UK says more of England to go into top tier of COVID restrictions

A news conference at 10 Downing Street, in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday more areas in England would be placed into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of a more transmissible variant of COVID-19.

Hancock said from Dec. 26, large regions across southern England would join London and neighbouring areas in Tier 4 with restrictions similar to that of a lockdown.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden)