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    Person wears mask in front of 2m social distancing sign

    That's all from us today, thanks for joining our live coverage. Here's a recap of the day's top stories:

    • Millions more people in England will move into tighter restrictions from Saturday, with areas of Yorkshire and the Humber, parts of the West and East Midlands, as well as Luton and Oxford City all moving into tier two measures
    • And from Monday, West Yorkshire will join tier three, England's highest level of restrictions
    • In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the country's new tier system. No areas have yet been placed in the highest tier - Level 4 - although the first minister did not rule out a return of national restrictions
    • German chancellor Angela Merkel was heckled as she introduced tougher restrictions in parliament and warned of a "long, hard winter" ahead
    • France's lockdown is to be restored on Friday, with people ordered to stay at home, unless they need to leave for essential work or medical reasons
    • Cyprus and Lithuania have been added to both England and Wales' quarantine lists, meaning arrivals from 04:00 GMT on Sunday must self-isolate for two weeks
    • Pizza Express is to cut a further 1,300 jobs across 370 restaurants as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on the hospitality sector
    • And finally, entertainer Bobby Ball, best known as one half of comedy double-act Cannon & Ball, has died aged 76 after being diagnosed with Covid-19
  2. West Yorkshire's move to Tier 3 a 'very difficult decision'

    The leader of Leeds City Council has said it was a "very difficult decision" to move West Yorkshire into tier three and a "significant moment" for Leeds and the region.

    Leeds City Council's chief executive Tom Riordan said a financial support package of £46.6m had been negotiated with the government for the region in addition to the tier two funding - with an further £12.7m for testing and tracing

    Casinos, car boot sales, adult gaming centres and soft-play areas will have to close under the new restrictions.

    Julian Hartley, chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said the number of Covid patients in hospitals had increased to 268 today - higher than in the first wave.

  3. Watch: Experimental Covid drug in trial phase

    An experimental drug that could prevent Covid-19 patients from becoming seriously ill is being trialled in England.

    The BBC's Fergus Walsh spoke to two volunteers who are taking part in the trial at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus treatment: Experimental drug in trial phase
  4. BreakingWest Yorkshire to enter Tier 3 on Monday

    West Yorkshire is to become the latest area to join the top level of restrictions in England when it enters tier three at 00:01 GMT on Monday.

    Under tier three - also known as "very high" - restrictions, there can be no mixing of households indoors or ourdoors in private gardens.

    Pubs and bars that do not serve substantial food must close and people are advised to avoid travel out of the area.

    Overnight stays are banned and you cannot hold a wedding reception.

    In addition, casinos, soft play, adult gaming centres, betting shops and car boot sales must shut in West Yorkshire.

    Shisha cafes will not be allowed to serve shisha but may operate as cafe.

  5. BreakingTees Valley in Tier 3 talks with government

    Image caption: Redcar could soon join tier three

    Local leaders in the Tees Valley area of the north-east of England say the government has informed them of its intention to put the region into tier three restrictions.

    A statement on behalf of the leaders of Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington, Stockton and Hartlepool Councils, the mayor of Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley mayor, said further discussions would take place on Friday with nothing agreed as yet.

    Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council leader Mary Lanigan, speaking on behalf of he group, said: “The government informed us late last night of their intention to take the Tees Valley into tier three restrictions.

    "We have had an initial meeting with ministers this afternoon where they again stressed this intention due to the current infection rate and the increased number of people being admitted to hospital with Covid-19."

  6. Nottinghamshire to receive £23.1m in Tier 3 funding


    Nottinghamshire is expected to receive £23.1m in funding to support businesses and managing Covid-19 enforcement as it enters tier three restrictions.

    The funding will see a £16.5m business support scheme for firms in the county and £6.6m for managing systems like NHS test and trace locally.

    The figure excludes Nottingham city, which will receive its own funding.

    The news comes as the whole of the county enters the highest coronavirus restrictions in England on Friday.

    Under Nottinghamshire's tier three restrictions alcohol cannot be sold after 21:00 GMT in shops, but can be sold until 22:00 if bought "in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal".

  7. Coronavirus in the UK, in charts

    Deaths and hospital admissions related to coronavirus are continuing to rise across the UK, with the number of patients in hospital with Covid now around half of what it was at the peak in spring.

