Drinkers spill out into the streets as 10pm coronavirus curfew empties pubs

Revellers partied on in the streets of Covid-19 hit Newcastle after being turfed out by the 10pm curfew.

Cases of coronavirus have had a massive spike among 15 to 24-year-olds in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne since lockdown restrictions were lifted.

But that did not stop young party-goers putting social distancing to one side for a Friday night on the toon.

Pubs and clubs were told by the UK government last month to shut their doors at 10pm to reduce risk of infection.

This has led to groups clinging onto the night as they spill onto the street hours earlier than usual.

Rates of infection in the city have risen to make it the fifth highest concentration of cases in the country.

Since tougher rules on social mixing were first introduced on September 18, Newcastle’s case numbers and infection rate have continued to escalate.

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Over the seven days prior to October 5, there were 498.6 new cases per 100,000 people.

Pressure is mounting on the Government from pub groups and MPs to scrap the curfew but hospitality in the north could take a further hit

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With the speed at which the virus is spreading in the north of England, plans are being discussed to close all pubs and restaurants.

Public Health England revealed that just 3.3 per cent of the 918 total outbreaks recorded over the past week came were hospitality-linked.

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Schools, colleges and universities made up for 325 outbreaks and a further 172 in care homes and 47 in hospitals.

The curfew however clearly has not stopped everyone having a good time.

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