THE Health Secretary told Brits in Tier 4 to “act as if you have the virus” after Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas for millions in the South East.
Matt Hancock said the tighter restrictions may have to be in force for the “next couple of months” to tackle the “enormous challenge” of the mutant Covid strain.
He also said that everybody in a Tier 4 area should “act as if you have the virus to stop spreading it to other people.”
The warning comes after thousands defied the Government and fled the capital last night.
Those living in London, the South East and East were plunged into a new Tier 4 at midnight last night in an eleventh-hour U-turn.
The decision was made after it was revealed a new strain of Covid-19 ripping through large parts of the South was 70 per cent more contagious.
It’s thought the new strain – called VUI202012/01 – emerged in London and the South East as early as September, Sir Patrick Vallance said at a Downing Street briefing.
Overall Covid cases have more than doubled, as data shows a sharp increase in hospital admissions across London and the South.
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