A total of 36 local authorities will either move up or down one level from Saturday, but mostly in level 3 if the cases rise

The decision will come after London and parts of Hertfordshire and Essex were put under the highest restrictions earlier this week

People in Herefordshire are subject to the least stringent restrictions, although the COVID-19 situation is comparable to places that have remained in Tier 2, such as B. Dorset

These are the 36 districts whose restrictions were introduced on Jan. Changed December The rules for most of them will improve, but there are three areas that have improved Tier 1 2 3

Herefordshire’s current infection rate is among the lowest in the country – but is still higher than other Tier 1 areas and is similar to areas that remain in Tier 2 areas such as Dorset or South Hams in Devon

The other two areas where restrictions are being relaxed are Bristol and North Somerset from Tier 3 to 2. Their current infection rates are half the Tier 3 average and are similar to Tier 2 areas but areas with similar COVID -19 situation have stayed in Tier 3, including Derbyshire Dales and Tameside in Greater Manchester

The number of cases in these three areas has not changed significantly since last week. Cases have decreased in only 52 regions – three quarters are in Tier 3

Herefordshire also has one of the lowest rates in the over 60s, which the government takes into account when deciding on levels The over 60s rate in Bristol and North Somerset is below the national average

In all improved areas, the positivity rate – the percentage of positive tests – is less than 5%, while most areas one step higher are above 5% The WHO recommends keeping the pandemic under control

The infection rate in those over 60 is above the national average in only 5 of the new areas that have reached Tier 3

Cases in all new areas moved to Tier 3 are up from the previous week but there are differences in infection rates Areas like Luton and Peterborough are among the highest, but Gosport and North Hertfordshire are below the national average / p>

There was confusion among MPs after some areas had levels shifted while others had similar numbers from the five criteria that the government hadn’t changed

Former Secretary Steve Baker, vice-chairman of the COVID Recovery Group of Lockdown-skeptical Conservatives, said: “Following a full and damaging national lockdown, millions more people and businesses across the country are facing tighter restrictions

“The government urgently needs to clarify the criteria for relocating areas between and in particular downwards”

The government initially merged entire counties after SAGE – the government’s scientific advisors – warned of “fringe effects” – people moving between areas spreading the virus

This included Kent, who, although he has been since 2 December is in Tier 3 has some of the worst numbers in England, prompting Mr Hancock to warn the people of Kent to “act like they have the virus”

But now Mr Hancock has said, “We are ready to move to a more local level where the data and human regions allow”

This has caused trouble for MPs and local leaders whose areas have remained at a higher level than county while other areas have been divided

Waverley is the only area in Surrey that avoids a tier 3 switch, while only Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth in Hampshire and only Hastings and Rother in East Sussex switch to tier 3

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 Tory Backbenchers Committee and MP for Greater Manchester, asked what more the region could do to get out of Tier 3

“The statement is received with dismay in Greater Manchester, where we have had strict restrictions for nine months – rates are below the national average in nine of the ten counties,” he said

The government has announced that the latest tier system, which was released on Jan. December was started based on the following factors: infection rates in all age groups, infection rates in 60+ years, rate of increase or decrease of cases, positivity rate – percentage of positive tests – and NHS pressure

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has found that an increase of more than 25% from the April peak is cause for concern – only London is below that threshold

However, Mr Hancock appeared to add to the criteria on Thursday after saying, “While each metric is important in itself, the interplay between each indicator is equally important for a given area, so a hard and fast number and threshold for each Metric is not appropriate “

The law requires the government to review the levels at least every 14 days, so the next review is on Jan. December takes place

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