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New Covid variant out of control in UK, warns Health Secretary
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New Covid variant out of control in UK, warns Health Secretary

    The new strain of COVID-19 is out of control and people need to behave as if they already have the virus, especially in the new Tier 4 areas of England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned. The five-day Christmas bubble period has been reduced to just Christmas Day for England, Wales and Scotland and scrapped completely for areas in England under new Tier 4 rules but remains in Northern Ireland. The fresh tough coronavirus measures which MPs will vote on in January affect those in London, most of the South East, and parts of eastern England. Mr Hancock said everybody was looking forward to Christmas, but the new infectious and rapid-spreading strain was out of control and the government had to act "quickly and decisively. He suggested the strengthened measure...