Everything you need to know about Matt Hancock’s tier announcement today
Parts of the south of England, including London and Essex, have already been escalated from Tier 2 to Tier 3.
But after a review of the coronavirus restrictions was taken on December 16, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to reveal which tier each part of England will be in for Christmas.
On December 2, England came out of national lockdown and the tier system was launched.
But just a couple of places were in the lowest Tier 1 category, while most of the country was either in Tier 2 or Tier 3.
The government review the tier system every two weeks, which means the government is expected to announce changes today, December 17.
What time is the tier announcement?
Matt Hancock will make his statement on the coronavirus tiers at 11.30am today.
Officials met to discuss which regions will be moving through the tier system yesterday, December 16.
The Health Secretary will inform MPs in Parliament or via press conference from No 10.
What will Matt Hancock say?
Mr Hancock will inform the nation of which regions will be in which tiers.
Not many are expected to be downgraded from Tier 3 to Tier 2, but parts of the country could face tougher restrictions.
Any changes will come into force from 12.-1am on Saturday, December 19.
However, they will only be in place for four days until the Christmas bubble kicks in on December 23.
The tier system will then return on December 28, when the five-day festive bubble comes to an end.
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The tiers are decided based on five key factors, which are:
- Analysis of cases across all age groups
- Analysis of cases specifically among the over-60s
- Rate by which cases are rising or falling
- Percentage of those tested in local populations who are found to have Covid (e.g. cases per 100,000)
- Current and projected pressures on the NHS
Mr Hancock has already revealed that hospitals face increased pressure due to a new variant of Covid-19 on Monday.
The areas which have seen the biggest surge, including London, have already been escalated from Tier 2 to Tier 3.
Regions will not have the chance to move on the scale before New Year on December 30.
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