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Covid: Nottingham to move into tier 3


Covid: Nottingham to move into tier 3

Nottingham and parts of the surrounding county will move into the top tier of Covid restrictions, it has been confirmed.

People living in the city, along with Rushcliffe, Gedling and Broxtowe, face the toughest restrictions.

The measures come into force at one minute past midnight on Thursday and will expire after 28 days.

It comes after the city consistently recorded one of the highest infection rates in England.

There are now 7.9 million people in England living in the tier three - the "very high" alert level.

This means pubs that do not serve substantial meals have to close, and there are further restrictions on households mixing.

The affected parts of Nottinghamshire join Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and
Warrington in the highest tier.

Details of the lockdown will be formally announced on Tuesday, but in a joint statement local councils said the measures
"have been agreed to achieve a sustained reduction in infection rates" and to "protect our vulnerable residents, the NHS and
social care services".

Residents and businesses who are affected will receive "a package of support similar to those secured in other parts of
the country".

Though it did have the highest figures in the UK earlier this month, Nottingham's seven-day rate of infection has dropped again,
according to the latest data.

The city had the 24th highest rate of infection per 100,000 people in England, at 443.7, in the week up to the 23 October,
down from 677.4 the previous week.

It is still the highest in the county, but the surrounding boroughs are all seeing an increase, with Broxtowe's infection rate having
risen from 310.4 to 342.9, Gedling's up from 373.2 to 418.2 and Rushcliffe rising from 359.1 to 393.5.

'Many more deaths'

David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, appealed to residents to "work together" and stick to "very difficult" restrictions.

Though the seven-day infection rate for the city has dropped steadily after being the highest in the UK earlier this month,
he said there were still concerns over rising rates among older age groups and hospital occupancy levels.

"We've got a growing number of people, way over 200 people, in our hospitals with Covid, and an increasing number
in [intensive care units], so we are concerned about those numbers," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"Obviously we had many people die in Nottingham [and] Nottinghamshire earlier in the year and we don't want to add to that
number with many more deaths as a result of this."

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