Coronavirus UK news – Millions MORE Brits forced into tier 4 lockdowns today after brutal covid surge & hospitals crisis

MILLIONS more Brits will be plunged into harsh Tier 4 lockdowns today as Matt Hancock warned we “have to take further action”.

The Health Secretary will appear in the House of Commons later today to tell MPs which areas will be put into tier 4 – a near-lockdown scenario with shops, indoor activities, gyms and hairdressers shut to stop Covid.

Up to two THIRDS of the country may be put in Tier 4 after Covid cases rocketed yesterday – the highest daily rise since mass testing began.

The news comes as patients were treated in the back of ambulances and hospitals planned to set-up outdoor tents normally reserved for terror attacks after becoming overwhelmed by as coronavirus.

A major incident has been declared in Essex as Covid continues its deadly spread – with the frontline workers facing “heartbreaking” unprecedented pressure in the battle against the bug.

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