North-east of England faces new restrictions amid Covid-19 spike

Extra measures to restrict social contact expected to be unveiled on Thursday morning

New restrictions on social contact between households and a 10pm curfew on pubs are expected to be introduced in parts of north-east England in an attempt to curb rising coronavirus cases.

Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle city council, confirmed that “additional, temporary restrictions” were being planned to prevent another full lockdown for the region.

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