The new rules will take effect from December 31
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced another tightening of coronavirus restrictions, according to the BBC.
From December 31 to fourth the level is crossed by Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Derby and Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Birmingham and Black Country, Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, Lancashire, Cheshire and Warrington, Greater Manchester, Cumbria -Wellie, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Somerset and all of North East England.
Residents of these regions should, if possible, stay at home and are allowed to communicate only within their support bubble. All non-food shops, hotels and entertainment establishments will be closed, cafes and restaurants will begin to operate only for delivery and take-out. A complete list of restrictions is available on the government website.
On third Rutland, Shropshire and Telford, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Liverpool, York and North Yorkshire, Bath and North-East Somerset, Devon, Plymouth, Torquay, Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire pass the level of restrictions.
Sky News estimates that 44 million people, or 78% of the population of England, will be in the regions with the highest level of restrictions from 31 December.
On December 29, 53 135 cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the UK and 414 deaths were recorded.