Areas at risk of moving into Tier 3 next week as Covid-19 cases skyrocket

New data has revealed the areas at risk of being plunged into Tier 3 next week.

Gloucestershire and Suffolk could move into the highest restrictions as coronavirus cases surge in both counties.

Both areas are currently in Tier 2, which bans households mixing indoors but keeps pubs and restaurants open, although under strict rules.

But the ZOE Symptom Tracker App has identified the two counties as being at risk of the move when England’s regional tiered system is reviewed next Wednesday.

The app shows the Covid-19 case rate in Gloucestershire is 396 per 100,000 for the general population.

For the over 60s, it is 93 per 100,000, the Sun reports.

In Suffolk, the case rate is 254 per 100,000 for the general population and 49 per 100,000 for the over 60s.

The app also shows there are currently 19,091 new infections a day across the UK.

However, its figures suggest the areas with the highest cases are currently in Tier 3.

These include Kent and Medway, with 884 per 100,000, and The Humber with 786 cases per 100,000.

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The app also suggests London has 574 cases per 100,000 people.

For the over 60s, it is 167 cases per 100,000.

It comes amid warnings the capital will need to be moved into Tier 3 to prevent Covid deaths rising over Christmas.

London, which was put in Tier 2 when England’s month-long national lockdown ended last week, is currently seeing a rise in cases.

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The latest data from Public Health England, covering November 26 to December 2, suggests it has a rate of 170 cases per 100,000 people.

This is an increase from the week before when it saw 156 cases per 100,000.

Professor John Ashton, a former regional director of public health for North West England, said ministers "need to decide in the next 48 hours whether to move London into Tier 3".

He told the Guardian that otherwise "they really risk a terrible situation for London, with deaths going up during the Christmas period".

Professor Kevin Fenton, the London regional director for Public Health England, added: "The latest data shows case rates are on the increase again in most London boroughs, including in the at-risk over-60s."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned of worrying signs in London.

Under Tier 3 rules, pubs, bars and restaurants have to stay shut and can only serve takeaway.

In Tier 2, boozers can only serve alcohol alongside a 'substantial' meal.

The rules will be relaxed over the Christmas period, from December 23 to December 27, so families can reunite.

Three households will be able to form a "Christmas bubble" and mix indoors.

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