Christmas bubbles may be torn up over Covid fears as Tier 4 news expected today

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There are fears more Christmas bubbles will be torn up today ahead of the Prime Minister's press conference.

Boris Johnson "won't hesitate" to call off the scheme for millions more Brits as he's set to make an announcement which could see Tier 4 extended to more areas, a minister has claimed.

Robert Jenrick told Sky News: "We have now had time to think again about whether further action is requrired in other parts of the country.

"That is the decision the PM will need to take in the next couple of days.

"The question is whether we should take action now to try and head it off."

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The long-awaited Christmas bubble scheme, in which up to three households could mix indoors for five days over the festive period, was abruptly cancelled on Saturday.

Almost a third of the country was placed into Tier 4 with no Christmas socialising allowed at all, while the rest of England was only permitted to see family for one day.

Mr Jenrick added: "We are asking people outside of Tier 4 areas to exercise great care…

"If we need to change that in light of the new variant, we won't hesitate to do so."

However he added it was "very unlikely" the Christmas bubbles would be scrapped for everyone, but said all options were on the table.

"There is absolutely no plan to do so," he told BBC Breakfast.

People should go about their Christmas as they were planning to do so."

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