Coronavirus: Strict rules apply to Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. UK News

A couple wearing protective face coverings chat in the street in Liverpool city centre, north-west England on September 18, 2020 after the British government imposed fresh restrictions on the city after an rise in cases of the novel coronavirus. - Millions more people in northern and central England faced new restrictions over a surge in coronavirus cases, the British government announced on Friday, as it warned another national lockdown could be imminent. Tighter regulations preventing people from socialising with anyone outside their household will come into force from next Tuesday across parts of the northwest, the Midlands and West Yorkshire. Food and drink venues in the northwestern areas of Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire will be restricted to table service only, while pubs and bars will have to shut early by 10:00 pm (2100 GMT). (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough have become the latest areas to enter local lockdowns, leaving more than a third of people in the UK living under even more restrictions.

The new bans in north-west England took effect at 11.01am on Saturday, just like in the north-east earlier this week.

Health Secretary during his announcement Matt Hancock With the exception of outdoor spaces such as parks and outdoor hospitality settings – residents of the four regions are urged not to mix socially with other family members.

And he told them to avoid “all essential travel” – which means people can still go to work and school.

Mr Hancock said: “In some parts of the country, The Report Virus Liverpool is spreading fast with 268 shootings per 100,000 people. “

But inside the second spike COVID-19 He claimed that while the cases were highly localized, the recent move had a “positive effect”.

The Prime Minister has defended the current raft of local lockdowns and appealed for patience in the fight against the disease.

Mr. Johnson has faced a backlash in recent days over the way he has launched such a national lockdown without MPs speaking out.

But in an interview with the Telegraph, he said there was a “moral imperative” for taking life-saving measures in what was being called a “one-time-a-century event.”

“I sympathize with those who were disbanded because of the curfew and other social restrictions imposed on them at 10 pm,” she said.

He added: “I think everyone is upset – I urge people to be a little more patient.

“We’ll go through this and we’ll save a lot of lives, and that’s the best I can say.

“I think there is a moral obligation to save lives wherever you can.”

His comments still come as more university students tested positive The University of Northambria in Newcastle-to-Teen said it was aware of 70,770 cases as of Friday, of which symp 78 was symptomatic..

New statistics show that the reproductive number of coronavirus infections, or R values, is still above 1 across the country and continues to rise.

The government advisory committee shows the data published by SAJJ Estimates for the UK as a whole – the rate at which the virus is spreading – range from 1.3 to 1.6. Last week, the numbers ranged from 1.2.3 to 1.5.5.

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