The government urged not to move areas from level 3 too early
Britain has been urged to cut back on its Christmas festivities as health officials have warned the government not to move areas out of Level 3 measures “prematurely”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to announce the results of his review of the tier system today, with reports suggesting the number of people living under the tightest restrictions across the country could rise.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted he did not want to ‘cancel’ Christmas, but said people should prepare for a ‘smaller and safer’ festive period amid fears about the spread of the coronavirus.
Confirming that the so-called ‘Christmas window’ allowing three households to come together between December 23 and December 27 would continue, Mr Johnson said people would be left to individual judgments on whether the celebrations Christmas gifts were worth the risk, with warnings to avoid aging parents. and a recommendation to isolate beforehand.
The latest data shows that 255 (81%) of the 315 local areas in England have seen an increase in case rates and 60 (19%) have seen a decrease.
The government said another 612 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK on Wednesday, while another 25,161 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases were reported.
More than 34 million people, or 61% of England’s population, are currently living under the strictest Covid measures after London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire moved to Level 3 on Wednesday.