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Shoppers in Nottingham ahead of the region being moved into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions on Thursday. The very high level of restrictions includes a ban on social mixing both indoors and in private gardens, pubs and bars closing unless they can operate as a restaurant, and residents are advised against overnight stays in other parts of the UK and they should avoid travel where possible in and out of the area, unless it is for work, education or caring responsibilities. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
The prime minister is under mounting pressure to bring in tougher coronavirus rules after UK deaths hit their highest level for five months.
There were 367 deaths linked to the virus recorded on Tuesday, and nearly 23,000 more cases.
Downing Street has not rebuffed an internal projection from its SAGE experts that this winter could see more fatalities than the spring, with a spokesman calling latest figures “concerning”.
Boris Johnson is said to be under ‘intense lobbying’ to take action
The prime minister is coming under “intense” lobbying from experts such as chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance to ramp up restrictions, according to The Daily Telegraph.
It says government advisers fear that daily deaths could remain in the hundreds for at least three months.
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They have also warned that the whole of England will need to be under the toughest Tier 3 restrictions by mid-December, The Sun reports.
The current official count of COVID-related deaths in the UK is nearly 59,000.
Gallery: Second wave of COVID-19 hits Europe (Photo Services)
A spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in some European countries has sparked fears of a second wave of infections. The countries include Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Spain and the UK. Several restrictions have been imposed in major cities to curb the uptick in the cases.
Here is a look at the ongoing situation in pictures.
(Pictured) Passengers wearing face masks use a moving walkway in metro corridors shortly before the city-wide nighttime curfew in Paris, France, on Oct. 27.
A general view of an empty Marqués de Larios street in Malaga, Spain, after the imposition of mandatory curfew on Oct. 27.
Pedestrians walk over a reminder to wear face masks sprayed on a sidewalk in Karl-Marx-Strasse in Berlin, Germany, on Oct. 27.
Protective face masks are seen on display in a shop as the COVID-19 outbreak continues in Vienna, Austria, on Oct. 27.
Medical workers test people for COVID-19 at a new test station in Zagreb, Croatia, on Oct. 27.
Doctors protest against the mistreatment of their sector and demand a quality healthcare system during a demonstration, outside the Spanish Parliament in Madrid on Oct, 27.
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a mural created by street artist INO in the Psiri district of Athens, Greece, on Oct. 23.
An audience member wearing a face mask has his temperature checked as he arrives for the reopening of “The Great Gatsby” in London’s West End, in England, on Oct. 22.
A mask-clad voter casts his ballot on the first day of early voting in the second round of a parliamentary election at a drive-in polling station in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Oct. 19.
The iconic bar Vis-à-vis is seen closed as new restrictive measures to tackle coronavirus take effect at Kraków’s UNESCO-listed Main Square in Poland on Oct. 25.
A man bangs a pot as he takes part in a protest as authorities ordered bars and restaurants to close for 15 days as part of a set of new restrictions issued in Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain, on Oct. 16.
A woman wearing a protective mask exits a pharmacy in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Oct. 9.
A medical personnel gets dressed in a protective suit at a clinic in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct. 6.
A sign is displayed in the window of a student accommodation building in Manchester, England, on Oct. 5.
A cup for tips with writing saying “lockdown 2.0 fund” is seen on a countertop as a barista wearing a protective face mask makes coffee for a customer from behind a safety takeaway hatch, in Galway, Ireland, on Oct. 5.
Spanish National Police officers wearing protective masks stand at a traffic checkpoint during a partial lockdown in Madrid on Oct. 5.
A cafe bar near the Eiffel Tower is seen on the last day before bars and cafes are closed for a minimum of two weeks under new COVID-19 restrictions, in Paris on Oct. 5.
A nurse wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus gathers during a protest demanding an improvement in wages and labor conditions at La Paz hospital in Madrid on Oct. 5.
People wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they stroll by the ancient Colosseum in Rome, Italy, on Oct. 3.
