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The UK is “closer to new lockdown”, the i weekend reports, with Mr Johnson expected by ministers and advisers to be “bounced” into tougher restrictions. It comes as new virus cases rise 62% in a week, with sharp increases in the North West and North East of England, Yorkshire and Humber. Meanwhile, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is being “pressured” by Tory MPs to introduce new financial support for the hardest hit areas, the paper adds.