Millions more people in London and across England will face tougher coronavirus restrictions from Saturday.
The capital, along with Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will move into the second tier of measures – including a ban on households mixing indoors, including pubs and restaurants.
But a bitter political row has so far prevented Greater Manchester being moved into Tier 3, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock telling MPs he wanted to see “rapid progress” on the issue.
Mr Hancock’s announcement means that more than half of England’s population will be under Tier 2 “high” alert or Tier 3 “very high” restrictions.
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