Staffordshire is reportedly, according to other local news outlets, to follow Stoke on Trent into stricter Tier 2 coronavirus control measures ‘by the end of the week’. The news broke this afternoon, as it was revealed that the county’s alert level will go from medium (Tier 1) to high (Tier 2) as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise rapidly.
Staffordshire County Council had lobbied the Government to remain in Tier 1 last week but the soaring infection rate across all areas appears to have prompted a rethink.
The change will mean families across Stone and the rest of the county will no longer be able to mix with other households indoors.
It will last at least two weeks before being reviewed.
Latest Public Health England figures show there have now been 10,768 cases since the start of the pandemic in the county with an additional 424 announced today (October 27).
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s director of health and care, is reported to have said: “The virus is spreading in Staffordshire largely through social contact, so this extra guidance on mixing indoors will hopefully help reduce the rate of infection.
“By sticking to the Covid High Alert rules, we have the best chance of not only curbing the spread of infection, but also of having these extra measures removed as quickly as possible.”
Stafford Borough which Stone area falls within, had a rate of 202 cases per 100,000 people as of October 24 according to Staffordshire County Council presentation.
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