Coronavirus: North-east England braced for fresh measures and PM 'not in favour of sneak culture'

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Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday morning. We'll have another update for you at 18:00 BST.

1. Fresh restrictions for more areas

Additional restrictions are expected to be imposed on almost two million people across north-east England. Local MPs have been told fresh measures will apply in Newcastle, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Northumberland and County Durham, says BBC Newsnight's Nicholas Watt. They could include 10pm pub closures, a ban on mixing between households and public transport reserved for essential travel. Meanwhile, strict limits on social gatherings will come into force in Rhondda Cynon Taf from 18:00 BST.

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2. PM: Speak to rule-breakers before calling police

People should speak to social distancing rule-breakers before reporting them to police, Boris Johnson tells the Sun. The prime minister says he's "never much been in favour of sneak culture". Earlier this week, his policing minister called on people to report neighbours gathering in groups larger than six - an activity banned in England, Scotland and Wales - via the non-emergency 101 number.

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3. What's going wrong with coronavirus testing?

People up and down the country have been blocked from getting coronavirus tests in recent days, as appointments were paused with the system struggling to cope. Yet the government says capacity is higher than ever. Our health reporters examine what's going on.

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4. 'I should be on an all-nighter'

Fresher's Week is a very different experience for students starting university this year. We find out how young people have been making friends and settling in to new surroundings, with social distancing curbing so many activities.

media captionStudents at the University of Hull tell us about their experience

5. Teenage clicks: A lockdown photography business

While schools were shut during lockdown, Toby Godfree, 15, from Bexhill, East Sussex, used his time off to set up a website showcasing his photography. Since then he's sold prints, calendars and posters to customers across the world.

media captionSince returning to school, Toby has had to balance his study with packaging orders

And don't forget...

Find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page.

Got the sniffles? If you're not sure whether your symptoms might be cold, flu or coronavirus, our video guide can help you tell the difference.

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