Coronavirus UK news latest – Police break up hundreds of illegal Tier 4 lockdown parties

BRITS defied lockdown rules to see in the New Year – despite three quarters of England living in Tier 4 restrictions amid rising infections.

However, cops were out in force to move them along and keep the streets empty – with fines of up to £10,000 threatened for those who break the rules.

Yesterday, England’s busiest hospital, the Royal London in Whitechapel, said it had gone into “disaster mode” and said it was no longer able to offer “a high standard of care”.

Meanwhile, the reopening of secondary schools in England has been delayed until later in January, and in some of the areas hardest hit by Covid-19, primary school pupils will also not return as planned next week.

Universities are being asked to reduce the number of students returning to campus from the beginning of next month, and those who do return should be offered two rapid coronavirus tests.

It came after a further 981 people died of coronavirus on New Year’s Eve with a further 50,023 new infections confirmed.

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