Millions more join tier 4 Covid restrictions in England from Boxing Day

Oxfordshire, most of Hampshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, West Sussex and whole of East Sussex join strictest tier

Millions more people in England are to be plunged into the toughest tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day, it has been confirmed, as the government grapples to contain the “dangerous” spread of the new Covid variant.

After ministers met on Wednesday morning to hammer out plans to combat the rising number of infections, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, announced that a series of locations in tier 2 – including Oxfordshire, most of Hampshire, West Sussex, the whole of East Sussex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire – would be placed under the toughest curbs on Saturday. Parts of Essex not already in tier 4 and Waverley, in Surrey, will join them.

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