Matt Hancock has announced that more areas will be moving into tier 4 tonight, including the whole of the Greater Manchester, Warrington and Cheshire, from 1 minute past midnight 30th December.
The details are:
- Greater Manchester (will be moving to Tier 4 from Thursday 31 December)
- Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool (will be moving to Tier 4 from Thursday 31 December)
- Warrington and Cheshire (will be moving to Tier 4 from Thursday 31 December)
This is a further blow for everyone with stricter lockdowns now affecting almost all of the UK. Only the Scilly Isles remain in Tier 1
What are the restrictions in Tier 4?
Under tier 4 restrictions, non-essential shops, hairdressers, and leisure and entertainment venues must close, with a new “stay at home” message introduced. People who need to travel for education or childcare are exempt, and exercise is unlimited.
The Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine
There was some good news in that the second vaccine, developed at Oxford University in collaboration with AstraZeneca has been approved and vaccinations will be carried out starting Monday.
The vaccine has been approved for use for people 18 years or older and consists of two doses, with the second dose administered 4-12 weeks after the first dose. The transportation and storage requirements for this vaccine mean that it needs to be kept at temperatures of 2C to 8C, which is similar to a conventional fridge for up to six months and can be administered within existing healthcare setting