Ebene News – GB – Review of local restriction levels: December 30, 2020

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A written statement from the House of Commons Secretary for Health and Social Affairs providing an update on local restriction levels in England

Yesterday we did the last formal review of tier allocations in England. Allocations and a detailed rationale can be found below

The new variant means that most of the country is now at level 4 and most of the country is now at level 3 and 4 This is absolutely necessary Where we can still give places greater freedoms, we will continue to do so. do

As stated in the COVID-19 winter plan, there are 5 indicators that guide our decisions for a given area, in addition to taking “human geographies” into account as travel patterns

These aren’t easy decisions, but they were made using the best clinical advice and the best data possible from the JBC

Regulations will force government to review allowances at least every 14 days We will also take urgent action when data suggests it is necessary

We will also deposit a complete list and the data packs used to inform these decisions in the libraries of both houses

These changes will apply from Thursday 31 December 2020 This list has also been posted on GOV The UK and a postcode checker will be available to the public to check which rules apply in their area

New variant of SARS-CoV-2 circulates in England Strain exhibits increased transmissibility There is currently no evidence that the variant is more likely to cause serious illness or death, but investigations are continuing majority of cases identified in London, South East and East England are of the new strain Spread is increasing in South West, Midlands and parts of North West

Evidence shows that infection rates in geographic areas where this particular variant has circulated have increased faster than expected, and modeling evidence has shown that this variant has a higher rate of transmission than other variants. in current circulation The rate of growth of the case rate is closely correlated with the presence of the new variant

In London, the rate of cases at all ages and among people aged 60 and over continues to increase in all local authorities

The weekly case rate in London is the highest of the nine regions in England at 814 per 100,000 and increased by 53% last week The rate of cases among people aged 60 and over has also increased by 71% over the last week and is now 551 per 100,000

There are variations between local authorities in London, with the lowest case rate in Kensington and Chelsea (524 per 100,000) and the highest in Havering (1,290 per 100,000) Five local authorities now have case rates above 1,000 per 100,000 (Havering, Redbridge, Bexley, Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets) In London NHS Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) areas (South West London STP, South East London STP, North East London STP, North Central London STP and North West London STP), daily COVID bed occupancy is above the national average and continues to rise

The proportion of intensive care or mechanically ventilated beds occupied by COVID patients remains high and continues to increase South East London STP is currently experiencing the highest COVID growth rate in London, with pressure remaining particularly acute for North East London STP (although growth rates have declined since the previous week) Overall the situation remains very worrying and justifies London to remain in Tier 4

In the east of England, the situation continued to deteriorate, with a significant increase in case rates at all ages (up 52% ​​to 581 per 100,000 per week) and among people aged 60 and over (up 62% to 326 per 100,000 per week) The region has the second highest case rate of the 9 regions and case rates continue to rise in all local authorities There has 10 local authorities with case rates above 1,000 per 100,000 (Brentwood, Epping Forest, Thurrock, Castle Point, Southend-on-Sea, Basildon, Broxbourne and Rochford

In the region, case rates range from 182 per 100,000 in East Suffolk to 1,510 per 100,000 in Brentwood Across the East of England NHS STP (Norfolk and Waveney STP, Cambridge and Peterborough STP, Hertfordshire and West Essex STP, Mid and South Essex STP, Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes STP and Suffolk and North East Essex STP), COVID hospital admissions are on the rise, with Hertfordshire and West Essex STP and Mid and South Essex STP in critical position

The daily COVID bed occupancy rate has now reached or exceeded the national average for acute hospitals (with the exception of Cambridge and Peterborough STP which is still below the national average) and continues to rise The proportion of intensive care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients has risen sharply The demand for COVID on local NHS hospitals remains high, and has risen sharply and shows little sign of reduction

For the 2 critical STPs (Hertfordshire and West Essex STP and Mid and South Essex STP), the daily COVID bed occupancy rate is at critical levels, has increased well above the national average for hospitals in short duration in the last 7 days and continues to increase steeply Overall the situation remains very worrying and justifies all areas of East England to remain at level 4

The South East has the third highest case rate of the 9 regions in England; and the situation continued to deteriorate in most of the region Case rates continued to increase at all ages (from 36% to 476 per 100,000 per week) and among people aged 60 and over ( from 40% to 294 per 100,000 per week) Seven local authorities saw case rates rise by more than 100% last week (Eastleigh, Chichester, Worthing, Southampton, Adur, Horsham and Windsor and Maidenhead) In STP’s of South East NHS (Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP, Sussex STP, Frimley STP, Buckinghamshire STP, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP, Kent and Medway STP, Surrey Heartlands STP), the number of daily admissions to COVID hospital and bed occupancy continues to increase

In Kent and Medway STP, COVID daily bed occupancy rate is above national average for acute hospitals and continues to increase, proportion of intensive care or mechanically ventilated beds occupied by COVID patients remaining high and showing no signs of reduction in the past 10 days At Surrey Heartlands STP, additional intensive care capacity in Ashford and St Peters has been opened and support provided to the Kent system Overall, the situation remains very worrying and justifies that the South-East remains at rank 4

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Ebene News – GB – Review of local restriction levels: December 30, 2020

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/review-of-local-restriction-tiers-30-december-2020