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More parts of the east and south-east of England will face the toughest coronavirus rules from Saturday, the health secretary has said.

Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire will be subject to tier three rules, as will parts of Surrey, East Sussex, Cambridgeshire and Hampshire.

Most areas that are already in tier three will remain there.

Matt Hancock told MPs: “We’ve come so far, we mustn’t blow it now.”

Bristol and North Somerset will move from tier three to tier two, and Herefordshire will move from tier two into tier one.

The changes come into effect at 00:01 on Saturday.

They mean that 68% of England’s population – 38 million people – will be living in tier three from the weekend.

Some 30% of the population will be in tier two, while just 2% will be in tier one.

Announcing the outcome of the first formal review of the new tiering system in England, Mr Hancock said “no-one wants tougher restrictions any longer than necessary”.

However, he said “these are always the most difficult months for people’s health” and we “must keep suppressing this virus”.

He said the restrictions are “thankfully not the only tool we have to fight the disease” and that Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will “set out further detail on testing in schools” later.

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More parts of the east and south-east of England will face the toughest coronavirus rules from Saturday, the health secretary has said.More parts of the east and south-east of England will face the toughest coronavirus rules from Saturday, the health secretary has said.More parts of the east and south-east of England will face the toughest coronavirus rules from Saturday, the health secretary has said.More parts of the east and south-east of England will face the toughest coronavirus rules from Saturday, the health secretary has said.