Birmingham and the West Midlands is poised for the announcement of local lockdown measures in an effort to stem rising rates of Covid-19 in the region.
Rates in the second city have climbed to 85.4 per 100,000 in the last seven days from a previous rate of 32 per 100,000.
That jump has now made more likely the imposition of lockdown measures which could see bans on residents in our neighbouring city from visiting other people’s homes.
Restrictions could also be placed on pubs and restaurants which may be order to serve only takeaway services and operate under a curfew.
In Coventry rates are lower but have crept up from around 20 per 100,000 a week ago to 30 per 100,000 on September 7, the latest date for which figures are available.
Lockdown restrictions imposed on Birmingham, and or Solihull could impact Coventrians who work in either area or who have family in those areas.
An announcement will follow a meeting overseen by Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday, Thursday, September 10.
Public Health England data showed on Thursday that Birmingham had the second highest seven-day infection rate in England, after Bolton.
There are also concerns over rates in Solihull and the Black Country, while schools across the West Midlands have told some year groups to self-isolate after positive test results.
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