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A further 20 million people in England will join the toughest tier of Covid restrictions from Thursday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs the Midlands, North East, parts of the North West and parts of the South West are among those escalated to tier four.

And the education secretary said his plan for schools to return next week required an “immediate adjustment”.

Earlier, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was approved for use in the UK, with the first doses to be given on Monday.

But the PM warned that people should not “in any way think that this is over” as “the virus is really surging”.


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