Coronavirus UK: Millions could live under ‘Level 4’ after Christmas

The ‘Tire Four’ restricted travel, closed non-essential shops and closed schools for another week (Figure: PA; Getty)

Ministers are currently considering a new crackdown that could lead to millions of new ‘Tier Four’ restrictions being lifted after Christmas.

After the five-day holiday season, the government is fighting to keep coronavirus cases low, prompting orders to ‘stay at home’ as infection rates are high in some parts of England.

Schools could be closed for an extra week and unnecessarily essential stores could be closed. Of the three concerns, the ban is not strong enough to control the virus.

A Whitehall official told The Times: ‘There is a case for going beyond three levels and it is getting stronger.

‘[That could mean] Non-essential retail off, order sitting at home. Need to actively consider in conversations with local authorities. ‘

More than two-thirds of England’s population will live within three-tier restrictions from Saturday after Matt Hancock’s new detention was announced on Saturday.

The health secretary told lawmakers he regretted the ban, but “there is a strong view across the government that these measures are necessary.”

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAG) warned in November that a fourth level could be needed if the three-bi system did not work.

Primark had to close its doors again on November 5, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, when all the non-essential stores were closed.  The new national lockdown is a huge blow to the economy and to individual businesses, which were already struggling with only limited services.  (Photo courtesy of Mike Kemp / Gate)

Non-essential shops may be asked to close doors again under the fourth level (Photo: Getty Images via photo)

Passengers traveling on the Jubilee Line underground train during the morning rush hour in London, which has gone to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions as a result of increased case rates.  PA pictures.  Photo Date: Thursday 17 December, 2020 Photo Photo Credit: UE Mock / PA Her

Some areas of England may be subject to a ‘stay home’ order after Christmas (Photo: PA)

A statement reads: ‘There is a particular issue of uncertainty about the impact of the levels, especially Tier 3.

‘Tests and traces, including mass tests, are most effective when the magnitude is low.

Even the most effective tests and trace systems will have very little effect if the caseloads are high.

‘The effect of levels can vary depending on the characteristics of different regions, a“ Tier 4 ”should be considered for parts of the country where Tier 3 epidemics are not able to shrink.

‘This is especially important for the winter festive period when considering relaxation in action.

“It’s very important to keep events flat or reduce them now and then.”

Discussions have started around possible levels after Boris Johnson denied the ‘cancellation of Christmas’, with the Prime Minister confirming that the three families will still be able to form a bubble from 23 to 22 December.

LONDON, England - December 1 :: In London, England, before Christmas Day on December 17, 2011, customers visited the Mountain Shops on Oxford Street on Saturday.  Retail analysts predict that spending on high street gift purchases will exceed 1 billion GBP today, making it the busiest day of the year.  (Photo by Oli Scarf / Getty Images)

People crowd Oxford Street shops in London, England, on Saturday, December 1, 2011 before Christmas Day (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

The Tory leader called on the public to keep the festivities “short” and “short” as leaders warned that his decision would result in “many lives”.

Wales are set to go into another lockdown on 26 December, with Northern Ireland backing a six-week shutdown plan on Boxing Day last night.

Scottish leaders have acknowledged more stringent restrictions after Christmas – including lockdowns – which is a ‘possibility’.

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