Dadsnet understands Boris Johnson will announce new restrictions for London and the South East with further measures around Christmas.
The PM has been holding talks with his Cabinet amid warnings from scientists over the new strain of COVID-19 and surging infections.
The prime minister hosted a cabinet call and will hold a news conference at 4pm with England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and the chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, Downing Street has said.
Apparently, the PM is expected to announce a new set of measures for London and the South East with those regions being put into a new Tier 4, with further restrictions around Christmas.
Government advisers have warned ministers they believe the new variant of COVID-19 spreads more quickly than previous strains, and that relaxations in public attitudes risk offsetting the benefits of the vaccination rollout over the course of the coming months.
The new variant is believed to be fuelling the increase in coronavirus cases across the South East.null
Professor Whitty said on Saturday the UK has informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the new variant coronavirus can spread more rapidly.
“There is no current evidence to suggest the new strain causes a higher mortality rate or that it affects vaccines and treatments, although urgent work is under way to confirm this,” he said in a statement.
Tune in at 4pm for further details but it’s likely to mean:
Schools closed after the holidays, shops shutting, hair dressers closing and more.