HUNDREDS of thousands more Brits will be forced into a tough Tier 3 lockdown with days, it has been confirmed.
Warrington will see new rules enforced from just after midnight on Thursday morning after the case rate hit 354 cases per 100,000 people - compared with the national average of 190.
Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the "necessary and proportionate thing to do" after 15 people died over the past three days.
The news comes as doctors in Bradford slammed the Eat Out To Help Out scheme for causing a "tragedy" that's sweeping hospitals in the area.
Writing his diary for the BBC News website, Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary described a growing local crisis, with locals adding that most people were taking the outbreak seriously until Eat Out to Help Out "changed all that".
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