Vast swathes of Saturday-night drinkers were seen downing pints on empty roads in London while others rushed to buy alcohol from off-licences in Leeds after the newly-imposed rules meant venues shut early. Booze-fuelled crowds also gathered on the streets of nightlife-hotspot Newcastle (top right) and in student-heavy city York (main). Meanwhile, a huge queue of people formed outside Tesco Express in Portsmouth, Hampshire (bottom right), as many opted to keep the night going with cans and bottles bought from a supermarket. The influx of merry partygoers heightened the risk of spreading the virus even more as they crammed together on public transport (left) - after Uber fares surged by 2.6 per cent due to increased demand in London. The Prime Minister's decision to impose the 10pm curfew has been hit by criticism after it was revealed the move was not advocated by Sage - the panel of scientific experts chaired by Sir Patrick Vallance. Sage members are said to be increasingly frustrated that they are being overruled while simultaneously being scapegoated for the harsher measures.
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