Coronavirus UK Updates: When will Tier 3 restrictions end?

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Coronavirus UK Updates: Number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has slowed down
Coronavirus UK Updates: Number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has slowed down

Asked about the criteria for an area to exit Tier 3, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The first thing that’s most important is that the case rate has to be coming down, and in particular we look at the number of cases amongst the over-60s because that’s the number that is likely to translate into hospital admissions and sadly into deaths.”

He added: “Unfortunately it’s (NHS data) showing that hospitalisations are still going up and that they are again doubling every fortnight or so … There’s just under 100,000 beds in the NHS as a whole and you can see how many of those are taken up by people with Covid.”

– Matt Hancock asked about vaccine

Asked how soon NHS staff could be injected with a vaccine, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Well, we’re not there yet. The vaccine programme is progressing well. The leading candidates we’re in very close contact with.

“On my central expectation, I would expect the bulk of the roll-out to be in the first half of next year.”

Asked if there could be some this year, he said: “Well, I don’t rule that out, but that is not my central expectation.”

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