Millions of Londoners are spending their first day under tighter coronavirus restrictions after the capital moved into the Government’s “high” risk alert level .
Revellers thronged pubs and bars in Soho on Friday night ahead of the new measures, which came in at midnight and include a ban on any mixing between households indoors.
Other areas placed in Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday include Essex and Elmbridge in Surrey. In Lancashire, many hospitality businesses have been forced to close after the area was moved into the strictest Tier 3 restrictions.
It comes as Boris Johnson faces renewed pressure to impose a short "circuit-breaker" national lockdown to curb the spike in infections across the country. The UK recorded a further 16,171 Covid-19 cases today, as the death toll rose by 150.
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