Birmingham is hit by new lockdown as people are banned from mixing with ANYONE ...

Andy Street said he had been permitted to read out a statement headed 'Ban on household mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull'

Andy Street said he had been permitted to read out a statement headed 'Ban on household mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull'

Birmingham has been hit by a new lockdown as people are banned from mixing with anyone outside their own household from Tuesday.

West Midlands mayor Andy Street said he had been permitted to read out a statement headed 'Ban on household mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull', with the agreement of the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock - who had been due to make the announcement.

The mayor said: 'The following areas will now be escalated to an area of national intervention, with a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household.

'The ban will take effect from Tuesday 15th September, but residents are advised to avoid household mixing before then as it has been identified as one of the drivers of transmission.'

He added the bans applied to the whole of Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.

Meanwhile Liverpool city region has been included in the Government's coronavirus watch list due to a rising number of cases there.

Metropolitan mayor Steve Rotheram said: 'Over the past week we have seen a rapid increase in Coronavirus cases across the Liverpool City Region.

'We are not yet at the stage of having extra restrictions imposed on us - as other areas have - but if we continue on our current trajectory, it will become a case of when, not if this happens.'

He added: 'There is still time to stop that happening - but doing so depends on us and what we choose to do.'

It comes as the number of coronavirus patients being admitted to hospital in Birmingham is doubling every week.

Seven people are fighting for their lives in intensive care with the disease and 68 are on wards at the Queen Elizabeth and Heartlands NHS hospitals, according to local reports.

And hundreds of people in the city are now testing positive for the virus every week, meaning many could be just days away from needing hospital care.

Dr David Rosser, chief executive at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, said hospitals were seeing twice the amount of patients as last week.

He warned the virus was on 'an exponential curve' in the city and he expects admissions to double again in seven days. 

Birmingham's infection rate has now tipped 75 per 100,000 people, after more than 850 people caught the virus in a week.

The situation unfolding in England's second city, which is home to more than a million people, could be what is in store for the rest of the country if the current rise in cases cannot be brought under control. 

There are signs of hospital admissions rising nationally but they remain at low levels. 

But data shows cases are continuing to rise around the country, with the Office for National Statistics predicting there are 3,200 people catching the illness each day - a 50 per cent rise from its prediction of 2,200 last week.

Birmingham's Dr David Rosser had called for tougher restrictions - seen in Bolton, Leicester and parts of Scotland, Wales and the North West of England - to halt the virus in its tracks.

Birmingham's infection rate has now tipped 75 per 100,000 people, after more than 850 people caught the virus in a week.

The warning from the city's hospitals comes just days after the West Midlands mayor said tougher restrictions there are now 'very likely'.  

A map by Imperial College London predicts which areas will be hit with tough Covid-19 restrictions based on infection rates, with Birmingham highlighted in red

A map by Imperial College London predicts which areas will be hit with tough Covid-19 restrictions based on infection rates, with Birmingham highlighted in red

MailOnline analysis shows infections have surged from 9.2 to 28 cases per 100,000 since July 4, 'Super Saturday', in those aged 20 to 29 in England

MailOnline analysis shows infections have surged from 9.2 to 28 cases per 100,000 since July 4, 'Super Saturday', in those aged 20 to 29 in England

At the same time, cases in over 80 year olds have dropped drastically since the height of the pandemic, when they made up the majority of Covid-19 cases, and have halved since July. Infections have stayed stable among those in their 60s and 70s, while very slightly increasing in those between the ages of 40 to 59 years old

At the same time, cases in over 80 year olds have dropped drastically since the height of the pandemic, when they made up the majority of Covid-19 cases, and have halved since July. Infections have stayed stable among those in their 60s and 70s, while very slightly increasing in those between the ages of 40 to 59 years old

Dr Rosser told BirminghamLive: 'If I had a vote (about local measures) I would say to do something now.

LOCKDOWNS IN THE UK 

Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull

West Midlands mayor Andy Street said: 'The following areas will now be escalated to an area of national intervention, with a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household.

'The ban will take effect from Tuesday 15th September, but residents are advised to avoid household mixing before then as it has been identified as one of the drivers of transmission.'

He added the bans applied to the whole of Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.

Caerphilly, Wales

Wales's health minister has said local lockdown in the county borough of Caerphilly will not be lifted until October 'at the very least'.

People will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse after the restrictions come into force at 6pm on Tuesday.

Everyone over the age of 11 will be required to wear face coverings in shops – the first time this will be mandatory in Wales. Meetings with other people indoors and extended households will not be allowed, while overnight stays have also been banned.

Western Scotland

Lockdown restrictions on household visits across western parts of Scotland have been continued for a further week – as well as being extended to other council areas.

Measures – originally introduced in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire – now also apply to East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.

The restrictions bar people from visiting separate households in these parts of the country, while also prohibiting them from visiting homes in other local authorities which have not been impacted.

The measures also mean indoor visits to hospitals and care homes will be limited to essential visits only to protect the most vulnerable.

Bolton, England

Hospitality venues are being restricted to takeaway-only in Bolton as part of new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the town, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs.

Bolton Council said on Saturday it was introducing tougher measures 'with immediate effect', with people asked not to mix with other households in any setting, either indoors or outdoors, and to only use public transport for essential purposes.

The council said the new restrictions aim to prevent a local lockdown, after the town's infection rate increased to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week – the highest in England.

Those aged between 18 and 49 account for more than 90 per cent of the cases, the local authority said.

Parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston, and West Yorkshire

If people live in one of the affected areas they must not host people they do not live with in their home or garden, unless they are in their support bubble.

You also must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected area, unless they are in your support bubble, according to the Government website.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

Blackburn, Oldham and Pendle

As with the above, there is a ban on two households mixing indoors or in a garden.

People should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

And in specific areas with additional restrictions, people should not socialise with people they do not live with at indoor public venues or outdoor venues such as parks.

Leicester City

People should not have visitors to their homes or socialise with people they do not live with in other indoor public venues such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.

They also should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

There are no local lockdown measures in Northern Ireland so far.

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'Even if we brought in some sort of social measures today to stop the spread completely we would still expect to see cases double in a week - those people have already got it, they just don't know it yet.

'We have seen hospital admissions double in a week and I expect it to double in the next week again - it's an exponential curve. We are in the foothills of that curve.'

Health Secretary Matt Hancock had been mulling over a decision to introduce tougher restrictions on Birmingham and neighbouring Solihull.

Latest NHS Digital data shows the number of new infections in Birmingham up to Monday has soared to 856, a rate of 75 people per 100,000. The rate in Solihull is 61.

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Mr Hancock met with regional and local public health officials on Wednesday to thrash out plans about how to deal with Covid in the area.

The health secretary is chairing another meeting today where a decision is expected to be made and announced at some point over the weekend.

Dr Rosser, who was not invited to the lockdown talks, has advocated for some lockdown rules to be rolled back.

But he added: 'I am not advocating full lockdown, as I recognise the negative side of that (on the economy, mental health and so on) but the status quo will get us into trouble inevitably if we don't do something.'   

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