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Hancock warns of 'difficult choices' as Greater Manchester leaders stand defiant
15 October 2020, 09:33 | Updated: 15 October 2020, 22:30
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned of "difficult choices" as Greater Manchester leaders stand defiant against further coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Hancock announced a tightening of rules for a number of areas with London moving to a Tier 2 alert level from early on Saturday morning, but Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burham and all 10 of the area's councils have unanimously rejected plan to place boroughs into Tier 3 restrictions.
It is unclear whether the Government will chose to impose restrictions on Greater Manchester and Lancashire this week.
Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield, Elmbridge and Essex are also moving to Tier 2 as infection rates are 'rising sharply'.
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