1 min read.Updated: 20 Dec 2020, 03:04 PM ISTAgencies
With the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in the country, Matt Hancock adds, 'Everyone in a tier 4 area must act as if they have the virus'
'Given how much faster this new variant spreads, it's going to be very difficult to keep it under control until we have the vaccine rolled out,' he says
London: British health minister Matt Hancock suggested on Sunday that new tighter restrictions in London and southeast England could stay in place for some time, saying a new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged is very difficult to control.
Asked whether people living under the stringent tier 4 restrictions should expect to do so for some time, Hancock told Sky News: "We really need to get this under control ... We've got a long way to go to sort this, essentially we've got to get that vaccine rolled out to keep people safe."