New lockdown restrictions for Merseyside have been confirmed.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that from midnight tonight, new measures will be placed on our entire region to try and combat the rapid rise in covid-19 infections.

In  Merseyside, Warrington, Halton  and  Lancashire  (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), regulations will enforce the following restrictions from  Tuesday 22 September :

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

Confirmed cases have rocketed across the region in recent weeks - with Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens all passing the rate of 100 infections per 100,000 people threshold.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson told BBC Breakfast this morning that he expected the government to impose similar measures on Liverpool that were imposed on the North East on Thursday.

He said: "What I’m worried about is if we don’t tackle the measures now then we will head towards the winter, the Christmas period, where we could be in a real difficult position not just here but across the country. "

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Merseyside is not the only place affected by new measures today, with the Health Secretary also announcing new restrictions for large parts of Lancashire.

While the government is currently trying to limit restrictions to specific local areas, the spiralling rate of cases across the country has prompted discussion of a potential second national lockdown.

Top scientists from The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-m) have suggested another shorter lockdown should coincide with half term to minimise the disruption to schools, the Financial Times reported.

But Boris Johnson has told MPs he wants to avoid a second lockdown in England, saying it would be "completely wrong for this country."