“If you look at the numbers, there’s no question that we are going to have to take tougher measures and we will be announcing those in due course,” he said.
It followed the reduction to Christmas Day-only of a previously announced concession that rules be relaxed across the whole of the UK for families and friends to meet for five days over the festive period.
South African VariantThe situation was further aggravated by the detection of two cases in the UK of an even more virulent strain that emerged in South Africa. Flights from the African nation to the UK were subsequently banned.
Though Hancock said he was “very worried about the new South African variant,” he downplayed its direct impact on the UK.
However, he said that “we’ve got to keep an eagle eye on this one because it is even harder to deal with than the UK variant.”