Sport Steelers-Titans to be played later in season after further positive COVID-19 tests
North East lockdown: 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and ban on household mixing
New local restrictions are being introduced in northeast England - including a 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and a ban on people mixing with others outside their household. Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the measures in a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday morning after the government's talks with North East councils and local MPs.They will come into force from Friday in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham.
The Week 4 matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans will be played later in the NFL season following further positive coronavirus tests.
The game was pushed back from Sunday to Monday or Tuesday after the Titans confirmed three players and five personnel staff had contracted COVID-19.
However, following two further positive tests in the Tennessee camp, one for a player and one among the staff, the teams will now meet later in the season.
New lockdown restrictions begin in North East as Lancashire expected to follow
People in northeast England will not be able to meet others outside their household from today - as Lancashire is also expected to be placed under tighter restrictions. More than 10 million people across the UK are now in lockdown, after new restrictions in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham began at midnight.Residents in these areas are banned from socialising with others outside their household or bubble, food and drink venues are restricted to table service only and all leisure and entertainment venues must close at 10pm.
An NFL statement released on Thursday read: "The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game scheduled for Week 4 will be rescheduled to later this season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19 today. An announcement of the new game date will be made shortly.
"The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.
"The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will continue to have no in-person activities until further notice."
Though the entire NFL preseason slate was scrapped this year, this is the first instance of a regular-season game being postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.
The Titans and Steelers have both started 3-0, two of seven NFL teams yet to lose a game through three weeks.
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Three Titans players and five personnel officials tested positive for COVID-19, throwing their Week 4 clash with the Steelers into doubt.Three Titans players and five personnel officials returned positive COVID-19 tests, the NFL announced.