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Birmingham lockdown MAPPED: New restrictions as covid cases rise – Where is in lockdown?

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Tougher restrictions will ber imposed on household mixing in Birmingham, and neighbouring Solihull and Sandwell boroughs, it was announced today. The West Midlands mayor, Andy Street, has announced the new measures after a rise in Covid-19 infections in the area. The rate of infection on September 7 was up to 85.4 per 100,000 people, up from 32 in the previous week.

Reading out a statement headed “Ban on household mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull”, the mayor said: “The following areas will now be escalated to an area of national intervention, with a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household.

“The ban will take effect from Tuesday 15th September, but residents are advised to avoid household mixing before then as it has been identified as one of the drivers of transmission.”

He added the bans applied to the whole of Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.

Andy Street, addressing a weekly call with regional journalists on Friday, concluded the statement by saying: “This decision has been made in collaboration with local leaders who are considering additional local measures to tackle the increase in the number of cases.”

He added: “So to emphasise, this is about mixing between households, it is not about prevention of schools, workplaces, transport, any of the other options – it is about household mixing.”

Mr Street said the full Government announcement on measures, potentially affecting other areas of the country, would be made “later”.



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