    Confirmed cases
    Hospital admission graphic
    daily deaths
  8. Stockholm residents advised against socialising amid new restrictions

    Maddy Savage

    BBC News, Stockholm

    People living in Stockholm and the Swedish regions of Västra Götaland and Östergötland have been advised against going to gyms, museums, libraries, swimming pools and shopping centres until 19 November.

    They have also been told to avoid physical contact with people they do not live with.

    This follows similar restrictions introduced in the regions of Uppsala County and Skåne last week, following an uptick of infections in these areas.

    All regions with tougher guidelines will keep the current limit of 50 people at public events.

    National guidelines are set to change on 1 November, allowing public gatherings of up to 300 people, as long as social distancing measures are in place.

  9. Social clubs 'disappointed' as Tier 3 alcohol 'loophole' closed

    Someone pulling a pint behind a bar

    Social clubs in Lancashire say they are "bitterly disappointed" after the UK government closed an apparent loophole that allowed them to serve alcohol while in the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions.

    Under tier three rules, pubs and bars must close unless they serve substantial meals.

    But some social clubs were continuing to serve alcohol without food after their local councils told them this was permitted.

    Councils in Wirral, Preston and Fylde had all advised social clubs that the discrepancy existed because they held club premises certificates, rather than premises licences.

    But the government has since clarified that social clubs cannot sell alcohol on the premises unless they also serve substantial meals.

    A club in Preston said its business would now "slowly die", although the treasurer of another club said the rule change was expected because someone had "ticked the wrong box and not thought about us".

    Read more here.

  10. New £560m finance package for NI health service

    Conor Murphy and Arlene Foster

    Northern Ireland Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced a package worth £560m to help NI's health service tackle Covid-19.

    It is part of £687m of Covid-19 funding from the Treasury in London.

    A further £100m has been redistributed by ministers between departments as part of the normal budgeting process.

    Hospices will get £7m, as well as £15m for sport and £25m for the taxi and coach industry, while councils are to get an extra £15m and the Department for Infrastructure is getting £10m.

    It was also confirmed by ministers that NI schools will reopen on Monday, with extra measures in place to allow pupils to return to classrooms safely.

    Read the full story here.

  11. Sinn Féin's Elisha McCallion resigns over Covid-19 grant money

    Elisha McCallion
    Image caption: Elisha McCallion apologised "unreservedly" on Thursday afternoon

    A former MP in Northern Ireland and two other Sinn Féin officials have resigned over a failure to return grants of £10,000 paid by a Stormont emergency Covid fund despite MP and MLA constituency offices being ineligible for the scheme.

    Three Sinn Féin offices received the payments, which have since been repaid.

    Elisha McCallion apologised "unreservedly", saying the grant was lodged into a joint account of which she is a named signature with her husband.

    "I fully accept that as a named signature on the account that I should have taken extra steps to verify this situation before it was brought to my attention on Tuesday."

    She has resigned as a senator in the Seanad (Irish Senate).

    Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has accepted McCallion's resignation, as well as those of two other Sinn Féin officials. She apologised for their "failures".

  12. BreakingCyprus and Lithuania taken off travel corridor list

    Tourists swim in a pool in Cyprus

    Cyprus and Lithuania have been removed from England's travel corridor list, the Department for Transport has announced.

    That means, from this Sunday, people arriving from those countries will have to self-isolate for two weeks.

    The decision comes after a rise in coronavirus cases in both countries.

    Lithuania's seven-day rate of cases per 100,000 people has reached 140, while Cyprus is on 112.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added: "We are not adding any countries to the list of travel corridoors this week."

    You can read more about the UK's travel quarantine rules here.

  13. Watch: What are Scotland's new travel rules?

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    Video caption: Nicola Sturgeon outlines Scotland's latest travel rules

    A new five-tier system of measures means different curbs will be in force in different parts of Scotland from Monday.

    People are being urged not to travel into or out of council areas where there are level three restrictions.

  14. People in hospital with Covid at highest level for almost six months

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    The number of people in hospital with Covid has risen to more than 10,000.

    This is half the level it was at the peak in spring and the highest number for nearly six months.

    It comes after a sustained rise in admissions since September.

    It means around one in 13 hospital beds are occupied by Covid patients.

    That may not sound a lot, but there are two things to remember.

    Firstly, hospital capacity has been affected by the need for social distancing and the segregation of wards, meaning not all beds can be used.

    Secondly, the admissions have not been evenly distributed.

