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Coronavirus cases have risen 57 per cent in the last week, a worrying leap for the government during the festive season.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced the following areas have been escalated from 00.01 on Boxing Day (26th December).
Tier 4 means that all non-essential stores have to close, no household mixing is allowed indoors and that only one person may meet one person in an outdoor setting for exercise.
The areas join London and several other places in the South East of England that were plunged into lockdown once more on Sunday following the news of a mutant Covid-19 strain, which is thought to be more infectious, that has swept across the country.
The new restrictions are hoped to curb the spread of the new variant.
Mr. Hancock also announced immediate new rules for anyone who may have travelled back from South Africa.
South Africa has also discovered a new variant of coronavirus, which has thought to have mutated more and be even more contagious.
Travel to South Africa has been restricted, and all those who have recently returned from the area are now being asked to quarantine.
In more positive news, Mr. Hancock revealed that there were now 500 vaccination sites in order for people to receive doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has also released the final findings to the regulator, with hopes it can be distributed in the New Year.