Government explains why Derbyshire was moved into Tier 4

The Government has revealed why Derbyshire was escalated to the toughest tier of coronavirus restrictions.

Sunday, 3rd January 2021, 3:56 pm

On New Year’s Eve, the entire county entered Tier 4 – which includes a ‘stay at home’ order and the closure of businesses such as non-essential shops, hairdressers and gyms.

In a statement issued on New Year’s Eve, the Government explained the reasons for the move.

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Concerns are growing about coronavirus across the country.

It said: “The situation in Derby and Derbyshire has deteriorated across the majority of the area.

“Case rate increases of above 20 per cent have been seen in all local authorities apart from Bolsover and Derby and are most worrying in Derbyshire Dales and Erewash where there has been an 85 per cent and 40 per cent increase respectively over the last seven days.

“Case rates in all ages are generally high and are of particular concern in Derby, Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire which are all over 200 per 100,000.

“Case rates in people aged over 60 are most concerning in South Derbyshire and Amber Valley where they are above 200 per 100,000 and increasing.

“In the local NHS (Joined Up Care Derbyshire), Covid-19 admissions have been variable over the past seven days.

“The total number of Covid-19 patients has increased while occupancy is stable.

“The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by Covid-19 patients is higher than the national average.

“The deterioration and high level of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 4.”

The Government decides which areas in England go into which of the four tiers based on the following:

- case detection rates in all age groups

- case detection rates in the over 60s

- the rate at which cases are rising or falling

- positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)

- pressure on the NHS

The Government is expected to review the tier system again on January 13.

Derbyshire Covid-19 positive tests per 100,000 people in the latest week (December 22 to December 28)

Amber Valley: 368

Bolsover: 249

Chesterfield: 169

Derby: 299

Derbyshire Dales: 152

Erewash: 192

High Peak: 145

North East Derbyshire: 214

South Derbyshire: 260

England national average: 307

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