Coronavirus: Oxford, Luton and parts of Yorkshire and Midlands to go into Tier 2

Parts of the Midlands, Yorkshire as well as Luton and Oxford city will move into Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from 12.01am on Saturday.

In the North, the changes will affect:

  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Kingston-Upon-Hull
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire.

In the Midlands, the areas affected are:

  • Dudley
  • Staffordshire
  • Telford and the Wrekin
  • Amber Valley
  • Bolsover
  • Derbyshire Dales
  • Derby Cit
  • South Derbyshire
  • The whole of High Peak
  • Charnwood.

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The changes mean people must not meet socially with anybody they do not live with or are in a support bubble with in any indoor setting.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there is a “worrying rise in cases right across the country” so “decisive action is needed”.

He continued: “These restrictions are challenging for us all, but it is only by working together and following the rules that we will bring down the rates of infection.

“A failure to act now will only lead to longer disruption and greater economic damage.”

Weekly infection rates in Luton stand at 156 per 100,000 people, while in Oxford it is 138.

In the Midlands, they vary but the highest is 439 in Charnwood, while the lowest is 170 in the Derbyshire Dales.

And in Yorkshire and the Humber, the highest weekly case rate is in North East Lincolnshire at 320, while the lowest is in North Lincolnshire at 196.

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