A couple arrives to enter a club located in the heart of the old town in Kraków on Oct. 2. Due to the recent pick of coronavirus cases, the government adopted a “zone policy” to implement restrictions. Officially, nightclubs and discos have to be closed; however, the law allows them to operate as a cocktail bar under COVID-19 regulations.
French Health Minister Olivier Véran holds a COVID-19 prototype test at the end of his weekly press conference on the pandemic at the Bichat–Claude Bernard Hospital in Paris on Oct. 1.
A nightclub in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is seen closed on Oct. 1. Amsterdam has imposed new rules on social gatherings that limit the number of people in a room to 30 and restaurants, cafes and bars are required to be closed by 10 p.m.
Bars are seen closed as tourists walk along an empty street, as the second wave of coronavirus disease hits Europe, in Malaga on Sept. 30.
Election committee members wearing protective suits wait for voters at a drive-in polling station during regional and senate elections in Prague, Czech Republic, on Sept. 30.
French First Lady Brigitte Macron (L) and Latvian First Lady Andra Levite maintain distance during a visit to the National Library in Riga, Latvia, on Sept. 30.
Schoolchildren wearing protective masks take part in a course on the first day of the new school year in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Sept. 30.
People walk past a sign advising pedestrians to socially distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Newcastle, England, on Sept. 29. More than two million people in northeast England face new restrictions because of a surge in coronavirus cases.
Passengers stand at the balconies of the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship moored at the dock, after some of the crew members tested positive for COVID-19, in Piraeus, Greece, on Sept. 29.
Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, is greeted by Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa upon her arrival in the official residence of the prime minister for a working meeting and dinner during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lisbon, Portugal, on Sept. 28.
Students wearing protective masks protest during a demonstration against the Italian government, the delays and deficiencies that have characterized the beginning of this school year during COVID-19 pandemic, at Piazza del Popolo in Rome on Sept. 26.
A seamstress sews customized face masks at a shop at Piazza di Pietra in Rome on Sept. 25.
Nuns wearing face masks walk across a street in Rome on Sept. 25.
Spanish soldiers work at a coronavirus patient tracking center in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Sept. 24.
Medical staff member register and take a sample for a voluntary COVID-19 test at a test station in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 24.
A man walks past a signage, as Merseyside remains under lockdown due to the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Liverpool, England, on Sept. 22.
A woman wearing a face mask leaves a shopping mall in Prague on Sept. 16.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned on Tuesday that rising deaths were likely to “continue for some time”.
As the effort to suppress the rise in cases and deaths continues, West Yorkshire is rumoured to be the next heading for Tier 3 coronavirus rules – meaning extra restrictions on household mixing and shutting pubs that don’t serve food.
Warrington entered the top tier on Tuesday, while the Nottingham area is set to join from Thursday.
Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Yorkshire are already in Tier 3.
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Almost empty streets in the shopping centre of Newport as Wales enters week one of a two-week “firebreak” lockdown in an attempt to protect the country’s NHS from being overwhelmed by the resurgence of coronavirus. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Staffordshire, meanwhile, is in line to be upgraded to Tier 2 – meaning no indoors household mixing – as soon as the weekend.
It means more than eight million people could be under the strictest lockdown by the end of the week, prompting calls for clarity on how the restrictions will be eased.
The concerns over a North-South divide has prompted Tory MPs in the new Northern Research Group to write to Boris Johnson urging a “clear road map” out of the lockdown.
Head of the group, Jake Berry, said “the cost of Covid and the virus itself threatens to send the North into reverse”.
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Women sit together in the shopping centre of Newport as Wales enters week one of a two-week “firebreak” lockdown in an attempt to protect the country’s NHS from being overwhelmed by the resurgence of coronavirus. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
It comes as the chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce warned that the first generation of vaccines “is likely to be imperfect” and that they “might not work for everyone”.
Kate Bingham cautioned against over-optimism and said any vaccine might not work for everyone, or for very long.
In other significant coronavirus developments, France is said to be on the verge of another blanket national lockdown.
President Macron will address the nation later after the country’s death toll reached 523 – the highest since April – while cases topped 33,000.
Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading – here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don’t go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn’t available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.