All of England will be under the strictest Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions by mid-December, scientists have reportedly told ministers.

The Government’s SAGE advisory body has warned virus rates will soar past levels already seen in the "very high" category, threatening Christmas celebrations.

Sir Patrick Vallance’s latest infection model reportedly shows more than 25,000 will be hospitalised with the virus by the end of November, The Sun has reported.

If correct, infection rates and hospitalisations will be higher than the Covid-19 peak in the spring, forcing all of England into Tier 3 lockdown.

Top medics previously warned Brits the holiday season could be "digital," but Boris Johnson had hoped he could offer a respite from restrictions.

The Government’s SAGE advisory body has warned virus rates will soar past levels already seen in the “very high” category

In the last week alone the UK has reported over 200 coronavirus deaths, a figure Sir Patrick had said the country would not hit until mid-November.

Last night, Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned the rising death toll from Covid-19 was likely to continue for some time.

Top medics previously warned Brits the holiday season could be "digital"

A government source told The Sun: "The latest Sage numbers are utterly bleak."

By the end of next week, more than eight million people in England will be under the most stringent restrictions.

Mr Johnson has faced enormous pressure to set out a clear lockdown path for Tier 3 regions, with others calling for a national shut down.

Mr Johnson has face enormous pressure to set out a clear lockdown path for Tier 3 regions

On October 25, it was reported the Prime Minister refused to rule out an extra tier on top of the current Tier 3 measures, which may be introduced if new rules fail to bring down the infection rate.

Currently, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and Lancashire are all at Tier 3, meaning there is a very high risk of infection.

Mr Johnson was asked about the possibility of Tier 4, the PM said: "We are working at the moment through the Tier 3 strategy."

He said: "The key thing is that if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace and you are told you have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, the most important thing to do is to self-isolate, to interrupt the chain of transmission."