Three-tier lockdown in England could last until ‘after Christmas’

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England’s incoming three-tier lockdown could last until after Christmas, a government minister has said.

Prime minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the new coronavirus restrictions for England on Monday.

He will give a speech to MPs in the House of Commons later this afternoon before addressing the nation about the changes this evening, amid questions over whether the plan can drive down infections.

On Monday, culture secretary Oliver Dowden warned the new restrictions may be needed until into the new year.

“If those measures are successful we hope to be able to take areas out of those high levels of restrictions,” he told Sky News.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden says the new three-tier lockdown system could remain in place until into 2021. (Sky News)
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden says the new three-tier lockdown system could remain in place until into 2021. (Sky News)

“The purpose of doing this is to ensure we get the virus under control so by the

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