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England has returned to a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions after its second national lockdown ended.

The tougher new system came into force on Wednesday after being approved by MPs in a Commons vote on Tuesday.

The government said the move would help “safeguard the gains made during the past month”, despite 55 Tories voting against PM Boris Johnson’s plan.

More than 55 million people are in the strictest two tiers and cannot mix indoors with those in other households.