Lockdown in England to be widened as cases rise, Hancock says

A view of a quiet Regent Street as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Lockdown measures in England will be extended to counter the rapidly growing number of cases of a new variant of COVID-19, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC television on Wednesday.

Asked if the current tiered measures would be broadened, Hancock said: "Yes, I'm going to set out the details of that to the House of Commons this afternoon."

(Reporting by Paul Sandle, editing by David Milliken)