Birmingham is bracing for an announcement on new lockdown measures, as its number of infections continued to rise.
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.
It is widely expected the measures will be focused on banning get togethers – with bans on visitors at homes and gardens widely expected. Full story here.
The announcement will be from Department of Health and there is a regional briefing at 2pm today.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street earlier this week said restrictions were “likely,” and Labour MP Jess Phillips echoed his thoughts.
The rules and restrictions remain to be seen – but Mr Street said meetings in homes was a likely factor behind the rise in cases.
“Private settings are an important part of this,” he said.
“The younger population have got to take responsibility, think about their parents and grandparents.”
City and regional leaders are remaining tight-lipped ahead of the expected announcement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Public Health England.
But reliable sources indicate, as predicted, that new restrictions are coming, with a focus on household gatherings.
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The current positive infections tally puts Birmingham third in a national table of local authority areas of highest infection rates, behind Bolton and Sunderland.
Bolton’s seven-day rate currently stands at 143 cases per 100,000, and Sunderland is on 84, according to data from NHS Digital.
There are concerns Birmingham’s neighbour, Solihull, will also see new restrictions imposed with the latest infection rate for the week ending September 8 standing at 62.8.
Another neighbouring borough, Sandwell, which has grappled with stubbornly high rates for weeks, is also thought to be at risk of further measures.