Confirmed Covid-19 cases in North Staffordshire have increased

THE number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in North Staffordshire has continued to increase.

Stoke-on-Trent is expected to be placed in the highest tier when the second national lockdown is scheduled to end on December 2.

The city now has the fifth highest infection rate in England at 548 per 100,000 residents.

A total of 1,405 positive cases were reported in the week to November 15 compared to 1,210 in the previous seven days

Though the number of daily cases in the Potteries appears to be levelling off, according to research from Imperial College London it is thought this won't be enough to stop the city facing the most severe restrictions.

In the Staffordshire Moorlands, the rate of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen from 400.3 to 419.6 in the past week.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick revealed earlier this week a review of the measures in each Tier is now underway.

He said: "I think in the new tiers we would like greater consistency, and we will have to look at the evidence to see which of those measures [were] actually the most impactful on the virus, so that we take the most evidence-based approach that we can do," he said.

"We haven't come to a conclusion on that yet, to be perfectly honest, but we will be within the next week or so."

Mr Jenrick added ministers would also look at how great an impact national measures have had.

"We won't know that with any certainty until the last week of November," he said.

Under the previous Tier 3 rules, no houses were allowed to mix indoors or outdoors while pubs and bars were forced to close unless they could operate as restaurants.


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