Coronavirus: Morning update

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Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday morning. We’ll have another update for you at 18:00 BST. 1. UK facing ‘difficult winter’Six months after lockdown was imposed, the country must “summon discipline, resolve and a spirit of togetherness” to get through a second battle against coronavirus. That was the message from Boris Johnson on Tuesday night. He said there had been “too many breaches” of the rules which were leading to a surge in infections, and therefore, new restrictions were needed – here they are in full. The PM warned he’d have to get “tougher” if they were ignored or not effective, but health correspondent Nick Triggle says that’s being weighed against the recognition within government that the public is tiring of the fight.

2. Indoor mixing bannedBoris Johnson only decides the rules for England and he stopped short of joining Scotland and Northern Ireland in banning people visiting each other’s homes. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people in Scotland to comply from today, with enforcement being introduced on Friday. Exemptions are in place for certain groups of people. The feeling is it’s almost inevitable that England will follow suit in the coming weeks.

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