The health Secretary has announced more areas are to move up a tier from 00:01 on Boxing Day.

Areas put into the highest band of measures were:
• In southeast England: London, Kent, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey (excluding Waverley), Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings
• In eastern England: Bedford, Central Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough, Hertfordshire and Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring).

Other areas have also moved up to higher tiers from the tier they are currently in:

Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Swindon, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Northamptonshire, Cheshire and Warrington will go into Tier 3.

Cornwall and Herefordshire will go into Tier 2.