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Soaring coronavirus infection rates have put Britain on the brink of tighter lockdown measures, eclipsing Boris Johnson’s attempt yesterday to focus on life after the pandemic.

Government science advisers have called for “urgent and drastic action” after cases doubled in 11 days to 14,542 and deaths doubled to 76 in the same period.

Hospital admissions in England have increased by a quarter in one day and ministers are scrambling to find a way to reduce cases in the north-west of the country amid concerns over the health service’s ability to cope during the winter in hot spots of infection.

Rates in Manchester have doubled in one week to more than 500 cases per 100,000 people. Liverpool and Newcastle are just behind with rates rising to over 50 per

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