MORE areas of England are expected to go into Tier 4 imminently -joining London and the south east in the nation's toughest lockdown measures.
ON December 20, the prime minister imposed lockdown across large swathes of the country. But what will Matt Hancock say when he makes a Tier 4 announcement to parliament today (23 December 2020)?
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What time is the Tier 4 lockdown announcement today?
MATT Hancock will give a speech to the House of Commons today (Wednesday, December 23, 2020).
Mr Hancock is expected to address MPs at 3pm.
It will be followed by Downing Street press conference later in the day.
The Health Secretary will update the country and MPs on the latest developments about the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.
What is expected to be announced?
An announcement on which areas face going into Tier 4 is expected today – with the measures to kick in immediately after Christmas.
The Tier review was due to be reviewed on December 30, but fears the mutant strain is now “everywhere” meant it was brought forward.
The Sun understands a "Gold Command" meeting of public health chiefs and ministers was meeting last night to sign off expanding the hardest lockdown measures beyond London and the South East.
Health sources said it would not affect all of England "but there are many areas that need tougher measures and are seeing dramatic cases numbers."
According to The Mirror, officials discussed plans to put Birmingham, which is currently in Tier 3, into Tier 4 before Christmas – meaning households in the region would no longer be able to mix on December 25.
Boris Johnson has battled to save his “festive bubbles” plan to allow families and friends to mix on Christmas Day itself, but medics have warned cases will soar because of it and tougher measures will be needed.
Yesterday the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned: “I think it’s likely that measures will need to be increased in some places, in due course, not reduced.”
And a government source said that “things are moving very quickly."
How can I watch the Tier 4 announcement?
You can watch Mr Hancock's statement to the Commons on BBC Parliamentfrom 3pm, or through parliament.tv if online.
Meanwhile the Downing Street press conference will air on most TV news channels including BBC News.
Downing Street will also broadcast the conference live YouTube channel
If you missed the live broadcast then catch up later via BBC iPlayer.
You can also follow our coronavirus live blog for all the latest updates before, during and after the speeches.
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