UK Facing ‘High Chance’ of Full Lockdown in New Year as Mutant COVID Strain ‘Bleeds’ Across Tiers

Britain recorded 691 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday – the second highest daily toll since May, as the pandemic is further compounded by the discovery of a new highly contagious virus strain in the country, leading Downing Street to impose a strict lockdown on London and nearby areas while around 40 countries have restricted flights from the UK.

Cabinet ministers are considering applying the toughest coronavirus conditions to more areas of the UK as soon as 26 December, reports The Times.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously skirted the issue of whether the next review date for the COVID-19 alert level tiers could be brought forward from 30 December as he addressed reporters at a press conference on 21 December. However, on Wednesday, government ministers are expected to agree upon which areas may need further controls to curb the spread of the respiratory disease, according to sources cited by the outlet.

Decisions to move areas from Tier 3 to Tier 4 were expected to be taken at a meeting of the “Covid-O” cabinet sub-committee, to enable them to be implemented during the coming weekend.

Areas believed to be facing impending harsher restrictions are West Sussex and the remaining parts of East Sussex that have so far escaped being designated Tier 4, the highest category.

Suggested to be similarly under threat are parts of the North and Midlands such as Rugby, Burnley, Lincoln and Stoke-on-Trent.

Furthermore, Whitehall sources were cited by The Telegraph as…

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