Tough new lockdown restrictions on social gatherings across the whole of England are to be announced as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to control a spike in COVID-19 infections.
It comes after almost 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Sunday in the highest daily rise since May, and a further 2,420 were recorded on Tuesday.
Gatherings of more than six people will still be allowed where the household or a support bubble are larger than the legal gathering limit.
It will apply to all gatherings - whether indoors or outdoors, in private homes, pubs, parks and restaurants.
Schools and workplaces will also be unaffected, as will organised team sports.
"We need to act now to stop the virus spreading", Mr Johnson will say. "We are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact -- making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce".More news: Tropical Storm Rene forms in the Atlantic, earliest "R-named" storm
Ministers have expressed concern over a "sharp rise" in cases.
A total of 2,988 new infections were reported on Sunday, the largest daily increase since May, government data showed.
The prime minister is announcing the ban on gatherings as a change in law - meaning it will be illegal to break the rules by Monday and will be enforceable by police.
British government also unveiled a new public information campaign entitled "Hands".
The association's national chairman John Apter said: "For policing, these constant changes to legislation are becoming the norm".
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While the official government R rate figure now stands at between 0.9-1.1, Professor Tim Spector, from the ZOE health app, said its their data - from users who log in and say if they are feeling unwell - led researchers to conclude the R value is now 1.2 for England, Scotland and Wales and 1.3 for Northern Ireland.
The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are able to set their own coronavirus restrictions and, while largely implementing similar rules, have moved at their own pace during the pandemic.
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The group can consist of up to five different households in the latter setting, but must maintain a social distance.
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As of now, the United Kingdom has registered 354,917 coronavirus cases, with over 41,000 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.