Warrington is reportedly going to be placed under tier 3 lockdown restrictions after agreeing to a deal.
Council leaders have reported the deal involves £4.2 million in extra funding for businesses, including £1.7 million for enforcement of the rules.
Warrington South MP Andy Carter said the decision was ‘inevitable’ due to a spike in coronavirus cases.
The town in Cheshire has seen more than 700 positive tests in the area in the past week.
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‘The weekly case rate is 341 per 100,000 population. More worryingly is the 195 per 100,000 in over 60s, approximately twice the level of the national average,’ he told Sky News.
‘This equates to 717 cases in a seven-day period with test positivity currently at around 12%.
‘With infections being wide spread in the community the impact on care workers and our local NHS is also being felt, ward staffing levels at the hospital are under pressure because staff have to self isolate too.’
He hopes the move will bring the virus spread ‘back under control’, adding it will be reviewed in 28 days and that he would ‘push for them to be lifted as soon as infections come down’.
A decision on Nottingham is expected tonight.
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