"Danger Zone" Stoke-On-Trent - On The Verge Of Moving Into Tier 4

Rule-breaking families in ‘danger zone’ Stoke-on-Trent are being told to stop mixing as fears grow over the spread of a mutant strain of coronavirus.

Health leaders say the city is particularly vulnerable to the new more virulent form of Covid-19 as it already has one of the highest infection rates in the country.

Stoke-on-Trent saw 826 cases of coronavirus in the seven days up to December 18, equating to a weekly infection rate of 322.2 cases per 100,000.

While this is only the 97th highest rate in England, leaders at Stoke-on-Trent City Council are worried that the city is still one of the country’s hotspots outside London and the South East.

The numbers are starting to rise again having previously ‘flat-lined’ with the city now on the verge of heading into Tier 4.

Boris Johnson is expected to make a decision later today (December 23) after ministers and medics met last night.

Analysis of the data shows transmission trends are predominantly as a result of families breaking the ban to meet up inside and areas where the virus is more prevalent include Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley and Longton.