Live: Health Secretary Hancock to update parliament on COVID-19.

Coronavirus latest: NINE million Londoners will be plunged into Tier 2 lockdown from midnight Friday with a ban on household mixing.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the threat from the bug in the capital was "grave and serious" as he announced the decision in the Commons this morning.

Other areas moving into Tier 2 include Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield.

Both Manchester and Lancashire are also poised to be forced into Tier 3 lockdown rules later today.

Mr Hancock said this morning: "In London, infection rates are on a steep upward path with cases doubling every 10 days.

"We know from the first peak the infection can spread fast and put pressures on the NHS."

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