MATT HANCOCK is set to provide the public with an update concerning a potential new local lockdown.
A rise in coronavirus cases in the North East is expected to see restrictions to put in place to curb the spread and prevent a nationwide outbreak.
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What time is Matt Hancock's announcement?
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will be making an announcement at around 11.30am today – Thursday, September 17.
He will be speaking from the Commons in the Houses of Parliament.
What will be revealed on North East lockdown?
It is expected that Mr Hancock will unveil plans to put the North East into a local lockdown after a rise in cases.
This will likely cover North and South Tyneside, Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland – with around 2million people set to be affected.
In the most recent R rate update last week, the North East's upper limit rose to 2.5 as Newcastle registered 194 cases in the seven days prior to September 13.
This comes as the number of cases in the UK rose by nearly 4,000 on Thursday.
The Telegraph reported that a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants is expected to be announced.
Meanwhile, different households will be banned from mixing – with schools, workplaces and universities exempt.
Yet, Chronicle Live revealed that people will be urged against going on holiday with different households, while it will be advised to not attend sporting venues.
The lockdown restrictions are expected to come into place at midnight tonight as those in the North East face a different Friday.
How can I watch Matt Hancock's announcement?
Today's announcement will be live on BBC Parliament from 11.15am.
You will also be able to catch the action on BBC iPlayer.
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