Newark and Sherwood: Another national lockdown may be announced as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns more areas could move into Tier 4 this week
Another national lockdown may be announced as the Prime Minister warns more areas could move into Tier 4 this week.
This morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock did not rule out a national lockdown when asked what steps the government would take to curb the spread of coronavirus.
He told Sky News some areas in Tier 3 were seeing sharp rises in coronavirus cases, suggesting these parts could be placed in Tier 4 in the near future.
Mr Hancock said: "This new variant is much easier to catch, it is much more transmissible, and we're now seeing the effect of that in lots of different parts of the country, unfortunately.
"And it means that whereas the old Tier 3 was able to contain the old variant, that is proving increasingly difficult in all parts of the country."
Asked if Tier 4 restrictions worked in keeping the virus under control, he said: "It is down to people's behaviour, frankly. What matters is, yes of course, the rules that we put in place, but it is also about how people act.
"And frankly what I would say is this: it is critical that everybody in the country does all that they can to reduce the spread of the virus."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC on Sunday: "It may be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that may be tougher. I'm fully reconciled to that. I think the whole country is fully reconciled to that."
Following the emergence of new variants of covid-19, daily coronavirus cases have persistently surpassed 50,000. Because of this, Labour leader Kier Starmer has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose a November-style national lockdown within 24 hours.