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More areas to face tighter restrictions under England's local lockdown system

More areas to face tighter restrictions under England's local lockdown system

Residents in Coventry, Slough and Stoke-on-Trent are to face increased Coronavirus restrictions from Saturday, as the areas move into Tier 2 of England's local lockdown system.

Under the second-highest tier of the system, inter-household mixing is banned in indoor settings, while people living in these areas are also advised to reduce the amount in which they travel.

The measures, which will come into effect on Saturday, will be reviewed every 14 days. 

All three of these areas currently have high weekly cases rates per 100,000 people, especially among their younger populations. In particular, in Coventry, the weekly case rate is 946 per 100,000 people aged 17 to 21.

Announcing the new measures for the areas in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said;

"Unfortunately, we are seeing rising rates of infection in Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and in Slough. In all these areas, there are over 100 positive cases per 100,000 people.

"Cases are doubling around every fortnight and we are seeing a concerning increase of cases among the over 60s.

"So we have agreed, in partnership with local leaders, to move these areas into the high local alert level area, coming into force at one minute past midnight on Saturday."

Mr Hancock also thanked local leaders for their cooperation.

The Government has said that it is part of ongoing discussions with other areas including Nottingham and parts of Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire, the North East and Tees Valley regarding them potentially moving from the high to very high COVID alert level.

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