All of Nottinghamshire is being dragged into stage three amid spiraling coronavirus cases, while West Yorkshire is on the verge of toughest measures – and Hull faces are being moved into stage two.
Nearly 1.2 million people in the area will face the toughest lockdowns as of Friday after four of the eight local authorities – Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield and Newark – initially escaped the toughest restrictions.
Only the city of Nottingham and three neighboring regions were due to enter Stage Three at midnight tonight. However, after adding the other four local authorities, this deadline has been postponed by 24 hours.
A crisis meeting took place today at 9 a.m., at which the four local authorities should first move into the second stage. Nottinghamshire County Council informed MailOnline that the whole of Nottinghamshire is moving to the third stage. You are planning a press conference this afternoon with Council Chairman Kay Cutts.
Councilor Jason Zadrozny, chairman of Ashfield District Council, who attended the meeting, told Nottinghamshire Live after negotiations that they had managed to move the deadline for the restrictions to Friday morning.
Details of what restrictions will be put in place – including whether to close pubs, bars and gyms – are yet to be announced.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, whose constituency in Newark dodged the third stage in the first round of talks, has told the BBC that it "makes sense" to bring all of Nottinghamshire to the limit.
Nottingham City recorded a 36.7 percent decrease in the infection rate on October 18 compared to the previous week, for which data is available at the latest, when it fell from 926.7 to 586.7 cases per 100,000 people. In the surrounding Nottinghamshire region, the infection rate rose 16.9 percent over the same period from 220.5 to 257.7 per 100,000.
Nottingham hospitals started canceling cancer surgeries today in response to an increase in Covid-19 patient admissions at the two main hospitals.
It comes as West Yorkshire begins negotiations with Ministers to move into Stage Three. Discussions will focus on how to empower and track tests and support the vulnerable while protecting jobs and livelihoods.
But Kirklees – one of the five local authorities facing tougher measures – has "unanimously" rejected the proposals, warning ministers that without a "clear exit strategy" they will not join the controls. It has the lowest infection rate in West Yorkshire at 388.4 cases per 100,000 people for the week ending October 22, but that's more than double the England average at 181 per 100,000 for the week ending October 18 .
Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire are also currently in talks with ministers to move to Tier 2. Hull's infection rate rose to 248.3 per 100,000 in the week ended October 22.
West Yorkshire could move into Tier 3 next, affecting 1.8 million people. If it were dipped in tier three, it would follow neighbors South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester. Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire can also be moved to Tier 2
Kirklees has the lowest infection rate in the West Yorkshire area. All of Nottinghamshire can be moved to Tier 3
NOTTINGHAM CITY: The number of coronavirus cases in this area has decreased since October 1, before stricter restrictions were imposed across the region. It will move into tier three
MANSFIELD: This region was supposed to join the second stage, but the ministers have now decided to move it to the third stage
BASSETLAW: After a sustained increase in infections in the region, Bassetlaw is also being moved to the third stage
NEWARK AND SHERWOOD: Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick's constituency will also face the toughest lockdown restrictions. The fall rate is stable, as shown in the graph, but does not decrease
ASHFIELD: This local area will also join Tier 3 restrictions as the number of coronavirus cases there continues to grow
CANCER FARM IN NOTTINGHAM CANCELED THREE THREE MEASURES AGO
Nottingham hospital bosses have started canceling cancer operations due to "pressure on intensive care units".
The city and neighboring counties are preparing for Tier 3 restrictions to take effect Thursday – while a surge in cases has meant the rest of Nottinghamshire is expected to follow suit.
Keith Girling, medical director of the NHS Trust at Nottingham University Hospitals, said the trust made the "extremely difficult decision" to postpone four cancer surgeries this week.
The head of the NHS trust, which runs Nottingham's two main hospitals, previously said some non-urgent surgeries and appointments would have to be canceled due to a surge in Covid-19 admissions.
It is understood that the Trust has not implemented a blanket cancellation of cancer surgery.
Dr. Confirming the cancellation of some surgeries, Girling said, "We had to make the extremely difficult decision to postpone surgeries for four of our cancer / pre-cancer patients this week because of our Covid-19 intensive care units and non-Covid-related emergencies.
