Three-quarters of English population being placed under Tier 4 restrictions as UK health secretary extends Covid-19 curbs

Britain’s health secretary has announced that an additional 20 million people in England will be subjected to Tier 4 restrictions as a new and highly contagious virus strain spreads throughout the UK.

Speaking to Parliament on Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rising Covid-19 cases numbers and hospitalisations “demonstrate the need to act where the virus is spreading.” 

Hancock announced that it had become necessary to expand the Tier 4 measures to a wider area, including the remaining parts of the South East of England, as well as large parts of the Midlands, north-east and south-west of the country. Tier 4 is the UK’s highest alert level for the pandemic and it means people should stay at home “unless you have a reasonable excuse.” 

Liverpool and North Yorkshire, among other areas, will also move up to Tier 3. The changes will be effective as of 00:01 local time on Thursday.

As a result of the tier changes, a total of 44 million people will now be subjected to the toughest restrictions, equal to three-quarters of England’s population….

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