Coronavirus restrictions are to be tightened in parts of north-west England, West Yorkshire and the Midlands.

They are the latest areas to see extra measures put in place as cases increase.

How many people are under extra restrictions?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a second national lockdown would be likely to have “disastrous” financial consequences for the UK.

In total, at least 13.5 million people now face local restrictions in the UK, roughly one in five people.

This includes:

  • 10.9 million people in England, or 19% of its population
  • 1.8 million people in Scotland (32%)
  • 422,000 people in Wales (13%)
  • At least 411,000 people in Northern Ireland (22%)

About 55% of the North of England is facing restrictions, along with 22% of the Midlands.

Which areas have restrictions?

The nature and extent of restrictions vary around the UK. Some of the rules and places include:




  • People in Rhondda Cynon Taf should not enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse like going to work or school; pubs and restaurants must close by 23:00 and people should not meet other households indoors
  • People in Caerphilly county are not allowed to enter or leave the area “without a reasonable excuse” and should not meet indoors with anyone outside their household

Northern Ireland:

Further details on the measures in place and specific areas affected have been published by the governments for EnglandScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

Read more: BBC News


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