Coronavirus latest news: Birmingham police break up more than 70 illegal parties as city tries to avoid lockdown

Police in Birmingham have reminded residents to adhere to social distancing, as the city attempts to curb the rise in coronavirus infections and avoid a local lockdown. 

On Saturday, police were called to more than 70 street and house parties and other unlicensed gatherings overnight – including one party which involved two marquees and a DJ. 

The force tweeted: “Our officers are out tonight responding to calls about large gatherings. Please stick to Government guidelines and keep safe”.

The warnings follow growing concerns about the rising number of cases within the city. Birmingham, which is the second most populous city in the UK, has seen infection rates increase to 32.1 per 100,000 in recent days. 

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