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Covid: pubs in north of England face new restrictions within days

Alarming rise in cases puts pressure on ministers to act as Nicola Sturgeon imposes Scotland crackdown

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Pubs and restaurants in swathes of the north of England could face restrictions within days in a scramble to stem an alarming rise in coronavirus cases, after Nicola Sturgeon announced a nationwide crackdown on indoor drinking in Scotland.

UK ministers will meet again on Thursday to try to come to a resolution, along with local leaders, on what harsher measures should be imposed, following what Sturgeon described as “short, sharp action” for Scotland.

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