SLOUGH and Coventry will be plunged into a Tier 2 lockdown after a “rapid rise” in coronavirus cases.
People in Slough, Berks, will face tougher restrictions from tomorrow while communities in Coventry, West Mids., will experience them from midnight on Friday.
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They now join London, Essex, Leeds, Bolton and many others on the list of Tier 2 lockdowns.
The clampdown means that locals cannot mix with loved ones from other households inside their homes or pubs and restaurants.
But they can mix outside in parks and private gardens as long as they follow the rule of six.
Latest figures show that Slough had an increase of 53 infections yesterday, with a total of 1,522 cases overall.
The town has the highest number of Covid cases in Berkshire, with Reading second at 1,335 infections.
Tan Dhesi, Labour MP for Slough, said the “alarming” rise meant there was no other choice but to lock down.
He posted on Twitter: “Following my meeting with Health Minister Nadine Dorries, and with the agreement of Slough Borough Council and Public Health, given the alarming rapid rise in coronavirus cases, Slough will be going into Tier 2 from tomorrow.
“I appreciate these measures will be tough for many in the community.
“But please follow government guidance, so we can protect our NHS, and the lives and livelihoods of our loved ones.”
In Coventry, the rate has risen to 174 cases per 100,000 people.
The town recorded 127 new Covid cases yesterday, a notable spike rom the 94 infections added to figures the day before.
In the last seven days, there has been 733 cases in the city. This represents a 26.1 per cent increase from October 8 to 14.
Cllr George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said the rise infections meant the lockdown was “disappointing” but “inevitable”.
He told Coventry Live: “It is disappointing for all of us that we have moved up into Tier 2, but the reality is that a consistent increase in positive cases over the last few weeks made that inevitable.
“The move does bring additional restrictions and as a city we need to collectively set an objective to get back into Tier 1 as soon as we can.”
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