U.K. Environment Secretary George Eustice has said that the government is considering a full closure of Britainâ€™s borders due to concerns over the spread of the mutated variants of the coronavirus.
â€œWe always keep these things under review and [closed borders have] been considered,â€ he told Sky News on Friday.
â€œThere is concern at the moment about the number of mutant strains [and the] risk that one day there will be a strain that might be able to evade the vaccine,â€ he added.
Ministers are due to discuss in a COVID-O meeting on Monday, instead of Friday afternoon as earlier planned, according to the Times.
Northern Ireland announced Thursday night it will be extending its lockdown until March 5.