Hancock expected to make only minor changes to Covid tier allocations

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to only make minor changes to the tiering allocations for coronavirus restrictions ahead of the Christmas easing of measures.

Mr Hancock will update MPs on Thursday morning, after the picture worsened for Wales as it emerged 11,000 positive tests had been missed.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said there is a “clear case” for his region to go down to Tier 2.

But he said he fears ministers will “overcompensate” because of the decision to allow the Christmas easing of restrictions to go ahead despite warnings it will lead to a spike in infections and deaths.

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The PA news agency has been told Mr Hancock will not make many changes to the current tier allocations.

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