    The north west of England is caring for nearly a quarter of the patients.

    That has left hospitals in places like Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool very close to capacity, although there are signs the rise in admissions may be levelling off.

  15. Pizza Express to cut 1,300 more jobs as Covid continues to hit trading

    People dine outside a Pizza Express restaurant

    Pizza Express says it is cutting around 1,300 more jobs across its 370 UK restaurants after recent trading worsened due to tightened Covid restrictions.

    It comes two months after the restaurant chain revealed plans to cut 1,100 roles and close 73 of its restaurants. No further restaurant sites will shut as a result of the latest cuts, it said.

    The chain said its city centre sites had been "particularly hard-hit" while some of its suburban and out-of-town locations had seen more resilient trading.

    Zoe Bowley, Pizza Express managing director, said the chain's aim had been to keep staff and customers safe and to retain jobs for as long as possible but the rise in coronavirus cases had caused footfall to decline across the UK and expected that to continue for "some months".

    The chain was doing "what we can" to support those affected, she said, adding that the cuts will "give us more resilience through the next six months" and enable it to continue serving customers in its restaurants and at home in the "years ahead".

  16. Meat processing factory records 175 positive Covid tests


    At least 175 people have tested positive for coronavirus at a meat processing factory in Norfolk.

    All 1,000 workers at Cranswick Country Foods in Watton are being tested after staff in the butchery section were found to have Covid-19.

    Breckland Council officials and NHS Test and Trace staff have been deployed to Watton for "reassurance".

    Four positive cases in the butchery department were confirmed on 15 October and testing was brought in five days later. Testing between 22 and 23 October found 175 cases.

    Norfolk's director of public health Dr Louise Smith said 350 workers had been tested so far.

    Read the full story here.

  17. Christening party organiser fined £10,000 after 50 people attend

    Pictures from inside the marquee
    Image caption: The party included a hired marquee, DJ decks and live entertainers

    The organiser of a christening party attended by up to 50 people has been fined £10,000 for breaching Covid-19 rules.

    Some guests had travelled from London to the gathering in the Blakenhall area of Wolverhampton on Saturday, which included a hired marquee, DJ decks and live entertainers, West Midlands Police said.

    Wolverhampton is currently in tier two, with a ban on mixing indoors.

    Supt Simon Inglis said it was a "reckless breach of Covid rules" at a time when the virus was spreading.

    When police arrived at the home, the male organiser told them around 20 people were present but officers said they found more than 40 partygoers at the property.

    Told the party was a breach of Covid rules, the organiser told officers: "Oh my god, I spent too much money on this party. Give me one hour."

  18. US growth surged in summer but recovery is slowing

    New York
    Image caption: The economy has reopened but full recovery remains out of reach, especially in cities such as New York

    The US economy emerged quickly from the depths of the crisis triggered by coronavirus lockdowns earlier this year, but full recovery remains out of reach, official figures show.

    The economy grew at a record 7.4% in the three months to 30 September from the previous quarter, when it suffered a severe decline.

    But output remained 2.9% lower compared to the same period a year ago and analysts warn the rebound may be running out of steam.

    "Overall, the initial recovery in GDP after the first wave of lockdowns were lifted was stronger than we originally anticipated," said Paul Ashworth, chief US economist at Capital Economics.

    "But, with coronavirus infections hitting a record high in recent days and any additional fiscal stimulus unlikely to arrive until, at the earliest, the start of next year, further progress will be much slower."

    Read the full story here.

  19. BreakingUK records a further 280 Covid deaths

    Another 280 people have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, according to the latest government figures.

    It brings the official total number of coronavirus deaths to 45,955.

    There have also been a further 23,065 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus recorded in the UK as of 09:00 GMT on Thursday, taking the total number of UK cases to 965,340.

    On Wednesday, 24,701 new cases were reported, along with 310 deaths.

  20. What are the Tier 2 rules?

    As more areas across England move from tier one, the lowest level of virus rules, to tier two, the middle level, here's a guide to tier two rules.

    If you live in a tier two area, you...

    • Can no longer meet people socially indoors if you do not live with them - whether in private homes, pubs or restaurants
    • Can continue meeting people in their support bubbles as before, and informal childcare may also be provided
    • Can still meet friends and family outdoors, but only in a group of up to six people
    • Should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If you need to travel, you should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

    Read our full guide on the various rules across the UK.