Birmingham lockdown announced by government as new restrictions unveiled

Birmingham has today been hit by new lockdown restrictions as rules come into effect amid a rising tide of Covid-19 cases – with a BAN on households meeting in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.

The following areas now escalated to areas of national intervention. The ban will take effect from Tuesday 15 September.

Coronavirus cases are on the rise across Birmingham – with the government now acting as the city soars to a new high in terms of infections.

Birmingham is now the second highest city and local authority in the country in terms of coronavirus cases per 100,000.

On Friday, September 11, new restrictions have been unveiled as the cases threaten to skyrocket exponentially.

Follow live updates here.

Birmingham City Council will enforce the new restrictions which are primarily centred around banning get-togethers and meetings indoors.

The R number in the Midlands is 0.9-1.1, while the growth rate in the region is between minus 1% and plus 3%.

The West Midlands Combined Authority, meanwhile, is holding a briefing today – follow live updates above.

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The  most recent data for the seven days to 7 September showed Birmingham  had the second highest rate of new cases in the country – at 85.4 per 100,000 people.

Similarly, the rate in Solihull and Sandwell has also soared.

Nationally, the number of people allowed to meet has been slashed to six from Monday – with new rules for pubs and the announcement of ‘Covid marshals’ enforcing social distancing too.

Those announcements came from Prime Minister Boris Johnson during Wednesday’s press briefing from Downing St.

Just this week, the city’s public health chief Dr Justin Varney warned the rising cases meant additional restrictions were inevitable, while Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor, said “city-wide” restrictions were likely.

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