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New quarantine: The restrictions – which are in response to an “increased prevalence” of COVID-19 in these three countries – mean that Britons are now advised against all but essential travel to these destinations.

Tougher rules concerning the use of face coverings also come into effect today.

Face coverings are now mandatory in indoor places of worship, museums and galleries, public areas in hotels and hostels, bingo halls, libraries, cinemas, concert halls, crematoriums, aquariums and indoor zoos.

The new measures come as Preston became the latest part of the UK to see lockdown tightened once again.

Rising coronavirus infection rates have been reported in the Lancashire city – with the rolling seven-day rate of new COVID-19 cases rising from 21.7 per 100,000 people in the week to 28 July to 42.6 per 100,000 people in the week to 4 August.

Current restrictions on household gatherings in Greater Manchester, Leicester and parts of West Yorkshire will also continue.

And Bedford and Swindon have been added to the government’s “watchlist” of places where cases are rising.

Households mixing in pubs and houses has been blamed for the rise in coronavirus cases in Preston – with almost half of the cases reported among people aged 30 and younger.

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