Hundreds of revellers descended on Newcastle city centre last night hours after 770 students were confirmed to have coronavirus at a local university.
The University of Northumbria has become a hub for the killer virus since term began last month, but it didn't seem to phase the scores of youngsters seen out with pals in groups in nearby Newcastle last night.
Latest Government figures show the coronavirus infection rate in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne has soared to 250.5 cases per 100,000, the highest rate in any local authority in the UK.
Current rules applied to people living in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland ban them from socialising indoors with people from outside of their household.
It is not known if those pictured were with people from outside their households, but they can face fines of £200 for breaking the rules.
The rule of six also applies, meaning that six people who live together are allowed to go out to the pub.
However, it is forbidden to mix socially with multiple households in indoor settings, and it is strongly advised to not meet other people out of home.
Technically it means you could be slapped with a criminal record if you visit someone in a lockdown area for a cup of tea, or going for a pint with a friend who you don't live with.
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Pictures taken last night show groups of revellers looking worse for wear, with some lying on the pavement as pals look on.
Very few were wearing masks, and social distancing seemed to have gone out the window as they huddled together to share a joke and prop one another up after restaurants and bars closed at 10pm.
It's an ongoing pattern.
Last week, boozer Bethany Melvin, 22, was indignant about going out for a wild Wednesday night despite the restrictions.
She told The Sun:"I want to play out and I want to do what I want to do.
"It's not very nice for us as me and my friends live at different ends of the city.
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"We went into Revolution de Cuba and they asked us if we were in the same household but we obviously lied."
Meanwhile at Northumbria University, students have been forced to self-isolate in their rooms.
A spokesperson said on Friday: "We can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for Covid-19, of whom 78 are symptomatic.
"These students are all now self-isolating.
"Their flatmates and any close contacts are also self-isolating for 14 days in line with government guidance and have been advised to contact NHS119 to book a test as soon as possible should symptoms appear."
Boris Johnson believes the sudden spike in cases could be related to Brits becoming more complacent about the killer bug.
He said: "The nation came together in March and April.
"What happened over the summer was a bit of sort of fraying of people's discipline and attention to those rules."
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