Coronavirus UK latest – Christmas bubble in doubt as ultra-infectious mutant Covid strain rips through country

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Coronavirus UK latest – Christmas bubble in doubt as ultra-infectious mutant Covid strain rips through country

MINISTERS are meeting today in a bid to avert a strict national lockdown after it emerged hospitals are 90 per cent full as a rapidly spreading new

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MINISTERS are meeting today in a bid to avert a strict national lockdown after it emerged hospitals are 90 per cent full as a rapidly spreading new strain of Covid rips through the country.

Boris Johnson was reported to have held an unscheduled meeting of ministers late last night to discuss new evidence of the mutated virus.

It came amid “growing concern” about the threat posed by the mutant strain – which is spreading fastest in South East England and London.

This week Northern Ireland announced six-weeks of full lockdown, while Wales announced a further freeze and Scotland is teetering on the edge.

Asked if England would follow suit, effectively putting the entire UK back in a full lockdown, schools minister Nick Gibb said “Nothing is ruled out of course as we tackle this pandemic”.

Earlier the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “We’ve been clear of the rationale behind the tiered regional approach and that’s what we’ve set out for the time. As we’ve said throughout we will obviously keep the latest data and the latest trends under review.”

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