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Revellers prepared for a second national lockdown by dressing up and heading out on the lash on the day infections topped 1m.
Taking advantage of the last Saturday before a nationwide, month-long shutdown kicks in on Thursday, young revellers dressed as everything from Ali G to Power Rangers to Bunny Girls hit bars and clubs up and down the country.
The wild scenes came just hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a press conference the rise in coronavirus cases had to be halted in its tracks.
All that seemed to count for nothing though on the streets of London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle and Leeds as drunken revellers mixed freely, although some could be seen wearing masks and face coverings as protection, reports the Sun.
This came as the official number of confirmed coronavirus infections passed the 1m mark.
On Saturday another 21,915 people tested positive for Covid-19 and a further 326 people died from the virus.
However, it didn't deter the nation's boozers from hitting the town.
In Newcastle groups dressed as robbers in stripy outfits roamed the streets along with scantily clad women drenched in fake blood as Halloween got into full swing.
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In London's West End drinkers stood shoulder to shoulder in a variety of fancy dress costumes, including one family with a toddler dressed as dinosaurs.
While in Birmingham, bunny girls happily posed for the cameras, while a group of men in lederhosen were escorted by scantily clad women dressed as police officers.
In contrast, Mr Johnson cut a sombre figure as he told the Saturday night press conference locking down the country was the last thing he wanted to do. Yet the scientific evidence about the spread of infections meant there was no choice.
Nottingham revellers enjoy night out before Tier 3 lockdown restrictions kick in
The Government's chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance used slides to spell out how the NHS will be overrun by early December if the rise in cases and deaths aren't halted.
All that seemed to count for nothing though on the streets of London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle and Leeds as drunken revellers mixed freely, although some could be seen wearing masks and face coverings as protection.
From Thursday, all non-essential businesses must close for four weeks in the latest bid to curb growing Covid numbers.
Restaurants, bars and pubs must all shut, and Brits must stay at home apart from for essential outings.
Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms will be shut – and people will only be allowed to exercise outdoors.
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- Boris Johnson
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