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What tier is Cambridgeshire in? The new Covid-19 tiers for England in full




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Cambridgeshire is now in Tier 4.

Health secretary Matt Hancock. Picture: PA (43609452)
Health secretary Matt Hancock. Picture: PA (43609452)

Cambridgeshire remained in Tier 2 on December 17 - but neighbouring Peterborough, along with the whole of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire will move into Tier 3 of the government’s coronavirus restrictions, health secretary Matt Hancock announced.

The rules took effect from Saturday December 19, following the first full review of England’s tier allocations.

Cases in the East of England region are up two-thirds and hospital admissions up by nearly half in the last week.

But Suffolk and Norfolk will remain in Tier 2, along with Cambridgeshire.

Mr Hancock confirmed that areas moving into Tier 3 are:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Berkshire
  • Peterborough
  • The whole of Hertfordshire
  • Surrey with the exception of Waverley
  • Hastings and Rother on the Kent border of East Sussex
  • Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant in Hampshire.

A few areas are moving down tiers:

  • Bristol and North Somerset will move from Tier 3 to Tier 2
  • Herefordshire will move from Tier 2 to Tier 1

It follows the decision to place all 32 London boroughs, and the City of London, into Tier 3, from Wednesday December 16.

In Essex, the following areas also moved to Tier 3 from December 16:

  • Basildon
  • Brentwood
  • Harlow
  • Epping Forest
  • Castle Point
  • Rochford
  • Maldon
  • Braintree
  • Chelmsford
  • Thurrock
  • Southend-on-Sea

In Hertfordshire, Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers also moved into Tier 3 from Wednesday, and will be joined by the county’s other districts from Saturday.

Mr Hancock told MPs that the UK had “come so far” and “mustn’t blow it now”.

“As we enter the coldest months we must be vigilant and keep this virus under control,” he added.

Covid Tier 1 restrictions
Covid Tier 1 restrictions
Covid Tier 2 restrictions
Covid Tier 2 restrictions
Covid Tier 3 restrictions
Covid Tier 3 restrictions

“I know that Tier 3 measures are tough. But the best way for everyone to get out of them is to pull together, not just to follow the rules but do everything they possibly can to stop the spread of the virus.”

It was “vital that everyone sticks at it and does the right thing, especially over this Christmas period”, he said.

And he pointed out that because a third of people with coronavirus had no symptoms, it was a “silent disease” and “everyone, therefore, has a personal responsibility to play their part in keeping this pandemic under control”.

The changes come amid mounting concern about the prospect of a surge in cases following the easing of restrictions over the Christmas period.

Tier 3 restrictions mean pubs and restaurants will be takeaway only.

James Palmer, mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, has said he is “disappointed” for Peterborough, and issued a warning against complacency for Cambridgeshire residents.

Covid-19 restrictions in England. Graphic: PA (43610199)
Covid-19 restrictions in England. Graphic: PA (43610199)

The latest figures from NHS Test and Trace showed:

  • A total of 109,167 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England at least once in the week to December 9, up 12 per cent on the previous week but below the peak of 168,535 recorded in the seven days to November 11.
  • Of the 96,631 people transferred to the Test and Trace system in the week to December 9, 86.7per cent were reached and asked to provide details of recent close contacts.
  • Some 92.7 per cent of close contacts were reached, although due to changes in methodology those figures cannot be compared with rates from earlier in the pandemic.
  • Just 59.8 per cent of people who received an in-person test received their result within 24 hours, down from 64.9 per cent in the previous week and far short of the Prime Minister’s promise to get all results back within that timeframe.
Confirmed daily cases of Covid-19 in England. Graphic: PA (43609450)
Confirmed daily cases of Covid-19 in England. Graphic: PA (43609450)

England’s tier list in full as of Thursday December 17, with changes from Saturday December 19 marked in existing tiers

See our December 19 update

Tier 1: Medium alert

South East

  • Isle of Wight

South West

  • Cornwall
  • Isles of Scilly

Tier 2: High alert

East of England

  • Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (will move to Tier 3 from the beginning of Saturday 19 December)
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Some local authorities in Essex (Colchester, Tendring and Uttlesford)
  • Some local authorities in Hertfordshire (Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, North Hertfordshire, St Albans, Stevenage, Welwyn Hatfield) will move to Tier 3 from the beginning of Saturday 19 December
  • Peterborough (will move to Tier 3 from the beginning of Saturday 19 December)
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • East Midlands
  • Northamptonshire
  • Rutland
  • North West
  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Warrington and Cheshire
  • South East
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Berkshire (currently all of Berkshire except Slough is in Tier 2. From the beginning of Saturday 19 December, all of Berkshire will be in Tier 3)
  • Buckinghamshire (will move to Tier 3 from the beginning of Saturday 19 December)
  • East Sussex (currently all of East Sussex is in Tier 2. From the beginning of Saturday 19 December, Hastings and Rother will move to Tier 3)
  • Hampshire (currently all of Hampshire is in Tier 2. From the beginning of Saturday 19 December, Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth will move to Tier 3)
  • Oxfordshire
  • Surrey (all local authorities, excluding Waverley, will move to Tier 3 from the beginning of Saturday 19 December)
  • West Sussex
  • South West
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • Devon, including Plymouth and Torbay
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire (Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury)
  • Somerset (South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor)
  • Wiltshire and Swindon
  • West Midlands
  • Herefordshire (will move to Tier 1 from the beginning of Saturday 19 December)
  • Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin
  • Worcestershire
  • Yorkshire
  • City of York
  • North Yorkshire

Tier 3: Very High alert

East of England

  • some local authorities in Essex (Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock)
  • some local authorities in Hertfordshire (Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford)

East Midlands

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

London

  • All 32 boroughs plus the City of London

North East

  • North East Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland)
  • North of Tyne Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland)
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees)

North West

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool

South East

  • Kent and Medway
  • Slough

South West

  • Bristol (will move to Tier 2 from the beginning of Saturday 19 December)
  • North Somerset (will move to Tier 2 from the beginning of Saturday 19 December)
  • South Gloucestershire

West Midlands

  • Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

Yorkshire and The Humber

  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Kingston upon Hull/Hull
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
Weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases in England. Graphic: PA (43610197)
Weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases in England. Graphic: PA (43610197)

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