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The 16 areas facing Tier 4 lockdown as Boris Johnson holds crisis meeting

There are 16 places at risk of being moved into a Tier 4 lockdown as Boris Johnson holds a crisis meeting, according to data from Public Health England (PHE).

The Prime Minister is chairing a meeting of the "Covid-O" committee ahead of Health Secretary Matt Hancock's announcement on Wednesday.

Each of the areas has a Covid-19 infection rate higher than 300 new cases per 100,000 people, and rates are climbing in all but two of them.

This means they are at risk of being bumped up to Tier 4.

They include Tier 3 areas Burnley, Pendle and Ribble Valley in Lancashire, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Sandwell in the West Midlands, Northampton in the East Midlands, and Hartlepool in the North East.

Tier 2 areas Eden and Carlisle in Cumbria are also at risk.

The other areas under threat of being moved up to Tier 4 are Hartlepool in County Durham, Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire, Amber Valley in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

Mr Johnson is facing pressure to expand the harshest restrictions across England as NHS hospitals treat a record number of coronavirus patients.

Frontline healthcare staff are under increasing strain with reports that patients are being treated in ambulances due to overcrowding.

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Three-quarters of the 315 local authorities in England have seen a rise in case rates in the last week.

Government adviser Professor Andrew Hayward has called for national coronavirus restrictions to prevent a "catastrophe" amid rising infections.

Professor Hayward, of the government's New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, said widespread Tier 4 restrictions or even higher were are needed.

Health Secretary Mr Hancock is due to make an announcement to the Commons on the next changes to the Tiers tomorrow.

It comes as the UK reported a daily record of 53,135 new coronavirus cases today, along with another 414 deaths.

The rising infection rate has been attributed to the highly contagious new variant of Covid-19 that is spreading throughout England.

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