New strain of COVID already spread to other areas of the UK expert warns

The toughening of coronavirus restrictions could possibly happen today (Saturday) after alarming new evidence on a mutant strain of the virus was handed to Downing Street.

New evidence on mutant coronavirus strain could lead to tougher restrictions: An unscheduled meeting of senior ministers was called last night to decide how to handle the variant strain, which is largely confined to London and the South East of England. Under discussions are tougher travel restrictions with the suggestion by one source that travel may be disrupted from the South East to other areas of the country.

The alternative would be to stop people travelling into London from the home counties. On Thursday nearly all of the South East was placed into Tier 3 however ministers are so concerned with the latest evidence that they may have to act immediately. Government scientists have already declared that the new strain is far more virilant than the original.

One scientific source said “The evidence that the new strain of the virus more easily transmits from one person to another has hardened up.” Whitehall sources refused to rule out a press meeting today to announce additional new restrictions. Although the Prime Minister is adamant that he will not change the festive period rules for families to mix he has advised people to keep their “bubbles” as small as possible.


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