Almost two million people in north-east England will be subject to more restrictions following a rise in coronavirus cases.
The temporary measures include restrictions on households mixing and pubs closing earlier at night.
The Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead and County Durham council areas will be affected from midnight.
They have been described as necessary to prevent a “damaging full lockdown”.
The North East has seen a resurgence of coronavirus in recent weeks and on Monday seven councils called for new restrictions.
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