UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock set to announce new restrictions in north-east of England

News updates: new rules set to mean almost 10 million people in UK will be under some form of lockdown

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11.03am BST

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, has accused the Scottish and UK governments of failing to collaborate effectively on the coronavirus and fighting endless constitutional wars over Brexit and independence, in an op ed for the Scotsman.

Starmer is visiting Scotland for the first time as leader today with the Scottish party in crisis: five days ago the Scottish party leader, Richard Leonard, very narrowly survived a no confidence motion after a rebellion by centrist Labour MSPs and peers over his leadership.

Rather than acknowledging the deep problems with their response to the virus, like the current testing fiasco or the crisis in our care homes, they are dodging blame and attacking each other.

Labour in government created devolution so that decisions could be made closer to people. But, for that, we need governments to work in partnership. [So] I say to both governments: get a grip, focus on the job in hand and work together to defeat this virus. I continue to believe that a four-nations approach is the best response to the health and economic crises we face.

10.54am BST

Restrictions reported to come into effect in the north-east tonight and those announced for Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales will bring an additional 2.2m people under some form of local lockdown.

Assuming no other areas have lockdowns restrictions removed in the interim, this means 9.7m people in the UK - one in seven - will be under local restrictions designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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