& # 39; We anticipate we will be treating one of the postponed patients next week and we are in contact with the others to schedule a new appointment that is imminent.
“This delay, however brief, will be incredibly difficult for patients and their families, and I am really sorry that this has created problems.
"We are working closely with partners and will be stepping up our work with the independent sector starting next week to ensure we can continue to perform urgent and cancer surgeries."
It is believed that confidence tests both pre-admission elective patients and inpatients on a regular basis – 6,000 have been tested to date.
Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood said the full announcement of Tier 3 restrictions in the city, expected Tuesday, was delayed because ministers wanted to extend the restrictions further.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday evening, the Labor MP said, “Yesterday we were told that we would go to Tier 3 on Thursday.
24 hours later and the public still doesn't know what that means, companies can't plan, people don't know if they will go to work on Thursday.
“The government has still not made the information available to the public to explain why additional restrictions are needed or what those restrictions will be. The public's trust is undermined by their sad communications.
“Now we hear that the announcement has been delayed because Ministers want to expand Tier 3 to all of Nottinghamshire – as I and others have been saying for days.
"Once again this government is wavering and delaying – and our constituents, our hospitals and local businesses in our city are paying the price."
Explaining the talks, Councilor Zadrozny said there has been little consultation with local leaders, instead being told what measures will take effect.
"The CCG and health officials have been pushing that hospitals will not be able to handle the curve unless they can handle the curve," he told Nottinghamshire Live.
& # 39; At Mansfield and Ashfield, the whole problem is with the 60+, and the curve climbs dramatically for people in intensive care who need ventilator care.
“The main admission we got is that they wanted to do it tonight at midnight, which was quite a joke to be honest.
& # 39; It was the main argument of the meeting but it would have meant closing a lot of businesses 12 hours in advance. This is ridiculous and we should have done it. & # 39;
Lee Anderson, Nottinghamshire MP in Ashfield, told voters this morning, “I spoke on the phone with senior government officials and other MPs last night and this morning.
“I will be completely honest with you as I expect all of Nottinghamshire to be placed in third tier. This is something I have been resolutely against, but the latest numbers are hard to refute. Our rates are rising while those in the city are falling. & # 39;
Councilor Francis Purdue-Horan, who represents an area for the Tier 3 Rushcliffe local government, told MailOnline that a crisis meeting has been scheduled at 9 a.m. for the four local areas that are to take Tier 2 action.
He added online: "An urgent meeting on Wednesday at 9 am between ministers, Chris Pincher MP and the council chairs of the districts that are not yet in Tier 3 (will be held)," he said.
"It is possible that all or most of the county could join Rushcliffe and the others in Stage Three."
Ben Bradley, MP for Mansfield, warned this morning that there had been a "big spike" in North Nottinghamshire, with Mansfield cases rising more than 50 percent to levels similar to the Broxtowe Tier 3 area.
"Please stay safe, follow the rules and do our best to get this under control," he said.
"Although we were banned from Tier 3 in these early conversations, there is still a real risk that we will run into these higher restrictions at these numbers."
A bipartisan statement by Kirklees Council released yesterday evening said officials would not have "felt comfortable" agreeing to Tier 3 without a clear exit strategy.
They added: "We are concerned about the mental health of the people of Kirklees, many of whom have been subject to local restrictions since July. At an already very difficult time, preventing people from visiting each other's gardens will be a heavy blow."
"For these reasons, the Kirklees Outbreak Control Board has unanimously agreed to urge the government not to put Kirklees in Tier 3 and instead build on the work we are doing to prevent the virus from spreading locally."
Huddersfield Labor MP Barry Sheerman tweeted yesterday: “A challenging but encouraging meeting of the Kirklees Outbreak Group, attended by all four MPs and Council Chairs.
"We are determined together to advocate staying in Tier 2 and working together against the virus!"
He told Yorkshire Live yesterday that the disease was "widespread" in the area, rates are rising and hospitals are "under pressure".
"I think they'll get us up the next row soon," he added. "It's inevitable."
Ministers often intervene to contain the surge in infections in response to projected hospital space constraints, fearing they could become overwhelmed.
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which provides health care in the area, has yet to cease operations or state that it has capacity issues.
