Liverpool lockdown as city and three more areas hit with new rules

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Tighter restrictions on social mixing will be imposed in the Liverpool city region, Warring, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

New restrictions apply to the region following a dangerous spike in coronavirus cases which have soared to 268 confirmed cases per 1,000.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons the area “needs to act” and will now prevent all households mixing with each other.

He also said people should not attend professional or amateur sporting events as spectators and care home visits should only happen in exceptional circumstances.

Guidance against all but essential travel has also been given, which includes trips to work and school.

The government has also agreed a funding package of £7m for the region to assist with the new restrictions.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the virus is spreading "fast" in some parts of the country.

He said: "In Liverpool the number of cases are 268 per 1,000 – so we need to act.

"Today I am extending these measures that have been in place in the North East since the start of this week to the Liverpool City Region, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesborough.

"We will provide £7m of funding to local authorities in these areas to support them with their vital work.

"The rules will be as follows, we recommend against all social mixing between people in different households, we will bring in regulations as we have in the North East to prevent, in law, social mixing between people in different households in all settings except outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality."

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