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Coronavirus live news: South Yorkshire ‘on cusp’ of tighter lockdown; CDC finds 300,000 excess deaths in US

UK move comes after Greater Manchester was put into tier 3; finding means Covid-19 death toll might be ‘underascertained’, says CDC

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The UK government is “on the cusp” of agreeing a deal with local leaders in South Yorkshire for the area to go into the tightest coronavirus measures, the housing secretary said on Wednesday.

“We have had very successful conversations (…) with the leaders of South Yorkshire,” Robert Jenrick told Sky News. “Again there’s a serious situation there.”

BREAKING: Housing Secretary @RobertJenrick says an “announcement will be made shortly” on South Yorkshire moving into Tier 3.

The PM will make a statement amid speculation the region could move to England’s toughest #coronavirus restrictions.#KayBurley https://t.co/9GlSz2CyUb pic.twitter.com/UAUS9sVK4c

Ukraine and the Czech Republic have reported daily record rises in coronavirus infections.

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s national security council reported a record 6,719 new cases registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 315,826 cases.

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