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How does Peterborough compare to the areas in Tier 1 and 3?

Three places in England - Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and Isle of Wight - have been placed into Tier 1 restrictions. How do their numbers compare to Peterborough?
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How does Peterborough compare to Tier 1 and Tier 3 areas in the country? (Photo: archive.terry-harris.com)

The most recent seven-day rolling case rate for Peterborough has the city at 207.7 per 100,000 people, with 420 new cases reported in the seven days to November 21. In the week prior, to November 14, the rate was at 214.1; there were 433 cases recorded in this time.

This rate has seen Peterborough placed into Tier 2 restrictions - but how does it compare to the three areas allocated into Tier 1?

In Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, the seven-day rolling case rate is 58.9 per 100,000 people. This is based on 337 new cases in the seven days to November 21. The week prior saw this area at a rate of 90.4 per 100,000, with 517 cases recorded in that time period. This is a significant fall in the number of positive Covid-19 cases - and the rate is much lower than in Peterborough.

In the Isle of Wight, the seven-day rolling case rate is 59.3 per 100,000 people, based on 84 new Covid-19 cases in the week to November 21. Once again, this is a significant fall from the week prior; from November 8 to 14, the rate in the Isle of Wight was 79.0 per 100,000 people, with 112 new cases reported.

Matt Hancock said that he understood that many areas will want to be in Tier 1. He said: "The lowest case rates are in Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly which will go into Tier 1.

"In all three areas, they’ve had very low case rates throughout and I want to thank residents for being so vigilant through the whole pandemic."

A total of 23.3 million people in England will be under Tier 3 restrictions from December 2 - including those in Lincolnshire areas covered by South Kesteven District Council and South Holland such as Stamford and Crowland.

To explain the decision to allocate Lincolnshire into Tier 3, the government said: "There has been an overall improvement, but case rates remain high throughout the county, at 307 per 100,000 and in the over 60s it is 281 per 100,000. NHS pressures in Lincolnshire remain high and show signs of increasing, particularly for the units treating the more serious cases."

For South Kesteven, the seven-day rolling case rate has dropped and is lower than in Peterborough. The latest figures put the rate at 188.9 per 100,000 people, with 269 new cases reported in the week to November 21. This is down from a rate of 224.7 the week prior.

In South Holland, the weekly case rate is at 152.6 per 100,000 people, due to 145 new cases recorded up to November 21. The week before, it was at 220.9 per 100,000 with 209 new cases.

Lincolnshire County Council’s leader, Cllr Martin Hill, said: "It’s very disappointing that the whole of Lincolnshire has gone into Tier 3 as we are seeing infection rates fall, especially in those few districts that were previously causing concern – and this could have a crippling effect on our hospitality sector.

"Although our figures have been high in some districts and lower elsewhere, there’s a clear levelling off and drop in the numbers as the lockdown restrictions and the considerable efforts of our residents begin to take effect.

"While some of our districts have infection rates well below the England average, why should the whole of Lincolnshire go into Tier 3 for the sake of higher rates in some districts – it doesn’t make sense?

"It seems like a big blow for Lincolnshire, with our residents working with us all the way to bring down infection rates. Four of our districts have infection rates below the national average and I’m expecting the drop in those other areas to continue, which means we could soon be below the England average. We’ll be looking to move out of Tier 3 as soon as possible if the picture continues to improve."