Coronavirus LIVE: UK deaths above 43,000 as three-tier lockdown system begins

The new three-tier lockdown system comes into force across England today after the UK’s coronavirus death toll reached 43,000.

The Government’s new plan to tackle the rise in Covid-19 cases will see local authority areas placed into one of three alert levels – medium, high or very high.

The Liverpool City Region has been placed into the ‘very high’ category while other virus hotspots, including the North East, were put into the ‘high’ level.

Labour leader Keir Starmer has since called for a two to three-week “circuit breaker” national lockdown after it was revealed that scientists from advisory body Sage had recommended the measure last month.

Meanwhile, the Government reported on Tuesday that 143 more people had died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus, taking the UK death toll to 43,018. There were also 17,234 new cases confirmed.

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Chronicle Live – Sunderland