Why did York and North Yorkshire go into Tier 2?

Matt Hancock, the health secretary. Photograph: Justin Tallis / PA Wire

In his statement to the Commons today, health secretary Matt Hancock set out his reasoning as to why he’d put different areas into the three tiers.

“These are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice, and the criteria that we set out in the Covid-19 Winter Plan,” he said.

“These are:

  1. Case detection rates in all age groups
  2. Case detection rates in the over 60s
  3. The rate at which cases are rising or falling
  4. Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
  5. Pressure on the NHS.”

This is the official reasoning why York and North Yorkshire were put into the high, Tier 2 category:

“Overall case rates (including for those over 60) in this region are improving in seven of the eight local authorities and lower than other parts of Yorkshire and The Humber but remain high overall (202/100,000 in all age groups and 145/100,000 for those aged over 60).

“Positivity is 8.5%. Rates in Scarborough are significantly higher than the rest of the region (334/100,000 in all age groups and 247/100,000 in those aged over 60) but falling rapidly.”