Matt Hancock said the Government would “rule nothing out” on the prospect of a new fourth tier of restrictions.
The Health Secretary told BBC Breakfast: “We’ve always said all along that we take nothing off the table.
“Having said that, we have seen the rise in the number of cases has slowed a bit.
“The problem is it’s still going up, and while it’s still going up we’ve got to act to get it under control.
“We rule nothing out but at the moment the three-tier system is what we’re working to and it’s effective in slowing the growth of this virus but it hasn’t brought this curve to a halt.”
– Vaccine stocks made ready for rollout
Coronavirus vaccine stocks are set to start being sent out in Britain from next week, it has been claimed.
A London hospital trust has been given the heads up that batches of the potential Covid-19 antidote Oxford Astra-Zenica could be available from the week beginning November 2, according to health sources.
Trials are still ongoing but huge efforts are being made to ensure hospitals in the capital are ahead of the game if and when the potential vaccine is greenlit.
Other clinical trials have reportedly been halted at the trust to ensure thousands of frontline staff can be vaccinated as soon as there’s an official thumbs up.