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Greater Manchester has a “Strong case” for Tier-2 Status

Andy Burnham outlines why their lockdown should be upgraded

The Mayor of Greater Manchester is making his case as to why they should move into Tier-2 lockdown status.

 Andy Burnham says they have a “strong case” to move out of their current Tier-3 status.

 The region has seen significant declines in COVID cases lately with 10 areas now completely free of the virus.

 Burnham says: “We have been in restrictions coming up for five months and I think we are looking to the government to give us a bit of hope and reward the good people of Greater Manchester who have followed the restrictions.”

 Bury is the only area in Greater Manchester that’s seen rising rates of COVID in the past week.

The latest numbers in that region per 100,000 cases are 231, compared to 202 the previous week.

The borough of Trafford currently has the lowest infection rate.

Currently, they’re at 85 per 100,000 cases, down from 1,123 the week before.

Burnham adds: “We will be making that case to the government over the next couple of days.”

Leaders at Manchester’s City Council believe a tier review would take place on December 16.

An announcement would follow the day after.

The leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese says: “We will be pressing very hard for the whole of Greater Manchester to be in tier two.”

Leese says it’s clear the region is in a position to move into tier two when compared to the figures in London and Liverpool City Region.

COVID numbers in Greater Manchester compared to other regions in the UK (Photo courtesy of GMCA)

Both those regions are currently in the tier two status. (JSL)

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