TIER two restrictions will remain in place in Worcestershire following a government review.

It has been confirmed that the county's tier restrictions will not change before Christmas, meanwhile Herefordshire will be moved from tier two into tier one.

Restrictions in tier two include no households mixing indoors, the rule of six outdoors, pubs and restaurants to shut at 11pm, alcohol only served as part of a substantial meal, limited numbers of spectators allowed at sports events and live performances, and personal care including hairdressing allowed.

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean said the tiers would be reviewed again in two weeks time.

Worcester MP Robin Walker said he is "hopeful that this will help us to come down the lowest tier before long".

Decisions on tiers are based on Public Health recommendations based on case detection rate in all ages but particularly in the over-60s, how quickly rates are rising or falling, the number of positive cases and current and projected pressure on the NHS locally.

The most recent coronavirus figures show that the Covid-19 infection rate has risen across Worcestershire, which is likely why the county's current restrictions will remain in place.

Worcestershire has recorded an infection rate of 115 per 100,000, with 685 positive cases confirmed in the week up to December 11. The rate has risen from 85.1 recorded in the previous week.

Wyre Forest recorded a rate of 129.3 for the same week, with 131 positive cases. This has risen from the week before, when a rate of 90.8 was recorded.

Bromsgrove recorded an infection rate of 213.3 in the same week, with 213 positive cases confirmed. A week prior to this, the infection rate was 126.2.

In Redditch, the infection rate was 105.6 for the same week, with 90 positive cases recorded. A week before the rate was 103.2.

Speaking to the commons Matt Hancock said the UK has “come so far” and “mustn’t blow it now”.

Making a statement in the Commons, Mr Hancock told MPs: “As we enter the coldest months we must be vigilant and keep this virus under control.

“Yesterday 25,161 cases were reported and there are 18,038 people in hospital with coronavirus in the UK. We must keep supressing this virus.

“And this isn’t just a matter for Government or for this House, it is a matter for every single person and these are always the most difficult months for people’s health and for the NHS.

“And especially with the vaccine already here, we must be cautious as we accelerate the vaccine deployment as per The Winter Plan.

“We’ve come so far, we mustn’t blow it now.”