Two-thirds of England face tier 4 restrictions
Whitehall sources have told the Telegraph that up to two thirds of England could be moved into tier 4 restrictions when area banding is reviewed tomorrow. A health official said: “Coronavirus cases are rising across the country fuelled by the new variant, which has spread far beyond London and the South East. I would expect more than half of England to move into tier 4, but it wouldn’t surprise me if two thirds end up in the top tier. There is also real concern about the South African variant which seems to be spreading fast. Unfortunately, more action is needed to combat rising cases across the board”. Meanwhile, Times analysis shows that large areas of the country have passed their previous peak number of hospitalised Covid patients. Hospitals in the Midlands, the North East and Yorkshire are close to having more patients occupying beds than at the height of the first wave.
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