Revellers hit the town for ‘one last party’ ahead of new restrictions next week

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Revellers have been pictured partying in towns and cities across the UK in one final bash before the reintroduction of strict coronavirus lockdown measures next week.

In Newcastle, a group of young women were snapped walking home through the city centre after a night out.

A pair were also pictured dancing in the streets on Thursday night, after fears of a second lockdown from Monday.

Police were seen having a word with a man who looked worse for wear in Newcastle, as officers remained on the lookout for any trouble.

In London, large crowds were pictured outside some of the capital's pubs, after it was announced social gatherings of more than six people would be all but banned from Monday.

While in Birmingham, some young friends were seen enjoying their post-night out takeaway while sitting on the pavement.

It comes after warnings emerged desperate revellers were planning a final party before the introduction of the new restrictions.

On Wednesday, the word "pub" was trending on Twitter as the nation absorbed the news.

While police bosses have warned Britain will look like "the last days of Rome" this weekend, with spiralling levels of drunken disorder and wild parties.

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Young people are believed to make up the bulk of new Covid-19 cases, following a sharp spike in recent weeks.

The UK's rate of coronavirus cases has shot up from 12.5 per 100,000 people to 19.7 per 100,000 people, prompting a new wave of lockdown measures.

For people aged 19 to 21, that number rose steeply to 54 cases per 100,000.

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On the day of the announcement, England had just recorded more than 2,000 cases for a fourth consecutive day.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now announced a new set of lockdown measures aimed at combatting the spread of the virus and preventing a devastating second wave this winter.

The changes will mean those from different households can no longer meet in groups of more than six.

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Some areas of life will remain unchanged, including work, education and sport, but socialising with family and friends will take a hit.

There will be certain key exceptions where meeting in groups larger than six is allowed.

These include where everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble, or for work and voluntary services, as well as childcare and education.

Weddings, civil partnerships, baptisms, funerals, and other religious life-cycle ceremonies will still be able to go ahead, with up to 30 people able to attend.

Organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity and exercise classes are also allowed, meaning gyms should stay open.

And following months of tense standoffs in the streets this summer, it was announced protests and political activities will still be able to go ahead, but subject to Covid-19 secure guidance and strict risk assessments.

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