England has been put on notice for a New Year lockdown amid warnings the new mutant strain of coronavirus had spread across the country.
An announcement that large areas of England will join London and parts of southeast England in tier four is expected on December 30, when the next review of the tier system is due.
The clampdown is expected to come into force in the New Year.
It comes after the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned on Monday that tougher restrictions will be needed to combat the new variant of coronavirus now spreading across the UK.
‘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,’ Sir Patrick said. More scientists have now joined calls for stricter measures, warning the alternative could be a ‘human disaster’.
Sources close to Whitehall have revealed that government ministers have been prepared for the December 30th announcement.
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