Millions of Brits could find themselves under even harsher Covid rules by the end of this month over fears Tier 4 is not slowing down the spread of Covid-19, experts have warned
Earlier this week, Brits already living in Tier 4 were warned by government sources that they were facing ramped-up restrictions that would essentially form a new "Tier 5" lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of the new mutant coronavirus strain..
And now it appears a number of experts are predicting the same thing – with many expecting a "Tier 5" level of greater restrictions for anyone who was moved into Tier 4 when those restrictions were first brought in.
That would mean it was mainly London and the south east of England that found themselves under any newly-introduced restrictions.
It is unclear whether or not this new level of greater lockdowns would be called Tier 5, however.
Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease specialist at the University of East Anglia, told the Mail Online that he expected any new harsher lockdown to be centred on London.
He said: "Whether it's the capital as a whole or particular local authorities within that, I'm not sure how they'll do it, but I expect it would be difficult to put some authorities in and leave others out."
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While Dr Simon Clarke, an associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, added: "I really do think it's going to be London and parts of the South East.
"They've been in Tier 4 the longest and it doesn't appear to be having any effect."
But if parts of the UK were indeed to enter an unprecedented new phase of social distancing laws, what would they look like?
It has been reported that they would be harsher than the month-long November circuit-breaker lockdown, which saw pubs and non-essential retail close but schools and food shops stay open.
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