North of England local leaders warned Covid deaths set to rise unless stricter curbs are introduced
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Boris Johnson is expected to sign off on the harshest tier 3 coronavirus measures for millions more people in the north of England later on Thursday, as Downing Street piled last minute pressure on local leaders in Greater Manchester to accept the changes.
New restrictions also look imminent in London, where MPs were invited to a briefing with the health minister Helen Whately on Thursday morning to discuss the surge in cases in the capital.