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2 million people in the north-east of England face tougher coronavirus rules as cases escalate – BBC News




Around two million people in the north-east of England are facing even more severe cuts as the number of new coronavirus cases has risen. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that disturbing any indoor environment will be illegal from Wednesday. At this point people are advised to avoid this. The new measures mean that it would be illegal to gather people in a bar or restaurant – with anyone outside the home. The region has already been under restrictions for the past 10 days. The rules cover a wide area that includes Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham County. Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has called for an “urgent review” to change the closing time of the restaurant and pubs until 10pm. He said the policy has caused people to gather in their homes and warned that supermarkets are full of people who buy drinks after bars close. Downing Street says it will continue to review policy in England. Huw Edwards presents BBC News Ten at Fiona Trott in Newcastle, health editor Hugh Pym and medical editor Fergus Walsh. Please subscribe HERE .



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