The government is expected to confirm which areas of the country fall into which tier category today.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the country will revert to a tier system when the lockdown ends next month. He also laid out revised rules for each tier - medium risk (tier one), high risk (two) and very high risk (three).

The tiers will be strengthened compared to the previous tiers in order to prevent a return to rising infections.

The current lockdown came into effect on November 2 in a bid to combat a spike in coronavirus cases. It will end on December 2.

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From next month, the country will once again be split up into tiers - determined by the level of coronavirus cases in each area.

Mr Johnson said the new tiers will offer a "uniform set of rules", which unlike the previous regime, will see no negotiations and no right of appeal for councils.

The Prime Minister confirmed a decision on which tiers to apply to which areas will be made today, Thursday, November 26.

Speaking earlier this week, Mr Johnson said: "Later this week, I should say we will announce which areas will fall into which tier, I hope on Thursday."

It is not yet clear how the announcement will take place but Mr Johnson unveiled his “Covid-19 winter plan” to the House of Commons on Monday at 3.30pm via video link, before holding a press conference at 7pm.

It has not yet been confirmed what time the government's announcement will come, but it is expected to occur mid morning.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to make a statement in the House of Commons around 11.30 - although individual regional announcements may arrive separately.

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The government's “Covid-19 winter plan” included details on how families can spend time together this Christmas, as well as the new rules set to come in when the second national lockdown ends.

The government will announce the arrangements which will be in place over the Christmas period shortly.

On its website, the government states it is committed to ensuring the right levels of intervention in the right places to manage outbreaks, suppress the virus and keep the R below one.

It isn't yet known whether officials will divide areas with big disparities in infection rates across regions or counties into new Government-defined areas.

People will be able to use the postcode checker to find out the restrictions in their area or an area they may plan to visit. The NHS COVID-19 app will be updated on December 2.

The new rules will come into effect from 12.01am on Wednesday, December 2.