He said: “Greater Manchester has lower rates than Liverpool and London when they were originally placed in Tier 2.
“One can only conclude that it was the change of context in London and the South East which changed the national context which has led everyone in the North of England to remain in restrictions. ”
There was also a disappointment for North West Leicestershire, whose Tory MP Andrew Bridgen expected his constituency to be ‘decoupled’ from the city of Leicester, given the glaring discrepancies in infection rates between the various areas.
Mr Bridgen said the announcement was “disappointing news for my constituents who have worked so hard to remove the virus”.
The government has said some areas have been decoupled from neighboring hot spots, with the borough of Waverley in Surrey being cited as one of the areas spared the most severe restrictions despite the rest of the county being upgraded to level 3.
As of 12:01 p.m. Saturday, when the new levels go into effect, less than 2% of the population will be at level 1, with over 30% at level 2, and only a narrow strip of level 2 areas separating the north and level 3 blocks from the south.
Conversely, the health bosses of Herefordshire (which goes to level 1 on Saturday) said they were “disappointed” with the decision to relax the measures.
Acting Director of Public Health Rebecca Howell-Jones said: ‘Our rates in Herefordshire have come down from the peak, but we are still around 50 per 100,000, and we are starting to see that decrease has taken hold. stabilized in recent days. ”
She suggested the drop in number was due to England’s lockdown in November rather than restrictions at multiple county levels.
She added: “I think the easing of the rules now, right before the Christmas mix and the extra easing that will inevitably lead to more infections, it’s like it’s too soon.
See Home Secretary Priti Patel (below) talking about her Christmas plans: