BORIS Johnson provoked fury by cancelling Christmas for nearly 20million people last night in a bid to halt a rampant mutant strain of coronavirus. The PM slapped draconian new Tier 4 measures on London, the South East and East of England, admitting "bitter regret" at axing family get-togethers. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates The areas in the new Tier 4 from tonight at midnight Kent The new strain is 70 per cent more contagious and on the brink of overwhelming hospitals in the worst-hit areas. Mr Johnson told 18million people they must “sacrifice” Christmas this year. Travel and mixing households are banned from today under the new highest level resctrictions – with families elsewhere only allowed to form Christmas bubbles for one day on December 25 itself. The drastic move will dash families’ hopes of Christmas together after a torrid year and force millions of people to stay home for weeks to come. Almost 18million people live in the new Tier 4 areas – with restrictions similar to the second national lockdown in November, Mr Johnson said the tough crackdown will help save lives as a new mutant strain of coronavirus which is… Read full this story
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