Today the Government reviewed the regional tier system, and I know a lot of residents have been anticipating this news.
As of 17 December, the national 7-day case rate stands at an average of 197.5 per 100,000
How does that compare locally?
RUTLAND'S CASE RATE
Cases in Rutland currently stand at 132.7 per 100,000
For those aged 60 and over, there are 62.9 cases per 100,000
MELTON'S CASE RATE
Cases in Melton currently stand at 216.8 per 100,000
For those aged 60 and over, there are 282.1 cases per 100,000
MARKET HARBOROUGH'S CASE RATE
Cases in Market Harborough currently stand at 150.3 per 100,000
For those aged 60 and over, there are 181.4 cases per 100,000
To be clear, for any area to move down or albeit up a tier, the following indicators are applied:
1. Case detection rates in all groups
2. Case detection rates in over 60s
3. The rate at which cases are rising or falling, using the previous week’s figures
4. Positivity rate, the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests, and;
5. Pressure on the NHS, current and projected occupancy
I know that this news may be disappointing, but with neighbouring Peterborough moving up to Tier 3, and our own increase in cases locally, not only in our towns but our villages too, it is vital we adhere to the strict guidelines for our relevant tiers.
Hospitalisations across the region remain high and continue to increase, so we must do all we can to protect our NHS. Some of our hospitals are really struggling.
More detailed information and data can be found, searching for Rutland, Melton or Harborough under 'Area Name' at: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases, and the accompanying image are graphs of the 7 day case rates.