Coronavirus LIVE updates: Tier 4 changes imminent as Hancock toughens rules but no Tier 5

Coronavirus: Spread of COVID-19 variants discussed by expert

Due to the mutant strain of the virus, cases have increased rapidly in England. 

Such is the speed of transmission of the new strain, case levels have reached levels not seen during the peak of the virus. 

Today, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock will update MPs on the situation and has revealed Tier 4 restrictions will be expanded to other areas of the country. 


Speaking today, Mr Hancock said: “Yes I am afraid I am going to have to, and I am going to set out those details to the House of Commons first.”

“We’re going to have to extend Tier 4 areas.”

He did insist, however, that there would be no new Tier 5 restrictions announced today. 

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It is feared if further restrictions are not brought in, the country could see thousands more deaths across the country. 

Experts are calling on the Government to stop the reopening of schools next week in order to stop the spread of the virus. 


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