MILLION more northerners could be plunged into the highest level of Covid restrictions as early as TODAY.
Public health officials formally recommended that Greater Manchester and Lancashire be moved from Tier 2 to 3 at a meeting of the Gold Command on Wednesday.
It will would place the two regions on “very high” alert levels, with pubs forced to shut and households banned from mixing.
Boris Johnson will make the final judgement call at a meeting of his top Covid ministerial committee this morning.
Sources said he is almost certain to impose Tier 3 on the two northern regions, which would add another 3.5 million people to the toughest restrictions.
It comes as Sadiq Khan warned on Tuesday it is inevitable London will hit the “trigger point” and be given tougher rules in “the next few days”.
The capital is currently at the medium level but could be moved to the “high” tier “as soon as this week” after 12 of its boroughs breached the threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 people.
Coronavirus cases in Britain have hit their second highest ever rise with another 19,724 infected by the deadly bug.
A further 137 people have been killed in 24 hours – bringing the UK’s overall Covid-19 death toll to 43,155.
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