#AceHealthReport – Oct.11: A #coronavirus heat map showing the towns and cities most likely at risk under the Government’s three-tiered system of traffic light-style lockdown restrictions has been released: And it shows Coventry and the other local authority areas in the West Midlands being in the highest ‘red’ category: Under the new traffic light system, reportedly set to be unveiled on Monday before taking effect 48 hours later, it is understood everywhere in the West Midlands will be deemed high risk: Any area with a rate higher than 50 cases per 100,000 will be in the highest category, it has been reported:
#Coronavirus Report: Heat-Map Shows Coventry in ‘red’ high risk zone ahead of traffic light-style lockdowns with North showing the highest number of cases
Coventry has now surpassed 100 cases per 100,000
The map was released after Public Health England Coronavirus Dashboard statistics for September 28 to October 5 revealed an alarming rise in infection rates among people in Coventry: In Coventry the rate per 100,000 people is now 112.24, which has risen from 98.78 per 100,000 in the seven days to October.03: The jump in figures comes as the data catches up with a testing blunder last week which saw thousands of tests missing from official figures because of an IT error: It puts Coventry’s infection rate closer to that of neighbouring Solihull, which has a rate of 130.79 and has had lockdown restrictions enforced since September 11.
In the West Midlands, eight parts of the region now have rates of higher than 100 cases per 100,000: Birmingham has surpassed 150 cases per 100,000 despite localised measures aimed at curbing indoor mixing of households, while seven other areas remain higher than 100: Solihull, Sandwell and Wolverhampton remain in enhanced measures as part of efforts to curb the Covid-19 infection rate across the region: Ministers are expected to outline the new local lockdown system next week, the Mirror reports.
Under the most severe tier, pubs and restaurants may be closed and those most at risk if they catch Covid-19 may be told once again to stay at home for months: Under the plan, all areas in England would be assigned a tier, with toughest restrictions in tier 3…………Pubs and restaurants in the worst-affected places would be forced to close again, and people would be banned from mixing with other households: However, shops, offices and schools would remain open, while a decision is yet to be made on hairdressers and leisure facilities.
While the colour does not decide which ‘tier’ an area will be under, it shows the current level of infections – which is a good guide: Tier 1 roughly correlates to current national rules, tier 2 roughly correlates to current local lockdowns, and tier 3 would go further than current local lockdowns: The tiers are not being decided on set, rigid thresholds of infections per 100,000 people – but the number is a good guide to which way an area is going: The Government will also look at the speed of growth, the rate of admissions to hospital and any specific outbreaks (such as factories or universities) when deciding an area’s tier: The idea is to simplify the local rules into three standard sets after people complained the existing system was too confusing – and wasn’t working to suppress the virus.
Across the country Nottingham now has the highest rate in England, with 2,294 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 5 – the equivalent of 689.1 cases per 100,000 people: This is a steep jump from 122.3 per 100,000 in the seven days to September 28.
Knowsley has the second highest rate, which has jumped from 365.2 to 601.2, with 907 new cases:
Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has also increased sharply, from 387.9 to 578.7 with 2,882 new cases:
‘ Other areas recording big jumps in their seven-day rates include Manchester (up from 363.7 to 543.0, with 3,002 new cases), Newcastle upon Tyne (up from 323.3 to 498.6, with 1,510 new cases), Sheffield (up from 148.8 to 398.2, with 2,329 new cases) and Exeter (up from 73.8 to 390.4, with 513 new cases) ‘
#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Oct.11: 2020:
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