The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed on Wednesday that parts of England will be placed into Tier 4 measures.
Despite England experiencing a surge in infections Hancock confirmed that he will not implement Tier 5 restrictions just yet.
Speaking to LBC radio, he said, “I’m not announcing anything above Tier 4 today,” when asked if he will introduce the new Tier.
Hancock added, “And we need to see in Tier 4 areas not just rules, but people taking that responsibility as they did in the first and second national lockdown to keep the rates under control.”
The Health Secretary was asked by Andrew Castle if if he will expand Tier 4 in more areas, he replied, “yes.
“Because in the short term in the here and now we’ve got to keep this virus under control, and the strategy all along has been to suppress the virus until the vaccine can make us safe, and the vaccine making us safe bit has just gone a whole lot easier.”
He added, “But the new variant, especially but not only in London and the South East, is making the suppression of the virus part of the strategy harder as well.
“I know that people understand this, I know that these decisions aren’t easy and they have a big disruptive impact on peoples lives, but I know people understand why we have to do it, especially with the vaccine around the corner.”