A Whitehall source has said current Tier 4 Covid-19 rules don’t appear to be working and the Government’s scientific advisers have reportedly urged Boris Johnson to keep schools shut amid concerns over a mutant variant of the virus
A “Tier 5” coronavirus lockdown with even harsher restrictions than November’s circuit-breaker could be imposed in England in the new year, it is claimed.
The Government’s scientific advisers have reportedly urged Boris Johnson to keep secondary schools closed in January to curb the spread of Covid-19 as cases soar thanks to a new and more infectious variant.
There is no suggestion a fifth tier would officially be created if tighter restrictions are imposed, but measures proposed by scientists go further than the current ones under Tier 4.
In addition to keeping secondary schools closed, Government scientists have told the Prime Minister to potentially order a stricter national lockdown than the one in November to prevent the crisis from spiralling further out of control, it is reported.