It looks like the whole of England will go into a third lockdown from Boxing Day as the mutant Covid strain continues to cause rising case numbers.
The Government held a meeting today (Tuesday, December 22) to consider a nationwide lockdown from December 26, reports the Mirror exclusively.
This Gold Command meeting also discussed putting Birmingham into Tier 4 before Christmas as cases surge in the city.
One source in the meeting said: “The situation is developing quickly so we need to respond at the same pace.
“It’s more likely that other parts of England could be put into Tier 4 from Boxing Day.”
Gold Command meetings see top health officials, politicians and local leaders come together to consider how to deal with the virus in certain areas.
Apparently the move to put Birmingham into Tier 4 will be delayed for now but an announcement on a third lockdown, which would come into place immediately after Christmas, could be made as soon as tomorrow (Wednesday December 23).
The lockdown could come in as soon as Boxing Day, though many in government are reportedly pushing for it to happen a few days after to avoid travel chaos.
Originally a tier review had been planned for December 30, but fears the mutant strain of Covid has spread means it could be brought forwards.
City Hall has released the most up to date figures which show from December 9 to 15, 41,936 people tested positive in London at a rate of 468 cases per 100,000 population.
The weekly stats compares with 20,212 cases and a rate of 226 per 100,000 people for the previous week (December 2 – 8) – so it more than doubled.
London was placed into the new Tier 4 over the weekend along with parts of the South East such as Kent, Essex and Surrey.
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