The coronavirus infection rate was higher in London than in Greater Manchester on the day our area moved into Tier 3.
In the week ending December 2, cases of Covid-19 in the capital were in fact rising, unlike here.
The rate of infection in London was 169.32 per 100,000 people on the day the city went into Tier 2.
This means that hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants were allowed to re-open, as long as a substantial meal is served alongside alcohol.
On the same day in Greater Manchester, the rate of infection was in fact 164.65 per 100,000 of the population.
Despite this, all ten boroughs were placed in Tier 3 – meaning the hospitality industry must remain closed, with tighter restrictions on household mixing and travel too.
It is important to note that infection rates were not the only factor taken into consideration when the tier system was decided by the government.
Other indicators include the positivity rate, how quickly cases were rising and falling, and pressure on the NHS including current and projected bed occupancy.
The latest figures do however add weight to the suggestion that Greater Manchester should be taken out of Tier 3 at the next review – should the conurbation continue its current trajectory.
In the week ending December 2, there were 15,174 new cases of coronavirus recorded in London, that’s actually a rise of nine per cent week-on-week.
The pace at which cases were rising and falling was said to be one of the key factors behind the government’s decision making.
In the same time period, there were 4,669 new positive tests recorded in Greater Manchester, a significant reduction of 25 per cent from the week before.
Graphs show that whilst the coronavirus infection rate was continuing to plummet in all 10 boroughs on December 2, a small spike was being seen in the capital.
Provisional data suggests that the rate of infection in London is likely to rise again by December 3 – although this has not been formally confirmed.
Early figures show the rate could rise to 172.2, whilst Greater Manchester’s could fall to 158.48.
It does still need to be acknowledged that while the situation here has improved significantly, the overall spread of the virus was still high when the country came out of lockdown.
On December 2, the total rate of infection across the conurbation was 164.65, whilst the national average was 148.28.
The number of new cases is continuing to fall across all 10 boroughs though, giving some positivity that the region could be moved down a tier by December 16.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “
Our COVID-19 Winter Plan puts forward the UK Government’s programme for suppressing the virus, protecting the NHS and the vulnerable, keeping education and the economy going, and providing a route back to normality.
“Tiering decisions are based on recommendations from a range of national and regional public health experts and we will continue to work closely with local leaders to drive down local infection rates.”