Covid UK news – Millions face new tier 3 lockdown TODAY as Matt Hancock announces new locations for coronavirus rules

MILLIONS of Brits will today hear whether they will be plunged into a harsh tier 3 lockdown, or be freed from the most draconian measures.

Ministers and health bosses were locked in intense tiers discussions until late last night.

But a Whitehall insider told The Sun: “I would be surprised if any area goes down a tier. It would look very strange to loosen restrictions when everyone is so worried that the Christmas rules could fuel higher rates.”

The news comes as 11,000 positive Covid tests vanished from Welsh records due to a computer problem.

The issues – described as “staggering” by opposition MPs – means the number of infections for the week up to 15 December is likely to be double what was first thought as the numbers were never logged.

The problem is made even worse as the incorrect figures are likely to have influenced Wales’ decision to support a Christmas relaxation of covid rules.

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