London and Liverpool will be placed in Tier 2 of England's new system of COVID-19 restrictions, but Birmingham and Manchester will be in Tier 3.
The government will announce today which areas of England are in which tier as part of a tougher system.
The number of coronavirus infections across the UK is showing signs of levelling off - but positivity rates remain in high in some areas and among secondary school children and young adults, according to the ONS.
A convicted terrorist facilitator who was in touch with the Manchester Arena bomber in the months before the attack is about to be released from prison.
The whole of Kent has been placed in Tier 3 under the new system, despite a last ditch attempt by MPs to divide it as some areas have low rates of COVID-19.
A UK rover is a step closer to landing on Mars after a successful round of testing on a new parachute system.
The chancellor has defended cutting the foreign aid budget, telling Sky News: "This is about trying to focus on the priorities that the British people have at a time of enormous difficulty."
Six Pakistan cricket players have tested positive for COVID-19 while on tour in New Zealand.
A 13-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after police were called to reports of a man attacking people with a pole.
Ethiopia's prime minister has said the army is moving in on the capital of the northern Tigray region after his 72-hour ultimatum for rebel leaders to lay down their arms expired.