Coronavirus updates as 'rule of six' imminent in England

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Coronavirus updates as Government warns of 'long term' restrictions

Supermarkets have laid out rules for shopping in their stores from Monday ahead of the “rule of six” coming into force.

Companies like Asda, Aldi and Tesco have said face coverings are mandatory, with Morrisons even giving out free ones in store to those who may have forgotten their own.

While Sainsbury’s said coverings are recommended, they specified that customers appearing to flout those rules will not be challenged as some customers may have health conditions preventing them from wearing one.

New rules on gatherings of more than six will come into force tomorrow.

That comes after police fined a 19-year-old man in Nottinghamshire £10,000 for hosting a party of 50 people over the weekend as officials warned people against having a “party weekend” before the new rules come into effect.

In Hull, protesters took to the streets on Saturday standing against measures introduced to tackle the pandemic, even booing people going by wearing masks. Read more here.

And images of the city’s empty testing facilities laid bare the issues reported by families wanting to get tests in the region, but who are unable to access them. Read more here.

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Yesterday Sir Mark Walport, a former chief scientific adviser, said the UK is “on the edge of losing control” of coronavirus.

It comes after the R number for the country was raised to between 1 and 1.2 for the first time since March, indicating that the UK’s epidemic was growing again.

As of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 3,497 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with 365,174 cases confirmed overall.

It was also announced on Saturday that a further nine people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK total to 41,623.

Find out all the latest information, cases, deaths and updates across the UK.

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