The UK Government are considering introducing another nationwide lockdown to contain a recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.
The Government announced 3,395 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the third time this week cases have surpassed 3,000.
Cases are at their highest rate since the peak of the pandemic in March and April which could lead to more nationwide restrictions in the coming weeks.
Chief medical officers and scientific advisors to the Government met on Wednesday evening to discuss possible interventions to prevent another acceleration of COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions across the country.
As a result, hospitality businesses such as pubs, bars and restaurants could close for a short period, while schools and workplaces may remain open although no official decisions have yet been made.
An estimated 11 million UK residents are currently under local lockdown restrictions. The North East was the latest region to see lockdown measures introduced with residents in seven councils now unable to meet other households inside or outside while pubs and another hospitality venues must remain closed between 10 p.m and 5 a.m.
Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Lanarkshire, and Leicester remain under local lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Certain areas of Lancashire, including Preston, Lancaster, and Burnley, could see restrictions imposed in the coming days after a surge in cases.