions.

It's ahead of an expected decision to close pubs and restaurants in virus hotspots in England, as has just come into effect in much of Scotland.
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.
Hospital admissions in the UK are rising rapidly, especially in the north of England where there are warnings that in some areas they are returning to levels seen during the original peak of the pandemic.

Average case numbers in England are 55 cases per 100,000 people. But across much of northern England the situation is much worse.

The Manchester area has recorded 561 cases per 100,000. In Liverpool it's 516 per 100 thousand. And levels are increasing in the Midlands with Nottingham now recording 440 cases per 100,000 people.

Restrictions for parts of England are expected to be tightened by the government — which is considering closing pubs and restaurants.

It's due to introduce a tiered approach with different levels of lockdown restriction for different areas categories.

Labour has accused the prime minister Boris Johnson of failing to implement clear policies for dealing with the pandemic.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Dan Johnson in Nottingham, political editor Laura Kuenssberg and health editor Hugh Pym.
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 37 million people worldwide and caused more than a million deaths. In Germany, Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly, with almost all of its largest cities becoming virus hotspots. Meanwhile, England is rolling out new lockdown rules as the city of Liverpool is set to be placed under tier three lockdown restrictions, the strictest of the country's new Covid-19 rules.

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