There will be “inevitably” inconsistencies in the new three-tier lockdown system, Boris Johnson said, adding that strict COVID-19 rules can be avoided as the city emerges with the highest infection rate in England.
Nottingham will be placed in the “high” section Coronavirus Warning level – Medium level between “medium” and “very high” – when The new system went into effect on Wednesday.
A total of 2,77 new7 new ones COVID-19 Incidents were recorded in the city of East Midlands from seven days to 9 October, equivalent to 834.2 cases per 100,000 people.
This is 425 out of 100,000 people in the previous seven days (week to October 2). The new case represents a huge leap.
The city has the highest infection rate in five years, the second highest in England – Knowlesley – which is now well ahead with 656.9 cases per 100,000.
Nottingham City Council leader David Mellen suggested there were two reasons why the city was not placed at a “very high” level.
“The first is that our hospitals are not at that level at the moment,” he said. “A lot of big preparations are going on here, but they are not complete.
“The second is that the cases did not spread to the elderly in large numbers. Most of our cases are now among the younger ones.”
So far only the Liverpool City area has been limited to the “very high” category.
The region’s mayor, Steve Rotherham, has claimed that the city’s new measures are “determined by the government.”
At a Downing Street news conference on Monday, the Prime Minister quizzed about the ambiguity in the tiring of English territories.
Mr Johnson was challenged by criticism of the region’s mayor, Andy Street, ‘s decision to keep the West Midlands in the “high” category.
“There is a mismatch between the levels and the feelings of the people – this is inevitably going to happen in a complex campaign against this national epidemic,” she said.
“I don’t want to keep the West Midlands, I don’t want to keep the measures we have to take anywhere … but we have to lose that virus, it’s necessary.
“I fear it is rising in the West Midlands, as it is across the country.
“There is no area where it is no longer growing, alas and that is why we have taken particularly dynamic measures, especially in the worst affected areas.”
Mr Street had earlier called on the government to review its decision to keep the West Midlands in the second tier “as soon as possible”.
“I’ve always argued that data and evidence lead to decision making, and so I’m very surprised that the West Midlands, where the average infection rate was 123 per 100,000, is now at the same level as Manchester, with an average of 550 per 100,000.” The higher the infection rate, ”he said in a statement.
“Reflecting this, I am very disappointed that the government has not found a more flexible approach to our situation.”