THE south east of England looks set to enter new Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions.
Major cities such as Oxford, Portsmouth and Southampton are located in the region. Find out more about the South East of England here.
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Where is the south east of England?
The region is England's third largest and has a population of over eight-and-a-half million.
The south east of England consists of the counties of Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
The Isle of Wight is considered part of the South East.
The region's close proximity to London and several national motorways have increased the prosperity of the South East.
The south east of England is home to the UK's second busiest airport – Gatwick.
London Heathrow is the UK's busiest airport.
And, the coastline along the English Channel means it's accessible to mainland Europe thanks to several ferry crossings.
The region has many major tourist destinations to offer including the White Cliffs of Dover, Windsor Castle in Berkshire, and Blenheim Palace – located in Oxfordshire.
HMS Victory – best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805 – lies in a dry dock in Portsmouth.
The South East has two sides in the Premier League – Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton.
Major cities in the region include Portsmouth, Southampton, Oxford, Brighton and Hove and Winchester.
The south east of England is home to many universities, including the world renowned University of Oxford.
Brighton and Hove is the region's largest city with a population of 290,885 – just shy of 300,000 people.
What areas will go into Tier 4?
With coronavirus cases continuing to rise and the upcoming Christmas break, stricter rules are likely to be implemented.
The Sunday Times' deputy political editor today tweeted the decision had been made to cancel Christmas for London, the South East and East of England, as areas are moved into new Tier 4.
It's likely that a “stay at home” message will be introduced by law.
More regions could be plunged into Tier 4 restrictions if coronavirus infections continue to rise.
Ministers fear that a new strain of coronavirus is "spreading rapidly".
The variant is said to be 50 per cent more contagious than the current strain.
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