The rate of COVID-19 infections is rising rapidly throughout the UK, with a weekly case rate in England of 201 people per 100,000 from 15 October to 21 October, compared with 100 people per 100,000 in the week from 25 September to 1 October.
Next week millions of people will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions with West Yorkshire and the West Midlands being the last areas potentially facing the stricter measures.
Several other areas in the UK have been placed under stricter restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Local authorities in the West Midlands said the “very high” level of restriction could be imposed “by the end of next week or the beginning of the following week”.
Liverpool was the first place to be placed under the level 3 measures, but in recent weeks other areas such as Warrington, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire have also been placed under the highest level.
Cases are not evenly distributed, with infection rates rising faster in some areas than in others.
“I know that many will wonder why there is talk of level three, even though our current infection rate is lower than in other parts of the country when they were placed in the highest level of restrictions.
The region’s Conservative mayor, Andy Street, said on Thursday that “no decision has yet been taken at local level or by the central government as to whether the whole of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s territory or just part of it will be moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3.
He said this in a statement: “There are active discussions between local leaders about what would be needed from a Tier 3 funding package.
Council leaders in West Yorkshire continue to discuss with government officials about a possible move to Tier 3.
“But if our case numbers continue to rise, we need to protect our hospitals, and by acting before our cases reach the levels seen elsewhere, we have a better chance of the restrictions working.
Further north, Tory Tory Region Congressman Jacob Young said he believes that the Tees Valley will receive the toughest Tier 3 restrictions “within the next week or so” as Northeast political leaders meet Thursday afternoon to discuss whether the region should be placed in the highest category.
Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council Chairman, said: “Given the increasing number of cases and other factors, a move to Tier 3 seems inevitable at some point”.
The areas that are moving up to Level 2 following discussions with local officials are
The news came when the government announced that several areas will move from Tier 1 to Tier 2 starting at midnight on Friday night.
This means that the following measures will be taken for these areas….