Together We’re Better Stakeholder Update
The announcement of a third national lockdown, which began on 6 January, will have been, for many, a tough pill to swallow. It is, however, fundamentally the right decision for the country.
The lockdown comes as spikes in positive cases have been broadly reported. There has also been a huge increase in pressure across the NHS, with the threat of services becoming overwhelmed if swift action was not taken. This comes at a time where we are seeing the new variant of the virus spreading at pace across the country.
The 7-day case rate for England has increased to 572.1 cases per 100,000 population, largely due to London and the south east, whilst the latest Staffordshire 7-day case rate was 462 cases per 100,000 population and 362 for Stoke-on-Trent. Both still below the England average, but rising fast. East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase and South Staffordshire have passed 500 cases per 100,000 population.