15:06 GMT28 January 2021
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    Millions of Britons in London and southeast England were plunged into a Tier 4 lockdown just before Christmas due to the swift spread of a new strain of COVID-19, believed to be up to 70 percent more contagious than the preexisting variant of the virus.

    Twitter is abuzz with scores of messages from netizens amid media reports that the UK could be thrown into a "Tier 5" COVID-19 lockdown, which will see even stricter restrictions than the "Tier 4" level.

    Government scientists have reportedly urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose harsher measures in order to keep the coronavirus from spiraling out of control now that a new and more contagious strain has been identified.

    Most Twitter users posted sarcastic posts, wondering how London, which is already in the grip of Tier 4, and the rest of the UK will look after an alleged Tier 5.

    Others went further by posting photoshopped images of Johnson cracking down on those who violate the lockdown restrictions.

    One user suggested that "the Tier 5 slogan will just be 'Good Luck'", while another netizen insisted that the information is little more than gossip.


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