Source: Labour List UK
Matt Hancock has announced that three quarters of England will be placed under Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions as he declared that “case rates are doubling fast” and warned of “significant pressures on the NHS”.
Giving a Covid update to the Commons this afternoon, the Health Secretary has confirmed that vast swathes of England will join those parts of the country already under the strictest restrictions in an effort to halt the surge in Covid cases.
He said: “We must act to suppress the virus now, not least because the new variant makes the time between now and then even more difficult. And so whilst we have the good news of the vaccine today, we also have to take some difficult decisions.”
Areas in the North, including Cumbria, Cheshire, Warrington, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen will be placed under Tier 4 along with large parts of the Midlands and the South West.
Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth told MPs he understood why the Health Secretary has taken steps to place more areas under stricter restrictions and said the Labour Party would vote for the Covid regulations in parliament later today.