This is when changes to England's Covid tiers will be announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock

The next review of the Goverment's tiered system for coronavirus restrictions in England is set to happen on Wednesday, December 30.

Areas across the North East and Tees Valley remained under Tier 3 restictions – the ‘very high’ Covid alert level – at previous reviews earlier this month.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the nation in a press conference on Wednesday, December 23 and announced tier changes for a raft of locations across the country from Boxing Day.

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Some areas joined London and large parts of the South East in being placed under the new Tier 4 alert, which follows similar rules to the second month-long national lockdown in November.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock.Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed on Tuesday, December 29 that Mr Hancock would next announce any additional changes to tier areas in a statement to the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.

The statement came as part of a Westminster briefing, in which the spokesman also said the Government is “still planning for a staggered opening of schools” after Christmas but is keeping the plan under constant review.

They added: “We’re still planning for a staggered opening of schools and we are working to ensure testing is in place.

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“As we have said throughout the pandemic, we obviously keep all measures under constant review.”

Meanwhile, a member of the Government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group warned on Tuesday that national coronavirus restrictions are needed to prevent a “catastrophe” at the start of 2021.

Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at University College London, was speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

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