LIVE: Coronavirus updates as new restrictions take effect in Cheshire and Warrington

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The new restrictions at three levels of government come into effect from today (Wednesday, October 14).The three-tier system was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, with local areas subject to different restrictions depending on the severity of coronavirus cases.

For Cheshire and Warrington, this means level 2 restrictions have been put in place due to the boroughs’ high alert status. The new restrictions mean home mixing is prohibited in any indoor environment and the rule of six applies to outdoor gatherings.

For part of Cheshire, Halton, restrictions are much tougher with the mix of households banned and pubs, gyms and betting shops forced to close due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the Liverpool area City, which enters level 3 from today.

On Tuesday, two more patients who tested positive for the coronavirus died in hospitals in Cheshire.

The deaths occurred at the Warrington and Halton NHS Teaching Hospital Trust and the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust during the last 24-hour registration period.

That brings the number of patient deaths in the county to 750 after testing positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.

The UK coronavirus death toll has risen by 101, the biggest increase since early June.

For comparison, there were 63 deaths linked to Covid-19 in clinical settings last Tuesday.

In England, there have been 87 coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals, five in Wales, seven in Scotland and two in Northern Ireland.

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