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Greater Manchester and Lancashire could be the next regions to face Tier 3 lockdown restrictions after scientists called for greater controls to be imposed in some areas.

The Government’s Joint Biosecurity Centre reportedly recommended most of North West and North East England, as well as parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands, should be moved into Tier 3.

Amid mounting expectation that the region faces the toughest coronavirus measures, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is to hold talks with Number 10 on Thursday.

 

Mr Burnham has been resisting pressure to follow the Liverpool City Region into Tier 3 restrictions – which would see bars, gyms and betting shops forced to close – despite soaring infection rates.

 

However following a briefing with the deputy chief medical officer for England Dr Jenny Harries on Wednesday, he said he expected to have a further meeting with Boris Johnson’s team.

 

With Greater Manchester and Lancashire looking set to be the first to be affected, Manchester MPs said they had been invited to a meeting on Thursday morning.

Lucy Powell, the Labour MP for Manchester Central said it had “all the hallmarks of a decision having been made”.

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In contrast, London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he would back tighter restrictions in the capital – which is currently under the lowest Tier 1 controls.However, he called for a package of financial support for the city.In a letter to the Prime Minister, he said that with the infection rate approaching approaching 100 cases per 100,000 head of population, new measures would be needed “very soon”.Health Secretary Matt Hancock will update MPs on the latest measures in a Commons statement later on Thursday.Meanwhile, Northern Ireland is braced for the toughest controls in the UK so far with pubs and restaurants set to