Liverpool will now officially be in Tier 2 after lockdown lifts

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"The assessment recognises that rates in the majority of Norfolk are improving although they remain over 100 cases per 100,000 people".

On Thursday, the UK Government said the area also had a low positivity rate, with cases in all age groups "stable or declining".

Downing Street denied that economic factors were playing a part in the tier decision-making process and claimed London had not received a special exemption. We take a look at how fans reacted to the news.

A combination of tough tier three restrictions on hospitality and social contact, together with mass testing introduced in the city three weeks ago, has caused cases to fall substantially.

Most counties have been placed under tier two restrictions; 55 million people across the country will be in tiers two and three, with 23 million in the highest tier.

He said this was "particularly important" ahead of Christmas, when three households will be able to meet for five days.

The tier systems in England and Scotland are different.

"This is the first stage of securing jobs and companies for our future", he told the PA news agency.

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"So it's very hard to make this work in practice". Non-essential shops will be open all over the country, so any Christmas shopping plans are safe.

"It will not be business as usual", he said. Pubs and restaurants will be open but only if they serve substantial meals.

The United Kingdom is one of the worst-afflicted nations in the world with Covid-19 after 18,662 new cases were reported on Wednesday.

"I know for those of you faced with tier three restrictions this will be a particularly hard time but I want to reassure you that we'll be supporting your areas with mass community testing and extra funding".

He called for people to take personal responsibility and make good choices to protect themselves and others.

She also noted that "it is vitally important that we now work as hard as we can to reduce our rate of infection [.] This means reducing contact with anyone you don't live with, working from home where ever possible".

Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Scilly Isles are classed as tier one, or medium alert.

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