All but three places will be plunged into Tier Three or Two (shown in red and orange) when England's national shutdown ends on Wednesday
Number 10 today published a breakdown of England's lockdown tiers in a desperate attempt to justify the brutal curbs to the public as Boris Johnson announced all but three places will be plunged into the toughest brackets.
The document, released as it emerged almost 99 per cent of the population will be living in some form of lockdown when the national intervention finally ends on December 2, vaguely details why different restrictions were allocated to each area but doesn't reveal the exact thresholds for the decisions.
It seems to be a direct response to fierce criticism about transparency levelled at the Government by scientists and its own MPs, who accused ministers of using 'finger in the air' criteria to make the crucial decisions.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In Tier Three Manchester, for example, the Department of Health breakdown said 'while there has been continued improvement', weekly infections remain too high, 'especially in those over 60, at around 260 per 100,000 people.'
Tagged on the end of Manchester's explanation is a vague message about the pressure on the local NHS 'remaining a concern', especially in 'Manchester University hospital and Pennine Acute Trust'.
Improvements have been seen in overall case rates in Tier Three Leicester, according to the breakdown, 'but remain very high at 355 per 100,000, including in over 60s at 250'. The DoH document adds: 'The pressure on the local NHS remains very high.'
Oxford University' Carl Heneghan, professor in evidence-based medicine and epidemiologist, told MailOnline without 'clear, objective criteria', people are often left confused about why they are being punished and what behaviour they need to adjust to move out of the tougher lockdown brackets.
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth demanded that the government publishes a 'scorecard' showing exactly how each area measured against its criteria for deciding Tiers amid complaints they are too vague, and the geographical areas too broad.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre will review the Covid situation in areas every two weeks and sign off on proposals to upgrade or downgrade places, though the final decision remains with the PM. However, there are no specific trigger thresholds for coming in or out of Tiers.
But Professor Heneghan said officials 'need to be much more flexible and reactive' so regions can be freed from the economically-damaging curbs at the drop of a hat if the virus starts trending in the right direction.
Adding to confusion, the regional tier breakdown published on Parliament's website contained a series of question marks alongside some of the areas listed. It was not immediately clear why the question marks were on the document or if was an early draft of the document mistakenly released.
It adds to a catalogue of blunders by UK health officials who in September lost nearly 16,000 Covid test results due to a Microsoft’s Excel glitch and were four months late in launching their 'world beating' Test and Trace app.
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The regional tier breakdown published on Parliament's website contained a series of question marks alongside some of the areas listed. It was not immediately clear why the question marks were on the document or if was an early draft of the document mistakenly released