A greater amount of England is set for Tier 4 as ahead of schedule as Boxing Day after the new Covid strain spread “all over the place”. Ministers and medics met on Tuesday night following the discovery of the Covid mutant strain in parts of the South West, the Midlands and the North, all currently in Tier 2 or 3 regions.
As concerns develop at the fast spread of another variation the nation over. Boris Johnson is surrendered to moving more parts of England into the hardest tier 4 level of coronavirus restrictions.
“It’s more likely that other parts of England could be put into Tier 4 from Boxing Day”.
After the latest daily infection figures released on Tuesday showed 36,804 individuals had tested positive for coronavirus, pressure on Mr Johnson to act escalated. It is the highest number reported since the start of the pandemic, leading to more rigorous monitoring than earlier in the year, with more cases being picked up in the second wave.
Home Secretary Priti Patel pointed out earlier on Tuesday that the government will be prepared to introduce tougher measures. “If the virus continues to spread then we will take stronger measures because at the end of the day our objective is to save lives and to keep people safe,” she told Sky News.
“The evidence on this virus is that it spreads easily, it’s more transmissible, we absolutely need to make sure we have the right level of restrictions in place,” Sir Patrick said.
“I think it is a case that this will spread more.”I believe it is a case for this to spread further.
He said it was “everywhere” already, as data shows that the strain accounts for about 30 percent of England’s new cases.
On Sunday, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock cautioned that the new strain was “out of control” while indicating that tighter restrictions would be required before spring to contain it.
On Sunday morning, some 18 million people in London and the South East were plunged into Tier 4, provided the “s”
“I think it is likely that this will grow in numbers of the variant across the country and I think it’s likely, therefore, that measures will need to be increased in some places, in due course, not reduced.
Areas that are in tier 4
Surrey (excluding Waverley)
The boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings
All 32 London boroughs and the city of London.
Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough
Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring).