- More than 11 million people - 19.6% of the population - will be living under England's tightest restrictions - tier three - from Monday
- Nottinghamshire has now moved into the top tier of Covid-19 restrictions after an overall rise in infection rates
- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab defends localised measures - he says the government is "striving to avoid" a "blanket approach"
- Infection rates are rising rapidly, with an estimated 100,000 people a day catching the virus
- North East of England at "critical point" in virus fight, say heads of seven local authorities in the region
- Germany and France reintroduce strict measures amid dire warnings for winter
- Business leaders in Glasgow warn of "damaging impact" of Scotland's latest Covid curbs
- UK's latest daily figures show 23,065 further positive cases and 280 more deaths as of Thursday
Welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK and around the world.
As we start our rolling updates, here’s a quick look at the main headlines this Friday morning:
- Nottinghamshire has moved into the "very high" tier three of Covid-19 restrictions after a rise in infection rates. Unlike some other tier three areas, betting shops, saunas, tattoo parlours and nail salons must close. West Yorkshire will also join England's toughest tier from Monday . It will take the total number of people living in tier three restrictions to just over 11 million - 19.6% of the population
- The number of criminal cases waiting to be dealt with by crown courts threatens to overwhelm the justice system in England and Wales , a study suggests. It says longer sittings and new courts are needed to tackle the problem, which has worsened during the pandemic
- Traffic around Paris hit record levels just hours before a new national lockdown came into force across France, with jams stretching to a cumulative 430 miles (700 km) in the Ile-de-France region early on Thursday evening, local media reported. Many Parisians have left the city - and their often cramped apartments - to spend lockdown in the countryside when it comes into force at midnight on Friday (23:00 GMT)
- There are warnings about the "damaging impact" of Scotland's latest Covid curbs , with business leaders in Glasgow fearing travel restrictions in the city - one tier below the strictest in the nation's new five-level system - could hit retailers relying on an influx of Christmas shoppers
What’s happening across Europe?From today, every time you leave your home in France you need to have a good reason and usually a downloaded document. You can go to school, buy food, go to work or go for a jog or walk the dog close to home and go to the pharmacy. But masks are now required from the age of six. France declared 47,637 new infections last night and 235 deaths.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has promised all 27 EU countries will get vaccines at the same time based on their size of population. She wants borders to remain open but mainly to essential travel.
Thirteen of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions have now stopped movement in and out of their areas. Valencia is the latest to close its borders for the next week.
Almost all of Austria has turned red on its four-level at-risk traffic light system. That means outbreaks are out of control and the virus is widespread. Austrians will expect new measures to emerge tomorrow.
Greeks are waiting to hear what PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis will announce today – with medical experts warning that tough measures are required. Thessaloniki is one of three areas now in the “red” zone – courts, museums, cinemas, restaurants and gyms have closed.
Belgians will hear later what’s in store for them today and things aren’t looking good. Health minister Frank Vandenbroucke says “I reckon it’s inevitable we’ll toughen restrictions”. More than half the country’s 2,000 intensive care beds are full and hospitals in French-speaking Wallonia it’s now 60%.
Russian infections have surged to a record 18,283 with 355 new deaths and Poland is facing record infection numbers of over 20,000 a day.
Ukraine has declared a record high 173 deaths and 8,312 new cases – but officials say another 3,394 people have recovered which is also a new high.
'We're always ready for further measures' - RaabEvery area of England is now in one of three coronavirus alert categories - medium (tier one), high (tier two) or very high (tier three).
People living in tier three areas for example, are banned from mixing with other households indoors and outdoors - including in private gardens - and pubs and bars not serving substantial meals must shut. Further restrictions can be introduced for individual areas.
But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has not denied suggestions that the government is considering bringing in an even higher fourth tier of restrictions.
Asked about reports, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We're always ready for further measures that we can take. But I think the most important thing about further measures is that we continue on the track we're on of targeting the virus."
Current tier measures not 'strong enough' - StarmerLabour leader Keir Starmer says he is calling on the prime minister to "look again" at the tier system, and that he is concerned it is "not strong enough" to deal with the rise in coronavirus cases.
When asked if he still wanted to see a short national lockdown - known as a "circuit-breaker" - he said he was "deeply concerned" by the rise in infection rates, hospitalisations and deaths, and "that's why we called for a circuit break over half-term" as it would have been the "ideal opportunity" to do it while schools would be closed - but the "prime minister didn't choose that".
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Starmer said: "My concern is that the tier system is not strong enough to stop the infection rate going up and the alternative now is weeks or months of agony in the tier system. So I do call on the PM to look again."
Fancy dress fun before tier three measures startNottinghamshire has become the latest county to move into the top tier of Covid-19 restrictions after an overall rise in infection rates.
But before the new rules came into force, young people took to the streets in fancy dress on Thursday night.
Youngsters were seen posing for photographs in fun attire in Market Square in the city centre, while others were seen drinking alcohol in large groups.
The new rules mean:
- Residents must not socialise with anyone outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting - including homes and private gardens - or at most outdoor hospitality venues
- People must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space, such as parks
- Pubs and bars that do not serve substantial meals as a restaurant must close
- Residents are advised to avoid travelling outside the area, unless for essential journeys, such as work or caring responsibilities
- Auction houses, car boot sales, betting shops, saunas and tattoo parlours must close
- Hotels, gyms and leisure centres can remain open.
West Yorkshire will join the third tier from Monday.
That will take the total number of people living in very high restrictions in England to just over 11 million - 19.6% of the population.
Record Paris traffic ahead of second France lockdown
Traffic hit record levels in Paris just hours before a new national lockdown came into force across France.
Parisians were reportedly leaving the capital - and their often cramped apartments - to spend lockdown in the countryside.
Jams stretching to a cumulative 430 miles (700 km) in the Ile-de-France region were reported by local media on Thursday evening, ahead of new measures coming into force at midnight (23:00 GMT) on Friday.
People have been ordered to stay at home except for essential work or medical reasons as daily Covid-19 deaths in France hit the highest level since April.
French authorities reported 47,637 new cases and 250 new deaths as of Thursday.
Michael E. Webber:
Incredible traffic jam in Paris as people try to leave the city before 9 pm curfew and before confinement begins at midnight. Traffic is barely moving in every direction as far as the eye can see. Lots of honking and frustrated drivers.
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