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New coronavirus measures for Nottinghamshire are proportionate, says Newark MP Robert Jenrick following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement of new three-tier coronavirus risk system

Newark MP Robert Jenrick says new coronavirus measures for Nottinghamshire are proportionate and the next few weeks will be challenging.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson placed Nottinghamshire in the high risk category in the new national system of coronavirus restrictions today.

Robert Jenrick at Castle House.
Robert Jenrick at Castle House.

It means a ban on mixing between households indoors will officially come into force from Wednesday. The rule of six will continue to be in place outdoors, including private gardens.

Shops, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to remain open.

Mr Jenrick said: "The number of covid cases is rising significantly in the county and even more so in the city.

"Given the lag time involved, there will inevitably be a corresponding rise and hospitalisations to come.

"The coming weeks will be challenging.

"Now is the right time to take further action.

"None of us would want to place yet more pressure on our local businesses and on the freedoms of local people, but we must take these proportionate steps to bear down on the rate of transmission and protect the local NHS."

In his speech to Parliament, Mr Johnson said the action was needed to halt the spread of coronavirus and prevent the NHS being overwhelmed.

A significant part of England will be covered by the medium risk level, the lowest tier of risk and the one that is lower than Nottinghamshire's classification.

Local authorities in Nottinghamshire had already encouraged households not to mix, ahead of the official announcement, following a huge increase in cases.

The high level, which Nottinghamshire is in, will see people prevented from socialising with other households indoors.

Most areas already living under local restrictions such as Greater Manchester and Birmingham will move into this category.

The very high risk level, the highest tier, sees people banned from socialising with other households both indoors and in private gardens while bars and pubs will close unless they can operate as restaurants.

The whole of Nottinghamshire had been expected to move into the very high risk tier because of ever-increasing infection rates.

Liverpool is to be placed in the very high risk category from Wednesday. As of today, Nottingham city has an infection rate of 830 per 100,000 and is the worst affected in the country, while Liverpool has a rate of 598.5, the third worst in England.

A range of factors are considered when making the designations including cases per 100,000 but also in which those cases are occurring, such as universities and prisons versus the wider community and the number of hospitalisations.

The Advertiser understands the government remains very concerned about Nottingham city and it is possible it could enter tier three.

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