Birmingham and West Midlands to move into tier 3 'imminently'

More than 1.5 million people in the West Midlands are set to be plunged into a tier three lockdown, following a ‘very worrying’ surge in Covid-19 cases.

The region is set to move up to the most severe restrictions ‘imminently’ reports Birmingham Live, as intensive care beds are filling up in hospitals amid ‘sustained and growing pressures’.

Under tier three, all hospitality venues that cannot provide a ‘substantial meal’ as part of their service will be forced to close, while there will be stricter rules on households mixing.

Mayor Andy Street and council leaders are holding talks with the Government over a support package for the latest measures.

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Leader of Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward, told Birmingham Live this morning: ‘Case rate numbers are going up, and we have to do something more. We will be moving into tier three.’

A senior local authority official who attended a meeting with council leaders and the mayor on Wednesday described the move as ‘a matter of when, not if’.

It comes as England’s largest NHS trust, University Hospitals Birmingham, reported a 27% increase in the numbers of Covid-19 patients it was treating in the five days to October 28.

The latest NHS data showed Staffordshire’s Covid-19 case rate was 271 per 100,000 in the week to October 26, while Dudley’s was 248.

Across the region, Walsall was at 320, Stoke-on-Trent 301, Sandwell 295, Birmingham 259, Wolverhampton 242, Solihull 218, Telford 213, and Coventry on 192.

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