Birmingham coronavirus lockdown tightened as new restrictions announced

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A new lockdown is being introduced in Birmingham to combat a second wave of coronavirus, the government has announced.

The new restrictions will affect households meeting up following a recent spike.

From Tuesday, households have been banned from meeting in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.

These three areas have been escalated to areas of national intervention as cases rise across the city.

Birmingham now has the second-highest coronavirus infection rates of any local authority in the country, with fears the number of cases will skyrocket exponentially if not brought under control.

The most recent data for the seven days to September 7 showed Birmingham had a new cases rate of 85.4 per 100,000 people.

BirminghamLive reports the rate in neighbouring Solihull and Sandwell has also soared.

It comes as similar lockdown measures were announced across Merseyside today.

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