LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will review whether it needs to impose its strict COVID-19 restrictions nationwide on Wednesday as the worst infections continue to spread but will not change Christmas rules, the minister said.
Britain reported a record number of new infections on Tuesday as a genetically modified coronavirus infection, which could reach 70% more than the first, leading to an increase in the number of cases and hospital admissions.
On Saturday, strict measures were taken to limit social mixing in London, southeastern England and Wales while plans to reduce Christmas borders around the country were severely curtailed or completely destroyed.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the government’s COVID working committee led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson would meet on Wednesday to decide whether further action was needed.
“I can’t judge that. But we will look at the number of cases in all parts of the country. And most importantly, do something different, ”he told BBC TV.
Jenrick said there was “no plan at all” to change the rules that allow three homes to meet on Christmas Day for people in England who do not live in areas bordered by Tier 4 – Britain’s capital and surrounding area.
However, when asked if further action would be taken the day after Christmas on December 26, he said: “We do not have a quick plan to take action but the number of cases is increasing and the difference is spreading in some parts of the country.
“Therefore, we will see if it is necessary to do more, and make sure that the integrated system is strong enough in the new environment.”