Even stricter measures could be introduced in the UK as coronavirus cases continue to rise, it has been reported.
Massive swaths of England are already in Tier 4, meaning that shops have been forced to close in London and parts of the South East. The North East currently remains in Tier 3.
A new variant of the virus means that cases are spreading even faster than before with huge spikes in cases in the past month, reports Birmingham Live.
Meanwhile, Scotland and Wales have been put into a national lockdown and banned travel from and to the UK because of the new strain.
But it has been reported by the Sun that a tougher “Tier 5” measure could be brought in to stop the spread.
Government scientists have reportedly told Boris Johnson he needs to implement stricter measures to stop the virus from spiralling out of control.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has told the Prime Minister that because of the new faster-spreading variant of the virus, the R-rate would surge above 1 in January.
Experts have told Boris that a New Year national lockdown similar to the one in November where schools remain open will not be enough.
They recommend even stronger measures where secondary schools are shut and pubs and non-essential shops remain closed.
Sage has reportedly advised that the R-rate could be kept below 1 if all schools remained closed in January.