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New restrictions for three areas moving into Tier 2

Written by on 22/10/2020

Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough will move into coronavirus Tier 2 restrictions and discussions will begin on the possibility of placing Warrington into Tier 3.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement in parliament, as he warned it would be “catastrophic” not to act and let COVID-19 “unleash its full force”.

The Tier 2 changes will come into effect from 12:01am on Saturday – meaning people will not be able to meet other households socially indoors.

Mr Hancock said in all three regions, infections have risen to over 100 per 100,000 people with cases doubling every fortnight.

He added for those residents affected, “we’ll support you all the way through”, pointing to the further help for workers and firms unveilled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier.

The expected change for Warrington is “due to a continuing rise in cases there”, Mr Hancock said.

“There’s an excellent local hospital in Warrington but it is dealing with a very high number of cases,” he explained.

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And Mr Hancock revealed some progress on mass testing.

Lateral flow tests have now started to be rolled out to schools and universities – helpful because they do not require a lab or a machine.

The health secretary said he had purchased “many millions” and they would help “find the virus where it spreads and to reduce the disruption that virus control measures inevitably create”.

It follows news that Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire are both moving into Tier 3 this week.

The three-tier system for England was unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month in a bid to simplify the rules, as the country heads into a second spike of coronavirus cases.

 Sky News

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