January 23, 2021

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Matt Hancock confirms that there is no Level 5 announcement or national lockdown today

Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday that the UK will not indulge again in a national lockdown – following a tougher level 5 exclusion.

Just a day after Independent SAGE announced that Level 4 restrictions in England were not stringent enough to control mutations Covid-19 Dynasty, Hancock assured that more areas of England would be plunged into tighter restrictions.

After records of daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, the health minister revealed that he intends to impose more restrictions across the country – but ruled out a complete lockdown like the one that happened in March.

He will announce full details at 3 pm in an announcement, but denied he will announce a national, or Level 5, lockdown.

Hancock told the GMB hosts when asked if more places would be moved to Level 4: “Yes, I’m afraid I’ll have to, and I’ll show these details to the House of Commons first.”

While he denied that there was a national lockdown, he said, “We will have to expand Level 4 areas.”

On Tuesday, a group of scientists warned that England is entering its worst moment in the Covid-19 crisis and must immediately indulge in a national lockdown.

The Independent Sag said delaying another lockdown would lead to “tens of thousands” of preventable deaths and cause the NHS to “collapse” while allowing the novel coronavirus variant to spread further out of control.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will also deliver a statement later today regarding the return of schools in England.