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UK coronavirus LIVE: Death toll rises by 150 as London sees first day of Tier 2 lockdown restrictions

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 4 days ago Daniel O'Mahony, Harriet Brewis
a group of people walking down a busy street: Police officers walk past bars in Soho (Reuters) © Provided by Evening Standard Police officers walk past bars in Soho (Reuters)

Millions of Londoners are spending their first day under tighter coronavirus restrictions after the capital moved into the Government’s “high” risk alert level .

Revellers thronged pubs and bars in Soho on Friday night ahead of the new measures, which came in at midnight and include a ban on any mixing between households indoors.

Other areas placed in Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday include Essex and Elmbridge in Surrey. In Lancashire, many hospitality businesses have been forced to close after the area was moved into the strictest Tier 3 restrictions.

"Coronavirus in numbers: UK death toll rises to 43,579"
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It comes as Boris Johnson faces renewed pressure to impose a short "circuit-breaker" national lockdown to curb the spike in infections, as a further 16,171 Covid-19 cases and 150 deaths were confirmed overnight.

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