Millions more parties in England will be living in the highest Tier 3 areas of coronavirus restraints, following a sharp-witted new rise in the number of infections.

The whole of Greater London along with parts of Essex and Hertfordshire are to enter Tier 3.

It means that 34 million people in England will be bound by the toughest settled — which proscription all socialising indoors except between members of a household and any assist bubble.

Bars, pubs and eateries will have to close, although they can provide takeaways and deliveries.

Ministers also revealed that a new mutated variant of the virus has been considered to be in the UK, which may be causing higher rates of infection. However experts “says hes” speculate the brand-new vaccine is effective against it.

London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is imploring the government to advise secondary schools and colleges to close early ahead of Christmas, unless students can experience mass testing.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health journalist Hugh Pym, education writer Branwen Jeffreys, and political match Vicki Young.

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