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BORIS Johnson has addressed the nation as hundreds of thousands extra plunge into Tier 4, colleges keep shut and UK sees virtually 1,000 extra deaths.
However what was the Prime Minister’s speech about?
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Boris Johnson’s announcement comes on the finish of a really busy information dayCredit score: EPA
What has Boris Johnson introduced?
Boris Johnson made an announcement at 5pm this afternoon.
He led the Downing Road press convention after a really busy day – which included the Brexit deal being voted on by MPs, the Oxford vaccine being permitted to be used, and the choice being made about reopening colleges.
The Prime Minister has welcomed the “excellent news” in regards to the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine within the UK.
He notes there’s a new prioritisation of first doses – with the second dose given 12 weeks later – which is able to defend “many extra folks” within the coming weeks.
Yesterday, a record 53,135 cases were recorded as hospital admissions go properly previous the April peak.
The Prime Minister has urged Brits to be accountable head of New Yr and keep at residence to assist an overwhelmed NHS and ease stress on hospitals throughout the nation.
The Prime Minister’s speech at 5pm adopted Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s announcement on schools in Tier 4 areas staying shut for a minimum of two further weeks.
The PM’s tackle to the nation additionally adopted Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s tier update, which has seen three-quarters of England going into Tier 4 lockdown on December 31.
What was introduced at the moment?
Mr Hancock confirmed hundreds of thousands extra Brits might be plunged into Tier 4 within the days to come back – due to the mutant virus which is spreading much more shortly throughout the nation.
Hundreds of thousands extra folks within the North West, Midlands and South West can be plunged into Tier 3 and 4 from tomorrow.
They are going to stay in place for a minimum of two weeks, with a evaluate to come back to see if it must be prolonged.
For these affected, Tier 4 will primarily be a return to the complete lockdown which led to England on December 2.
NEW YEAR, NEW TIER: Areas throughout England transferring to harder Tiers
To maneuver into Tier 4:
- Leicester Metropolis
- Leicestershire (Oadby and Wigston, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Blaby, Charnwood, North West Leicestershire, Melton)
- Lincolnshire (Metropolis of Lincoln, Boston, South Kesteven, West Lindsey, North Kesteven, South Holland, East Lindsey)
- Northamptonshire (Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough)
- Derby and Derbyshire (Derby, Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Erewash, Derbyshire Dales, Excessive Peak)
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (Gedling, Ashfield, Mansfield, Rushcliffe, Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, Broxtowe)
- Birmingham and Black Nation (Dudley, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton)
- Warwickshire (Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwick, North Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon)
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (East Staffordshire, Stafford, South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Staffordshire Moorlands, Newcastle below Lyme, Tamworth, Stoke-on-Trent)
- Lancashire (Burnley, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, Blackpool, Preston, Hyndburn, Chorley, Fylde, Lancaster, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre)
- Cheshire and Warrington (Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington)
- Cumbria (Eden, Carlisle, South Lakeland, Barrow-in-Furness, Copeland, Allerdale)
- Larger Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan)
- Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees )
- North East (County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside, Sunderland)
- Gloucestershire (Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Cotswolds, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cheltenham)
- Somerset Council (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, South Somerset)
- Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
- Isle of Wight
- New Forest
The next native authority areas will transfer to Tier 3:
- Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
- Worcestershire (Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest)
- Liverpool Metropolis Area (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens)
- York & North Yorkshire (Scarborough, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Selby, Craven, Ryedale, Harrogate, Metropolis of York)
- Bathtub and North East Somerset
- Devon, Plymouth, Torbay (East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon, Plymouth, Torbay)
The Training Secretary has set out the plans for kids returning to colleges in an announcement to the Home of Commons this afternoon.
Major and secondary colleges within the worst-hit areas will keep shut for a minimum of an additional two weeks.
Gavin Williamson confirmed that colleges within the hardest-hit Covid areas will stay closed due to spiralling instances – apart from susceptible children and youngsters of key employees.
The complete record of areas the place colleges will stay shut till a minimum of January 18 has not but been revealed – however will embody Tier 4 hotspots with the worst an infection charges.
Solely key employee children, susceptible college students and particular others will return as deliberate.
This consists of elements – however not all – of London, Kent, Hertfordshire and Essex and the plans might be reviewed in two weeks.
Anticipated return dates for colleges
January 4: All major colleges will return as deliberate – apart from Covid hotspot areas which is able to stay closed
January 11: Secondary faculty children set to take a seat key exams this 12 months
January 18: All secondary faculty children – apart from Covid hotspot areas which might be reviewed repeatedly
Major colleges within the Tier 4 hotspots might be allowed to absorb the youngsters of key employees nonetheless.
Elsewhere throughout England – in Tiers 1, 2 and three and a few lesser-hit Tier 4 areas – major colleges will return on January 4 as deliberate.
And secondary faculty Years 11 and 13 – these going through important exams – will return on January 11, earlier than the remaining return on January 18.
The bulletins come after the good news this morning that the Oxford vaccine – which the UK has 100 million doses of – has been approved for use.