This is what time Matt Hancock will announce new tier restrictions for North Staffordshire today



The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is to set out which tier each local authority in England will fall under after the end of the national lockdown – including Stoke-on-Trent and the rest of North Staffordshire.

Mr Hancock will make the announcement in Parliament today after the Government set out its Covid-19 “winter plan” earlier this week.

Each area in England will be placed into one of three tiers when the national lockdown ends on December 2.

However, the system has been toughened from the previous regime – which means more authorities will move into the higher tiers.

Areas which make progress in slowing the spread of the virus could still be moved down a tier before Christmas, however, with the first review of the allocations due to take place by December 16.

Stoke-on-Trent is now the sixth coronavirus hostspot in the whole of England with a seven-day rolling infection rate of 431.4 per 100,000 in the week to November 21.

Only Swale, Thanet, Hull, East Lindsey and Hyndburn have higher infection rates.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the city’s top health, said: “Locallywe are making good progress but I fear it’s too late to stop Tier 3 – we will find out soon.”

Worryingly, Newcastle borough has climbed to number 12 on the list and currently has a rate of 407.1 after a further 527 cases were confirmed over the seven days.

The Staffordshire Moorlands has seen its coronavirus infection rate drop to 274.3 over the same period, while Stafford borough’s stands at 331.4.

The announcement is expected to be made at 11.30am.





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