Tighter Covid rules imposed on more areas of England and Wales

Leeds, Cardiff and Swansea among areas affected, with London placed on ‘watchlist’

New coronavirus restrictions have been announced for Leeds, parts of Wales and more towns in the north-west, bringing the numbers affected by stricter measures to 21.3 million, as London was placed on the government’s “watchlist”.

Cardiff and Swansea will be subject to local lockdowns, the Welsh government has announced. From 6pm on Sunday, residents in the Welsh cities will not be able to travel in or out without reasonable excuse, or able to meet indoors with anyone they do not live with. Some parts of Llanelli in south Wales will also be under a local lockdown from Saturday evening. The new restrictions will affect about 800,000 people.

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