Returning to lower restrictions would be 'best Christmas present' for Stafford

Returning to the lowest tier of coronavirus restrictions would the "best Christmas present" people could give each other, a council leader has said.

Patrick Farrington
Patrick Farrington

Councillor Patrick Farrington, leader of Stafford Borough Council, urged residents to do their bit to ensure the area returns to Tier 1 before the holiday.

It comes after the whole of Staffordshire entered the second tier of restrictions – which bans households mixing indoors – just after midnight on Saturday morning.

Councillor Farrington has now written to all households in the borough calling for them all to work together and follow the rules to curb Covid-19 cases.

Latest Covid-19 infection rates in the region

The latest rolling seven-day infection rate of Covid-19 by local authority area, compared to the previous week.

The figures are for the seven days to October 26, with data for the most recent four days (October 27-30) excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 26; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 26; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 19; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 19.

  • South Staffordshire 401.1 (451), 237.5 (267)

  • Cannock Chase 343.4 (346), 230.2 (232)

  • Walsall 336.3 (960), 235.0 (671)

  • Sandwell 317.9 (1044), 223.5 (734)

  • Stoke-on-Trent 315.9 (810), 221.6 (568)

  • Birmingham 276.4 (3156), 240.6 (2747)

  • Dudley 260.6 (838), 163.9 (527)

  • Wolverhampton 251.0 (661), 197.8 (521)

  • Stafford 243.3 (334), 162.4 (223)

  • Lichfield 234.8 (246), 164.2 (172)

  • Solihull 229.2 (496), 225.5 (488)

  • Telford and Wrekin 219.6 (395), 168.5 (303)

  • Shropshire 135.5 (438), 87.3 (282)

He said: "Our community has made many sacrifices to help try and control the spread of this virus but unfortunately the Government will be moving us to the higher level.

"We now must work together to protect our older and vulnerable residents, keep our schools open, protect our NHS and ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed.

"We can protect our local businesses, prevent further restrictions on our lives and livelihoods and keep our families safe.

"We are at a critical point in fighting this pandemic and I am confident with the support of the whole community we can get back to Medium alert soon – and that will be the best Christmas present we can give each other."

More Covid-19 coverage:

Government ministers made the move to place Staffordshire in Tier 2 alongside Dudley – which brings the areas in line with the rest of the West Midlands which also have the same measures.

Stafford's infection rate for the week to October 26 was 243.3 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 162.4 the week before.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there had been a "worrying rise" in cases across the country with "clear decisive" action needed to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Top Stories

More from the Express & Star

UK & International News