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Over 1.1m people in Birmingham are set for ‘city wide lockdown style’

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
11th Sep 20 12:05 pm

Infections across Birmingham have rocketed and it is “very likely” that tough additional restrictions will be imposed across the city today.

The latest seven-day rate for Birmingham to 8 September, according to NHS Digital data shows a whopping 78.2 cases per 100,000 population.

Birmingham had 892 cases over the period which is the highest the city has seen since the peak in April.

Last month the city had just 30 cases per 100,000 population and was then classed as an area in need of “enhanced support.”

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street who met with government officials in London this week, said it is “very, very likely” additional restrictions will be imposed.

No final decision has been made as yet, but Street added, the “simplest form of restriction would be city-wide.”

Jess Phillips MP for Birmingham Yardley, told ITV’s Peston on Wednesday that lockdown-style measures are looking “increasingly inevitable.”

Dr Justin Varney Birmingham’s director of public health warned that uptick in infections is “linked primarily to private household gatherings,” during the bank holiday weekend.

The Mayor said that younger people must “take responsibility” as the largest growth has been seen with the under 40s.

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