The United Kingdom tightened the lockdown across parts of northern England after a rise in the rate of coronavirus infections.

On Thursday, the country reported 846 new infections, the highest number in more than a month, prompting prime minister Boris Johnson to warn people about a possible second wave in Europe.

More than 4 million citizens were ordered not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire. They are still allowed to go to work, attend a pub, church or mosque with members of their own household. Those breaking the rules will face a fine of 100 pounds.

“The problem with this virus is that it thrives on the social contact which makes life worth living. I totally understand the human impact of this but unfortunately that is how the virus passes on. We can see that second wave in Europe”, health secretary Matt Hancock said.

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