Coronavirus news LIVE: Preston prepares to join Manchester and Aberdeen in local lockdown after spike in cases

PRESTON are bracing themselves for a local lockdown, after the council asked residents to follow a number of extra restrictions in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

Data from Public Health England shows a rise in new Covid-19 cases in the city.

Preston recorded 49 new cases of coronavirus in the week to 31 July, more than double the week before when there were 22 – this meant almost 35 cases per 100,000 population.

The news comes as officials warn that Brits holidaying in France may have to face a two-week quarantine when they return to the UK.

France may be bumped off the quarantine-free air bridge list, joining Belgium and Andorra.

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