Revellers defy Storm Alex in coronavirus hotspots for wild night out in the rain
Revellers defied a night of intense rain across the country to line the streets outside bars and pubs with current coronavirus hotspots Newcastle, Bolton and Liverpool busy.
Not even Storm Alex, bringing with it strong winds and a number of torrential downpours, could dampen the party spirits.
Streets in London, Leeds and Manchester were also well-populated after establishments closed at 10pm
The rain didn’t stop young revellers huddling in numbers, with many coming together under umbrellas and sheltering in bus stops to try and keep themselves dry.
Some held their jackets over their heads to try and avoid a soaking as relentless rain lashed the UK.
Some got a soaking earlier in the evening, forced to queue in numbers in the storm with coronavirus restrictions lowering venue capacity.
After, many party goers again huddled together as they went in search of food.
Following their night’s early end, punters topped up their booze at off-licences after 10pm curfew rules meant bars and pubs shut.
The night out comes after 770 students testing positive as Northumbria University was hit by a huge coronavirus outbreak.
The uni – located in Newcastle-upon-Tyne – believe of the cases, 78 of those are believed to by symptomatic.
All students who have tested positive are now self-isolating along with their flatmates and anyone they have been in contact with, the university confirmed.
A spokesperson for the university said: “As of Friday October 2, we can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for Covid-19, of whom 78 are symptomatic.”
Liverpool’s streets were busy again after a difficult week.
Its coronavirus infections are doubling – but the city was again busy on Friday and Saturday night.
The city’s Covid-19 infection rate surged to over 250 cases per 100,000 early last week.
It left Liverpool in a “difficult position” as locals have been urged to limit socialising.
Authorities raised the alarm following a weekend of chaotic scenes in the city’s streets, in the first weekend of the Government’s 10pm pubs curfew.
Last weekend, furious Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson shared pictures of crowds, saying the Government had been warned earlier closing times would just create a bottleneck.
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