Comments from Health Secretary Matt Hancock

  • Says South African variant is even more transmissible that UK variant
  • Covid cases have risen 57% in the past week
  • "Tier 3 is not enough to control the new variant. This is not a hypothesis, this is a fact.
  • "It is therefore necessary to put more of the East and South East of England into Tier 4"
  • anyone in the UK who has been in South Africa in the last fortnight and anyone who has been a close contact of someone who's been in South Africa in the past two weeks "must quarantine immediately"

The two variants share a mutation in the same area. There are also anecdotal reports that more young people have been getting sick in South Africa.

Comments from Health Secretary Matt HancockCovid cases have risen

The following areas in the UK are entering Tier 4:

  • Sussex
  • Oxfordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Norfolk
  • Cambridge
  • Essex
  • Waverley in Surrey
  • Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton

That puts more than 40% of the population of the UK in Tier 4.