THIRD Covid-induced national exclusion ‘likely’ in January, SAGE expert says as 44 million people in England wake up to Tier 4 – RT UK News

A scientist advising the UK government has warned that another national exclusion may be around the corner as the new virus variant increases nationwide and numbers continue to rise in Britain.

Mike Tildesley, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), said on Thursday morning that BBC Radio said more of the country should be in Tier 4, the level with the toughest regional measures, or a total national restriction. .

‘Cases are increasing in a very worrying way, so I suspect we will unfortunately see a further upward constraint, probably that more of the country is in Tier 4 or eventually a national exclusion before we get to the end of January. , ” he said.

Tildesley’s predictions come as another 20 million people wake up under Tier 4 measures after Health Secretary Matt Hancock decided to extend the strictest restrictions to three-quarters of the population.

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Hancock’s announcement on Wednesday means that only the Isles of Scilly, a picturesque archipelago off Cornwall, are not subject to Tier 3 or Tier 4 measures and that it is the only place in the whole of England where pubs are open.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke of his “Bitter spit” but said the country is being forced to take further action.

The UK announced on Wednesday that the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca has been approved and that the rollout will start on 4 January.

The good news has been tempered by rising infection rates across the country, as a new virus variant, found across the UK, is “56% more transferable,” according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

On Wednesday, health authorities registered 50,023 new infections and 981 deaths.

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