Further lockdown restrictions are “imminent” in Lichfield and Burntwood unless the COVID-19 infection rate is brought under control, an MP has warned.
It comes after concern was raised earlier this week that the district and Staffordshire as a whole are seeing a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.
But Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said the infection rate for Lichfield and Burntwood had jumped again, now standing at 146 per 100,000 people – a statistic that he warned would bring focus on the area.
“A rate over 140 is a warning signal to the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.
“Unless we can bring the infection rate down, Lichfield district will be heading imminently to Tier 2 which means high infection rules come into play.
“That means that while pubs and restaurants will remain open, only individual households are allowed to sit together. No mixing will be allowed indoors from different households. However, groups of six will still be able to meet outdoors.
“And if that doesn’t work, then we will enter Tier 3 which means very high infection rates leading to the tight restrictions we’ve seen in Liverpool and elsewhere.
“It’s up to us – either we respect the rules, which doctors say will help protect the lives of the vulnerable, or we will all suffer the consequences.”Michael Fabricant MP