UK coronavirus live: London, Essex, York and north-east Derbyshire among areas put into tier 2 restrictions

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Barrow-in-Furness, York, north-east Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield move into tier 2 alongside London, Essex and Elmbridge; no decision yet on moving Greater Manchester and Lancashire into tier 3

Italy is poised to be removed from England’s travel corridor in a fresh blow to holidaymakers, who will have to quarantine for a fortnight on their return from the country, my colleague Simon Murphy reports.

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Hancock told MPs the government considered applying a borough-by-borough approach to London when deciding what alert levels should apply. But, because of the “integrated nature” of the city, it was decided to act on a London-wide basis.

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