Coronavirus news LIVE: Northerners face £3,200 fines if they break lockdown and second wave in France ‘highly likely’

NORTHERNERS face £3,200 fines if they repeatedly break lockdown – as laws enforcing restrictions in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire take effect from midnight.

The tougher restrictions have been reintroduced for around five million living across areas of northern England after a spike in coronavirus cases.

Ministers had said the rules – which ban people from different households meeting in a private home or garden – would apply from midnight on July 31.

Anyone found flouting the rules could be fined £100 up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences.

Meanwhile, France’s top scientific body said a second wave of the coronavirus was “highly likely” this autumn or winter as the country deals with an increase of new Covid cases over the past two weeks.

It comes as the coronavirus death toll rose to 46,210, while there were 938 new cases of the virus.

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