MILLIONS more Brits have been plunged into harsh Tier 4 lockdowns starting from midnight tonight, Matt Hancock has announced.
The Health Secretary has just finished speaking in the House of Commons, announcing which areas will be put into tier 4 – a near-lockdown scenario with shops, indoor activities, gyms and hairdressers shut to stop Covid.
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Two thirds of the country will find themselves living under the harsh Tier 4 from tomorrow after Covid cases soared by 47,000 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.
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