There have been 280 new deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 28 days in the UK bringing the total in the last seven days to 1,608, an increase of 52 per cent on the previous seven-day period.

Government data showed there were 23,065 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The seven-day total of 154,873 cases was up by 13 per cent on the previous seven-day period.

The Government said it would stick with a system of local lockdowns

“The judgement of the government today is that a blanket national lockdown is not appropriate, would do more harm than good,” Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said

West Yorkshire is the latest area to be put into Tier 3 restrictions with Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and Calderdale placed into the toughest measures

England removed Cyprus and Lithuania from its safe travel list on Thursday, meaning that people arriving from those countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

The measures will take effect at 4 a.m. on Sunday.



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