Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Thursday in a statement that coronavirus is “deadly and is spreading exponentially in the UK.”
He said the coronavirus situation is “severe” across parts of the UK and they are building a “detailed picture of where and how this virus is spreading.”
The government are still in “ongoing discussions” over whether or not to move some areas in England from tier 2 to tier 3 which means the virus is “very high” risk. As yet “no decisions have yet been made.”
Hancock told MPs that Londoners “if we work together, we can defeat this” virus.
MPs were told that Essex and Elmbridge will move into tier 2, and warned that cases have doubled in less than a fortnight in Barrow and Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield therefore these areas will also enter into tier 2.
Under tier 2 measures, mixing of households indoors not allowed, and the rule of six applies to private gardens and outdoor spaces – social distancing rules also apply.
Pubs and restaurants will remain open for now, but no mixing of households inside and 10pm curfew remains in place