There has been a surge of cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom since the end of the last lockdown in June. In response, extra restrictions have been put into place in some areas of the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK is “now seeing a second wave”.

From Tuesday, coronavirus restrictions are to be increased in parts of North West England, West Yorkshire and the East and West Midlands.

At least 13.5 million people, or almost 20% of the UK population, are already facing local restrictions.

According to the BBC, over half of the North of England is now under tighter restrictions, and over a fifth (22%) of the Midlands.

People in areas with tighter restrictions must not:

  • Host people they do not live with in their home or garden
  • Meet people they do not live with in their home or garden (inside or outside the area lived in)

People are advised to maintain good hygiene including washing hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask to reduce the risk of spread and infection of the virus.

Coronavirus has been found to be a greater risk to people with obesity, and hypertension – prompting the UK government to focus on an obesity drive to reduce the nation’s weight.

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