Covid: More of England could move into tier 4 from Boxing Day, says minister

Robert Jenrick says government to meet to discuss measures to combat ‘very worrying’ new strain

The communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, has suggested more areas of England will be placed under tier 4 coronavirus restrictions as soon as Boxing Day to combat the “very worrying” hyper-infectious variant of Covid-19.

Jenrick said the government’s Covid-O operations committee would meet on Wednesday morning and that a decision on further action would be announced “as soon as we can”.

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