Government scientists warned the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stricter measures may be required to stop the virus spiralling out of control.
Today (December 28), the UK recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began with 41,385 positive tests.
A senior Whitehall source warned England could see tighter restrictions in the coming days as cases continue to soar.
The source added new measures could mean “adding another level onto Tier 4, so like a Tier 5.”
They said: “We are ruling nothing out, the new strain is of serious concern. Tier 4 appears to not be strong enough.”