Brits hit the town in Leeds, London and Cardiff as UK teeters on the brink of lockdown, curfew and shut pubs
BRITS have hit the town in Leeds, London and Cardiff as the UK teeters on the brink of a new lockdown, curfew and shut pubs.
Revellers enjoyed a night out on Saturday in what could be the last weekend of freedom before another national lockdown is announced to stop the spread of Covid-19.
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Soho in Central London was busy last night as people sat down to enjoy a meal and drinks, while further north groups were seen out and about on the streets of Liverpool and Leeds.
Cardiff in Wales was also a popular spot on Saturday night.
Parts of the North are already under local lockdowns while others including Leeds and Liverpool are also at risk as coronavirus rates continue to soar.
London could also be placed into lockdown with curfews and closed pubs.
In Newcastle, cops were out enforcing a strict 10pm curfew on Friday night.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a two-week national lockdown on Tuesday.
Mr Johnson could reportedly announce the new fortnight shutdown as early as Tuesday as the country heads towards a second wave of Covid-19.
The looming two-week shutdown will see restaurants and leisure facilities closed while schools and offices stay open.
Another 2.3 million people will be living under local lockdowns from Tuesday after curbs were announced for parts of Merseyside, Lancashire, West Yorkshire and the Midlands.
That means a total of 12.3 million — or one in five of the population — will be living under some form of lockdown even before new nationwide restrictions are announced.
Experts have warned coronavirus deaths could rise unless another lockdown is introduced sooner rather than later.
Boris said on Friday that a second wave was “inevitable”, yet insisted he will not impose the same strict lockdown as March.
But he warned new restrictions are needed because the “rule of six” hasn’t done enough to quell the virus, with cases now doubling every week and the R rate rising to between 1.1 and 1.4.
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