How close is YOUR area to moving Covid levels up or down? The government graph shows how infection rates differ across England, as officials say "continuous improvement" may mean parts of the north are de-escalating in the New Year
- Public Health England's graph shows a sliding scale of infection rates with a clear division between the levels
- Warwickshire and Nottingham are dropping out of the third tier to ease restrictions, as the graph shows
- And falling infection rates could mean Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Lancashire are loosening the rules too
- PHE said, "Continuous improvements could make areas candidates for de-escalation in the New Year."
- It comes after a dispute broke out last night over the decision to put 99% of England in the tier two or three rules
An official graph showing coronavirus outbreaks across the country suggests there are parts of the north of England that could be "de-escalated" in January.
The graph published by Public Health England shows that some parts of the country have the fastest falling infection rates and health bosses are monitoring their "continuous improvement".
Although much of the north of the country and the Midlands will fall under the strictest Tier 3 rules at the end of the lockdown next Thursday, many areas may be on the way to relaxing the rules.
Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire are already close to moving into the second tier due to falling infection rates, as the graph shows, while a rapid decline in cases in South Yorkshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire could benefit them in the coming weeks.
The PHE report states: “This graph shows some decreases in weekly case rates in the north of England and other areas where case rates are high but declining. Continuous improvement in the coming period could turn these areas into candidates for de-escalation in the New Year. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Suffolk is one of the least affected areas in Tier Two and it might even be on the way to hopping into the coveted Tier One that only Cornwall and the Isle of Wight can currently afford.
A dispute broke out over the government's tiering decisions last night when MPs and members of the public in many tier 3 areas were outraged at having to face the strictest rules despite relatively low or improved infection rates.
The graph created by the Joint Biosecurity Center compares infection rates in the week ending November 19 with those in the week ending November 12.
Areas further to the right had higher infection rates in the past week, while those closer to the top had higher case rates the week before.
A larger circle dictates a higher rate of coronavirus cases in people 60 and older, which is one of the most important elements when assessing an area's outbreak.
In all places with blobs above the diagonal dotted line, infection rates decreased in the week between November 12 and 19. In the areas below the dotted line, infections increased – only Kent had a sharp increase.