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Tier 6 lockdown restrictions will likely impact millions of people around the country. Speculation about tighter rules comes as the highest number of daily deaths is reported since the pandemic began and Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears before the Commons Liaison Committee to answer MPs questions about the Government’s coronavirus response. Express.co.uk has analysed which areas of England are most likely to be Tier 6 according to the Covid ZOE Covid Symptom Study app.
Today a further 1,564 deaths were confirmed within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.
This is the highest number of UK deaths reported on a single day since the outbreak began.
Previously, the highest number was reported on Friday, January 8, with 1,325 deaths reported.
This brings the coronavirus death toll to 84,767 in total.
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A tightening of coronavirus restrictions also announced in Scotland by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday,
From Saturday six new lockdown rules will come into effect including:
- Allowing click and collect operations for essential items only
- Banning customers from entering food outlets when collecting orders.
- Banning the sale of takeaway alcohol by making it illegal to drink alcohol outdoors in public.
- Working from home rules will be strengthened meaning the obligation is now on employers to allow their staff to work from home where possible.
- Mandating home maintenance work is only undertaken for essential work rather than decorative tasks.
- Strengthening the wording for the stay at home message to make it clear people may only leave home for essential purposes.
In light of the rising rate of cases and deaths, many have warned lockdown measures may be tightened.
On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned tougher rules may be the only way in which the Government could get a handle on the outbreak.
He said: “This is a very perilous moment because everybody can sense that the vaccine is coming in and they can see that the UK is vaccinating large numbers of those that need it most.
“My worry is… that this is the moment when that degree of false confidence, false complacency, and that when you look at what has happened in the NHS that complacency is not merited.”
Mr Johnson added: “We have a very tough fight on our hands.”
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A new coronavirus dashboard compiled by ZOE Covid Study reveals risk levels for areas across England.
The app shows whether each area is at risk of moving tiers next week when the next review takes place.
According to the data, including data up to January 12, the following areas suggest the rate of infections is on the rise including:
- Liverpool City Region
- Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen
- Warrington and Cheshire
- Greater Manchester
- North East (LA7)
- The Humber
- South Yorkshire
- Birmingham and Black Country
- East and West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove
- Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
- Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset
- Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset
The following areas show an increase in current prevalence rates of the virus over the past seven days to January 13 and therefore are potentially at risk of being moved into Tier 6:
- Liverpool City Region – prevalence rate of 1,432 per 100,000 population
- Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen – prevalence rate of 1,002 per 100,000 population
- Warrington and Cheshire – prevalence rate of 749 per 100,000 population
- Greater Manchester – prevalence rate of 733 per 100,000 population
- North East (LA7) – prevalence rate of 798 per 100,000 population
- The Humber – prevalence rate of 859 per 100,000 population
- South Yorkshire – prevalence rate of 694 per 100,000 population
- Birmingham and Black Country – prevalence rate of 1,183 per 100,000 population
- Suffolk – prevalence rate of 1,116 per 100,000 population
- East and West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove – prevalence rate of 1,322 per 100,000 population
- Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – prevalence rate of 1,033 per 100,000 population
- Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset – prevalence rate of 836 per 100,000 population
- Gloucestershire – prevalence rate of 775 per 100,000 population
- Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset – prevalence rate of 723 per 100,000 population
- Devon – prevalence rate of 438 per 100,000 population
The following areas have shown a steady rate of prevalence of the virus in the past week which means it is possible they could also see a strengthening of restrictions in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus:
- Tees Valley (LA5)
- York and North Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
- Derby and Derbyshire
- Leicester and Leicestershire
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
- Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
- Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
- Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- Kent and Medway
- Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton
- Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, West Berkshire
- Wiltshire and Swindon.
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