Separate households will be banned from meeting indoors from midnight tonight in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire after a rise in coronavirus cases.

The news comes as the United Kingdom has seen its highest increase in coronavirus cases in over a month.

The order covers:

  • All of Greater Manchester
  • East Lancashire: Pendle, Hyndburn, Burnley, Rossendale and Blackburn with Darwen
  • West Yorkshire: Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was ‚Äėimmediate action” to keep people safe following an “increasing rate of transmission” in parts of northern England.

“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing,” he said.