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Day: December 14, 2020

London may face harsher lockdown if new restrictions don’t work
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London may face harsher lockdown if new restrictions don’t work

    Hopes of normal family gatherings over Christmas have been thrown into doubt by health secretary Matt Hancock, who said he could not rule out further action after plunging millions of people in London and the southeast into the toughest tier 3 restrictions. Chief medical officer Chris Whitty appealed for families to have a minimalist Christmas, warning that even a modest relaxation of social distancing rules over the festive period will put upward pressure on the virus and increase pressure on the NHS as it enters the busy winter months. The warnings came as Mr Hancock revealed the discovery of a new variant of the Covid-19 virus, which he told MPs may be associated with the faster spread in the south-east of England where infections have spiked fast in recent days....