Health Secretary announces move of more areas to Tier 4

Matt Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has today (December 30) announced 23 more areas moving up into Tier 4 and others moving into Tier 3 as of tomorrow morning.

Kent remains in Tier 4.

Between 18 and 24 December the weekly case rate in England rose to  402.6 per 100,000, a 32% increase on the previous week. The NHS reports 14,915 patients have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in the past week, a 18% increase on the week before.

There were 53,135 new positive tests yesterday and there are currently 21,000 people in hospital with covid.

The majority of the cases identified in London, the South East and the East of England are of the new variant. Infection rates have increased faster than expected in these areas where the new strain has been circulating and stronger measures are required to get the virus under control.

Tier 3 and 4 areas will continue to be prioritised for community testing, with more than 100 local authorities now having signed up to the enhanced testing support programme.

Moved to Tier 4

Leicester City

Leicestershire (Oadby and Wigston, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Blaby, Charnwood, North West Leicestershire, Melton)

Lincolnshire (City of Lincoln, Boston, South Kesteven, West Lindsey, North Kesteven, South Holland, East Lindsey)

Northamptonshire (Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough)

Derby and Derbyshire (Derby, Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Erewash, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak)

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (Gedling, Ashfield, Mansfield, Rushcliffe, Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, Broxtowe)

Birmingham and Black Country (Dudley, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton)



Warwickshire (Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwick, North Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (East Staffordshire, Stafford, South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Staffordshire Moorlands, Newcastle under Lyme, Tamworth, Stoke-on-Trent)

Lancashire (Burnley, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, Blackpool, Preston, Hyndburn, Chorley, Fylde, Lancaster, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre)

Cheshire and Warrington (Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington)

Cumbria (Eden, Carlisle, South Lakeland, Barrow-in-Furness, Copeland, Allerdale)

Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan)

Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees )

North East (County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside, Sunderland)

Gloucestershire (Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Cotswolds, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cheltenham)

Somerset Council (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, South Somerset)


Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Isle of Wight

New Forest

Moved to Tier 3


Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin

Worcestershire (Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest)


Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens)

York and North Yorkshire (Scarborough, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Selby, Craven, Ryedale, Harrogate, City of York)

Bath and North East Somerset

Devon, Plymouth, Torbay (East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon, Plymouth, Torbay)




Tier 4 explained – what is closed, who you can meet, Christmas and where you can travel


  1. Might as well have a full lockdown like we had back in March. At least everyone knows where they stand. This Yo,Yo approach does not work…

    • Tier 4 for all is what was needed a month or more back-as usual the government not listening to the science & acting way past the point for where it would have maximum effectiveness.

  2. If everyone in this world of ours, followed the guide lines from various governments across the globe. We would not be in this mess.Why do people insist flying around the world. Beggars belief

  3. For some perspective on it all, from a Telegraph article this week: “Almost three times as many under 60s died in road crashes last year as those without health conditions killed by coronavirus, NHS data shows.
    Just 388 people under the age of 60 with no underlying health conditions have died of coronavirus in England, NHS data has revealed.
    The figures show that only 0.8 per cent of all deaths from coronavirus between April 2 and December 23 came from this group of the population.
    In the same time 45,770 people had died with underlying health conditions, while 1,979 were viewed as healthy.
    Of these, only 388 were between 40 and 59, 44 were between the ages of 20 and 39, and only six were younger than 19.
    In comparison, during the whole of 2019, 955 under-60s died on England’s roads.
    It comes amid further criticism of the Government that their policy on lockdown and the tier system is doing more damage to the economy and mental health of it’s working-age population than only shielding the vulnerable.”

    Doesn’t matter what you think of msm, they make sure these figures are right just now. But of course ignore the flaws in the testing system as highlighted by the British Medical Journal recently. And always look at how many deaths had underlying health conditions – unfortunately autopsies often suspended after the Coronavirus act 2020.

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