THE whole of Hampshire might remain in Tier 2 after today's review.

Central government is going to review the Tier system today.

It comes as on December 2, Southampton, Portsmouth and the rest of Hampshire were placed in Tier 2 High Level of restrictions.

This means that indoor meetings are banned but people can meet outside following the rule of six.

The outcome of the review of the Tier system is to be revealed today.

But Cllr Keith Mans, leader of Hampshire County Council, said: "I think generally speaking at the moment - although we have to wait a little longer to have that confirmed - the chances are that we will remain in Tier 2 as an entity rather than any splits. That is the direction of travel but we have not got the final decision on that."

It comes as data revealed that the weekly rate of infection for Hampshire is 89.7x100,000 while Southampton has a rate of infection of 79.2x100,000 and Portsmouth has a rate of 174x100,000.

Cllr Mans said he has been speaking with civic chiefs in Portsmouth and added: "We are hoping that we can all stay in the same Tier if that is possible from a safety point of view."

It comes as during a public meeting held yesterday, civic chiefs stressed that Hampshire districts and cities are interconnected.

The weekly rate of infection for England currently stands at 173x100,000 while the South East has a rate of 197x100,000 and the Isle of Wight has a rate of 11.3x100,000.