Coronavirus cases have been rocketing across the UK – surging by 167% in just two weeks across England, and the other countries seeing similar spikes.

Governments across England, Scotland and Wales have leapt into action, with England placing more areas like the North East under local lockdown.

As cases rise, new areas of Wales have been placed under lockdown.

Which areas, and what are the rules?

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Which parts of Wales are now in lockdown?

The newest areas in Wales to go into a local lockdown are Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr and Newport – all of which are in South Wales.

The lockdowns will go into effect from 6pm on Tuesday September 22.

They join Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly County Borough, places that were put in lockdown last week.

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What are the new rules under local lockdown for these areas?

Residents will not be able to enter or leave those areas except for a limited number of exemptions, such as work.

Pubs will need to shut by 11pm each night.

People will not be able to meet others outside of their own household indoors – only outdoors.

Reasonable excuses for leaving your home in these six affected areas are:

Motorists can continue to travel through the areas on the M4 and other roads.

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