Is Birmingham in local lockdown?

BRITAIN'S second city is sitting on the edge of lockdown, health chiefs fear.

Here's everything you need to know about Birmingham's lockdown fate.

Is Birmingham in local lockdown?

No, Birmingham is not currently in local lockdown.

However, it could be soon health chiefs warned.

Director of public health Dr Justin Varney said it was likely that the city would feature in the national “watch list” due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.

He said : "We could very easily be in a situation like we have seen in Leicester and Greater Manchester.

"If we have to go back into lockdown local businesses will suffer too.

"It's about jobs, about kids being able to get back to school – the decisions we make now have an impact on all of those things."

Has there been a rise in cases?

In the beginning of August, the city had an infection rate of around 12 cases per 100,00 population.

In the second week of August, that number doubled to 24 and today the infection stands at “around 30”.

The rise in cases has been in part due to more people being tested but according to Dr Varney, “there has been a real rise in infection transmission”.

What other cities in the UK have been placed into lockdown?

On July 30, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that parts of Northern England would start to face new restrictions due to localised outbreaks.

“Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe,” he tweeted.

“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing.

“So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.”

At the moment, Leicester remains under limited lockdown restrictions, with residents awaiting news of the next review.

Manchester is also unlikely to see its lockdown lifted for a while too.

The affected areas are:

Greater Manchester

  • City of Manchester
  • Trafford
  • Stockport
  • Oldham
  • Bury
  • Wigan
  • Bolton
  • Tameside
  • Rochdale
  • Salford

Lancashire

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Burnley
  • Hyndburn
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Rossendale

West Yorkshire

  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Kirklees

Scotland

  • Aberdeen

According to Public Health England Pendle has the highest infection rate in England at 89.7 cases per 100,000 people, in details released on August 14.

Oldham is also facing a rise with the council urging residents “act now” to avoid a Leicester-style local lockdown.

Which cities are on the watch list?

The Government's lockdown watchlist was first published on April 23 and was last updated on August 14, when Newark and Sherwood was added.

The current standings are based on samples taken between August 3 and August 9:

1. Pendle

2. Oldham

3. Blackburn with Darwen

4. Bradford

5. Leicester

6. Calderdale

7. Burnley

8. Preston

9. Rochdale

10. Manchester

11. Tameside

12. Salford

13. Bolton

14. Bury

15. Kirklees

16. Hyndburn

17. Stockport

18. Trafford

19. Wigan

20. Rossendale

21. Luton

22. Swindon

23. Northampton

24. Newark and Sherwood

25. Oadby and Wigston

26. Sandwell

27. Wakefield

28. Bedford

29. Peterborough

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