Matt Hancock to hold last-minute briefing as Christmas plans hang in balance

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon as the nation's Christmas plans hang in the balance.

Mr Hancock is expected to update the country on efforts to contain Covid as a new strain ravages the country as scientists demand urgent clampdowns to contain it.

A Health Official said: “Ministers have met today to assess what further action may be needed to address the rise in cases driven by the new variant.

“The Health Secretary will provide an update at a Downing Street press conference at 3pm.”

A Sage scientist warned on Tuesday that the UK is heading towards a "human disaster" unless there's a full New Year lockdown with Tier 4 everywhere.

And it has also been rumoured that plans are in place to plunge large parts of England into Tier 4 from as early as Boxing Day.

Speaking on Wednesday morning, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News that Christmas could be under threat – saying he “won’t hesitate” to change the rules again.

He warned just after 7am: “We’re asking people outside Tier 4 areas to exercise great care – only to come together with a small number of people and only for Christmas Day.

“If we need to change that in light of the new variant, then we won’t hesitate to do so.”

But just after 8am he appeared to contradict himself, telling the BBC: "We're not going to change people's plans 24, 48 hours ahead of Christmas."

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  • Coronavirus
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