The Trust had 13 critical care beds as of February 2020, the last date for which data is available, according to the NHS.
When the council moved to Tier 2 on October 14, the government provided the Kirklees council with an additional £ 7.6 million to support vital services.
Conservative MP Mark Eastwood said the support is "very welcome" and will help "ease financial pressures".
He added, "Just like we said we would stand behind people whose jobs are at risk, this conservative government keeps its promise to local authorities and ensures that they have the resources they need to help the people continue to support. "
More than 400,000 people live in the Kirklees region.
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR DIFFERENT LOCKDOWN ANIMALS?
Tier 1 restrictions reflect the restrictions already in place across England.
These include the rule of six, a curfew at 10 p.m., group sports that can only be played outdoors, and a maximum of 15 guests at wedding ceremonies.
Second level restrictions mean that people are prohibited from interacting with anyone outside their household or assisting bubbles indoors
Two households are allowed to meet in a private garden and in public outdoor areas, provided that the rule of six and social distancing are observed.
Traders – such as plumbers and electricians – can still go to work in a household.
Restaurants can be open, but only until 10 p.m.
Pubs and bars must be closed unless they also function as a restaurant.
This definition extends to pubs that sell "large" meals that, like restaurants, are allowed to stay open, but only serve alcohol to people eating a meal.
Locals are advised to leave their areas only for important travel such as work, education, or health and to return before the end of the day.
Overnight stays by people outside these "high-risk areas" are also prohibited. Households are not allowed to mix indoors or outdoors.
It is one of five local West Yorkshire authorities – which include Leeds, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield – that are having talks about moving the entire region to Tier 3.
Health Department statistics show cases are increasing in all five areas of West Yorkshire – with nearly 9,000 new infections in the week ending October 21. However, the Covid-19 outbreak in Leeds appears to have stabilized after rising in late September according to government statistics.
Nevertheless, the pressure from the virus can be felt in the region. Leeds Hospital's confidence is that it now has more Covid-19 patients than it did at the height of the pandemic.
In a tweet last night they said: “We have 263 patients in our beds who tested positive for Covid-19, 22 of them in intensive care. This means we have more Covid-19 patients in our hospitals than at the height of the pandemic in mid-April.
According to information from February this year, the trust has 104 intensive care beds, of which around 80 are usually occupied at this time of year.
Hull is also in talks about introducing Tier 2 restrictions, the city health chief confirmed this morning.
Julia Weldon told Viking FM that the city, along with the entire East Riding of Yorkshire, could be included in the tightened measures.
"Hull's rate and that of the wider Yorkshire and Humber region are increasing rapidly," she said. & # 39; Since implementing the coronavirus animal alert system, it was clear to us that we were expecting a change from medium to high.
“We are currently in talks with the government about whether and when this could happen. Any change in our local alert level will be communicated publicly, clearly and at the earliest possible time.
“It is absolutely essential that we all, no matter what the restrictions, do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus.
“We've all had months of it and as winter approaches it certainly won't get any easier. But now more than ever we have to go on. & # 39;
The infection rate for Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire is 248.3 and 238.9 per 100,000, respectively, below neighboring York at 299.6 and North East Lincolnshire at 319.6, which are not believed to be stricter restrictions acts.
It comes after SAGE warned that the UK's second wave of the pandemic could be more deadly than the first, with deaths peaking at lower levels but staying at those levels for far longer than the first.
The Scientific Advisory Group has also called for a national lockdown in December to warn that escalating infections could force the whole country into Tier 3 by the middle of the month.
But Mr Johnson faces a difficult balancing act with advisers calling for tighter restrictions while Tory MPs are demanding a lockdown exit strategy from the prime minister.
The Northern Research Group, of more than 50 Red Wall MPs, strongly believes the Prime Minister needs to release a roadmap on how areas can get out of Tier 3 as rebels warned that the north of England is being treated unfairly.
The group's efforts were spurred yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak when he said he shared MPs' frustrations with rule-imposing and "they want to know when it will be over".
Despite warnings from SAGE, Environment Secretary George Eustice insisted this morning that a national lockdown was "not appropriate" as "there is no point in being locked in those parts of the country where the incidence of the disease is very low" .
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