Tier 5 warning: Boris Johnson warns UK could face even TOUGHER measures as cases soar

Coronavirus variant: Expert outlines details of new strain

It comes after a new variant of COVID-19, which is said to be 70 percent more infectious than previous strains, has already spread around the UK, with cases identified in Wales and Scotland. Speaking on BBC Andrew Marr, Mr Johnson said: “It may well be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that will be tougher in some parts of the country… I am reconciled to that and I think people around the country are reconciled to that too.”

It comes after Express.co.uk exclusively revealed Government officials had concerns about the current tier system which had not been “robust enough” to deal with the increasing spread of COVID-19. 

The new measures, Express.co.uk understands, could closely resemble the national lockdown in March with the strict “Stay at Home” message strengthened.

As well as this, other locations including Birmingham are expected to be moved up the ranks into Tier 4 and lower-ranking areas could be moved into Tier 3.

A senior Whitehall source told Express.co.uk: “We are ruling nothing out, the new strain is of serious concern.

“Tier 4 appears to not be strong enough.”


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