Gemma Collins hits McDonald's and says she's 'panic eating' after shock Essex lockdown news

GEMMA Collins has admitted that news of the new lockdown rules in Essex have driven her to panic eat McDonald's chicken nuggets.

The 39-year-old took to her Instagram Stories today to check-in with her two million followers after new lockdown measures were announced in London and Essex.

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While asking her fans how they are doing, she admitted that the stress of the new rules in her native Essex caused her to visit a McDonald's.

Showing her order of chicken nuggets and chips, the TV star said: "Guys, I've not been on the 'gram much lately personally…

"But the stress of the new announcement I've had to get McDonald's… so it's drove me to have chicken nuggets and chips – panic eating."

Continuing to show her order, The GC could be heard saying: "Guys I hope you're all having a good day, I just wanted to share how I was feeling
it's better to share and I love you all.

"Let's just do what we need to be doing," she urged. "Hopefully these chicken nuggets will get me over the shock".

Earlier today, it was announced that Londoners will be plunged into Tier 2 lockdown from midnight tomorrow with a ban on household mixing.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the threat from the bug in the capital was "grave and serious" as he announced the decision in the Commons.

Other areas moving into Tier 2 include Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield.

Both Manchester and Lancashire are also poised to be forced into Tier 3 lockdown rules later today.

Mr Hancock said this morning: "In London, infection rates are on a steep upward path with cases doubling every 10 days.

"We know from the first peak the infection can spread fast and put pressures on the NHS."

He added that he wants "the time London is in Tier 2 to be as short as possible" and ministers were already readying exit plans for the restrictions.

It means people will be told they can't mix with anyone from another household indoors, but can meet up in beer gardens and private gardens, where the national rule of six applies.

Londoners will also be told to avoid public transport. Schools, universities and places of worship are allowed to remain open, as well as offices and business venues. All measures are subject to a review every 4 weeks.

The Health Secretary stressed that following a localised approach was critical to avoid "greater economic damage in the future".

As many as 12 of the capital's boroughs above the threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 people.  

The new restrictions will mean half the country is under tougher lockdown rules, with 26.7 million people and 1.6 million people in Liverpool under drastic Tier 3 measures.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said this morning: "The virus is spreading rapidly in every corner of our city.  

"Hospital admissions are up, more patients are going into intensive care units, and sadly the number of Londoners dying is increasing again."

Mr Khan also repeated his demands for a national "circuit breaker" lockdown after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the punishing measures would be the only way to stop the spread.

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