44 parts of England at risk of going into Tier 4

Publication Date22 Dec 2020
And 44 areas of the country currently in Tier 2 or Tier 3 now have higher rates of infection than North Hertfordshire -the Tier 4 area with the lowest infection rate.

The next review date of the tiers is scheduled to be December 30, meaning more areas could go into Tier 4 before the end of the year, reports The Mirror.

Yesterday the Government’s chief scientific adviser warned Sir Patrick indicated Tier 4 may be needed in wider areas of England, particularly as Christmas mixing may result in an increased spread of cases.

He said: “The evidence on this virus is that it spreads easily, it’s more transmissible, we absolutely need to make sure we have the right level of restrictions in place.

“I think it is likely that this will grow in numbers of the variant across the country and I think it’s likely, therefore, that measures will need to be increased in some places, in due course, not reduced.”

Asked if Tier 4 measures would be increased, Home Secretary Patel told Sky News: “As this virus changes, grows, the Government takes proactive measures, we’ve seen that… It is inevitable as people travel and of course we’re urging people not to travel for the sake of everybody’s health, we have to take strong measures and we’re doing that. We’re constantly reviewing these measures as well.”

She added: “Well of course if the virus continues to spread then we will take stronger measures, because at the end of the day our objective is to save lives and to keep people safe, but right now it’s not for me to pre-empt any change because obviously there’ll be a natural review mechanism in two weeks’ time.”

The below information is compiled by the PA from official government data released via the coronavirus dashboard.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; the tier of Covid-19 restrictions in which the local authority is currently placed; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 17; number in brackets of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 17; rate of new cases in the seven days to December 10; number in brackets of new cases recorded in the seven days to December 10.

Data for the most recent four days December 18-21 has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

The areas most at risk are:

Burnley, Tier 3, 437.5, 389, 299.1, 266 Lincoln, Tier 3, 408.9, 406, 482.4, 479 Boston, Tier 3, 406.1, 285, 426.1, 299 Rushmoor, Tier 2, 378.4, 358, 173.4, 164 Stoke-on-Trent, Tier 3, 340.5, 873, 297.6, 763 Pendle, Tier 3, 337.6, 311, 237.8, 219 Rugby, Tier 3, 336.9, 367, 145.0, 158 East Staffordshire, Tier 3, 330.7, 396, 281.4, 337 West Lindsey, Tier 3, 323.0, 309, 266.5, 255 Wealden, Tier 2, 322.7, 521, 137.5, 222 Uttlesford, Tier 2, 313.3, 286, 140.2, 128 Wolverhampton, Tier 3, 306.8, 808, 270.0, 711 Hyndburn, Tier 3, 294.9, 239, 159.2, 129 South Tyneside, Tier 3, 293.4, 443, 290.1, 438 Cherwell, Tier 2, 285.0, 429, 126.9, 191 Leicester, Tier 3, 281.7, 998, 256.3, 908 Eastbourne, Tier 2, 279.5, 290, 99.3, 103 Hartlepool, Tier 3, 271.2, 254, 227.4, 213 Northampton, Tier 2, 270.7, 608, 214.6, 482 Gedling, Tier 3, 270.6, 319, 184.1, 217 Oadby and Wigston, Tier 3, 270.1, 154, 257.8, 147 Mid Sussex, Tier 2, 267.5, 404, 113.2, 171 Oxford, Tier 2, 267.0, 407, 166.6, 254 Sandwell, Tier 3, 265.5, 872, 194.9, 640 Scarborough, Tier 2, 259.3, 282, 159.1, 173 Staffordshire Moorlands, Tier 3, 258.0, 254, 212.3, 209 Blackburn with Darwen, Tier 3, 257.9, 386, 243.2, 364 Birmingham, Tier 3, 257.0, 2934, 205.7, 2349 Bassetlaw, Tier 3, 251.2, 295, 223.1, 262 South Northamptonshire, Tier 2, 250.8, 237, 127.0, 120 Preston, Tier 3, 250.1, 358, 214.5, 307 Colchester, Tier 2, 249.1, 485, 103.2, 201 Cannock Chase, Tier 3, 248.1, 250, 207.4, 209 Eden, Tier 2, 246.0, 131, 108.9, 58 Lewes, Tier 2, 246.0, 254, 75.5, 78 Amber Valley, Tier 3, 245.0, 314, 155.3, 199 Ipswich, Tier 2, 242.5, 332, 198.7, 272 Mansfield, Tier 3, 242.4, 265, 168.3, 184 Wellingborough, Tier 2, 242.1, 193, 146.8, 117 Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tier 3, 235.6, 305, 180.8, 234 Rotherham, Tier 3, 234.0, 621, 221.9, 589 Ribble Valley, Tier 3, 233.2, 142, 213.5, 130 Dudley, Tier 3, 232.6, 748, 201.5, 648 Warrington, Tier 2, 232.4, 488, 140.0, 294

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK Image: Press Association Images

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