Boris Johnson, the prime minister, is expected to announce a further tightening of the coronavirus restrictions – introducing a new, Tier 4 for London and the South East.
Reports suggest that a ‘stay at home’ message will be introduced for affected areas this afternoon. The prime minister is set to announce the changes to the planned Christmas easing of Covid-19 rules at a 4pm press conference.
There is also expected to be a tightening of the ‘household bubbles’ plan, the BBC said, with fears growing about a new variant of the virus that has sent cases spiralling across London and the South East.
It’s fair to say the news of the government’s latest U-turn has not gone down well…
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