Following on from the announcement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Leicestershire’s move into Tier 4, here's a joint statement from Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council, and Mike Sandys, director of public health for Leicestershire County Council
I’d agree with the Government approach as we have to drive down infection rates as we head into the New Year and it’s crucial that we take all the necessary steps to protect the public’s health – particularly those who are elderly or clinically extremely vulnerable.Person:Nick Rushton, county council leader
"Following those guidelines of ‘hands, face and space’ has never been more important. We need everyone to be as rigorous as possible in heeding the advice. We’ve got to follow this every minute of the day
We’ve got rapidly-rising infection rates across most of the county, so it’s been evident for a few days now that there would be a raising of the tier level. Hospitals are also massively under pressure and that’s coupled with these rising rates.Person:Mike Sandys, director of public health
The fact that neighbouring Northamptonshire has gone through the tiers from 2 to 4 in rapid succession also illustrates how fast the rates are rising.
What we’re potentially seeing is the spread of a much more infectious type of COVID-19, which is spreading dangerously in the south east. We’ve got to get ahead of it here before it’s too late.
The changes will come into effect from the start of Thursday, 31st December 2020