Experiences prompt ministers would meet on Wednesday to determine whether or not extra elements of the nation could be put underneath the hardest restrictions.
The Telegraph reported native leaders and well being officers in Birmingham met on Tuesday evening to debate the potential of the town being moved into Tier 4.
Areas in decrease tiers could possibly be moved as much as Tier 3, in accordance with the identical report.
Instances have now been recognized in Wales and Scotland, in addition to within the South East of England.
Well being chiefs in Cumbria have stated the brand new variant is within the county and could possibly be behind sharp will increase in new circumstances.
Residence Secretary not ruling out more durable Covid-19 measures throughout the UK
In the meantime, it’s anticipated NHS Check and Hint employees and the navy can be deployed for the mass testing programme in Kent, the place greater than 2,800 HGVs had been caught on Tuesday afternoon.
France stated a detrimental take a look at consequence, taken lower than 72 hours earlier than the journey, could be required for these coming into the nation from the UK.
Full particulars of the testing programme haven’t but been launched, however Mr Shapps warned it might take till Christmas for congestion to be relieved close to ports.
He stated: “We’ve managed to get all these assessments to Kent, sufficient for all of the automobiles which can wish to return earlier than Christmas, so that will not be a difficulty.
“Clearly there is a bodily challenge of offering the take a look at, getting the outcomes. A detrimental take a look at permits you to go away.
“However all of that requires operationalising and that may’t occur straight away, so this can take two or three days for issues to be cleared.”
He urged hauliers to not journey to Kent till additional discover.
Elizabeth de Jong, coverage director at enterprise group Logistics UK, stated it was “very important” that testing procedures are “stood up quick to make sure drivers will be processed and get residence for Christmas safely”.
She added: “The backlog of visitors throughout the area will take time to clear so hauliers ought to look ahead to additional information earlier than travelling to Kent.”
The protocol agreed with the French authorities can be reviewed on December 31 – however might run till January 6, the Division for Transport (DfT) stated.
Those that could make journeys embrace French and EU residents, British or third-party nationals who usually stay in France or the EU, in addition to another teams.
The Transport Secretary additionally introduced the momentary rest of drivers’ hours for hauliers to assist them get via UK borders safely over the approaching weeks.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated that perishable produce reminiscent of seafood have to be prioritised if hauliers begin shifting freight throughout the Channel once more on Wednesday.
She tweeted: “We nonetheless await element of the settlement, but when freight begins shifting tomorrow – as we should hope it is going to – the plan to prioritise perishable produce reminiscent of seafood must be activated instantly.”