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31 December 2020 12:31

Coronavirus South Africa Zweli Mkhize

Latest news straight to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Birmingham was plunged into a Tier 4 lockdown after the Covid-19 infection rate continued to rise - with some Brummies believing the restrictions do not go far enough. Non-essential retailers and beauty salons were forced to officially close their doors from midnight on Thursday, December 31, after the Government enforced tougher measures. The upgraded tier status prompted much debate from BirminghamLive readers on Facebook - with some agreeing it's the "only way to protect lives." While others think schools, colleges and universities should remain closed after the Christmas holidays in order to slow down the spread of the virus. Birmingham's coronavirus infection rate is currently 313.1 cases per 100,000 of the population. Here are some of your comments posted on social media under a piece about every Tier 4 rule you must follow.

Tracy Alexander said: "It is the only way to do things to save lives and to protect against the virus to all to stay home and to stick with the rules I'm going to stick to the rules as I have done since March so do as you are told." Christine Seaman posted: "You lot make me angry I have friends who went down with it 10 weeks ago they have not got over it yet open your eyes up and see what really going on one of them is in a very bad way and I am frightened that the next phone call may be a bad one." Brinda Chana said: "All schools, nurseries, colleges and unis should close too. Otherwise the spread will not stop. Those children will catch off other kids and take it home to the elders, and other family members who could be vulnerable." Chrissie Avfc Brain wrote: "Absolutely pathetic. Can't visit family but kids still have to go school where there are 30 pupils." Mahadev Goswami said: "Why schools are not shut? This kind of tier 4 is useless.

Most mixing of people is in schools and supermarkets." Kay Ali said: "To be honest it ain't going to make a difference, people are still going to do what they do on a daily basis." Victoria Murphy said: "Maybe if they closed everything apart from hospitals...then the stay at home thing might be abided by. But we are in and out of lockdown like the Hokey Cokey so people don't know whether they are coming or going." Derek Findleton said: "So basically tier 3 but no gym which has been shown is safer than schools which are staying open." Lee Bee Brelsforth wrote: "I understand safety is paramount. But why are people being allowed to fly in and out of the county, gather in the workplace and education classrooms etc. I know it's a very tough situation, but surely the "stay at home" message is not possible with the above that I have said?" Aftab Akhtar added: "The whole thing is a mess. We were starting to do alright until we made a breakthrough with a vaccine. It does not make sense how all of a sudden we're doing worse than we was during the peak." Tier 4 restrictions, crisis hit hospitals, confused school heads and vaccine delight - it's been a rollercoaster 24 hours in the unfolding drama of the Coronavirus pandemic. As an unprecedented year comes to a close, we brought you sobering news from inside city hospitals and fears of still rising community infections, triggering additional restrictions for the West Midlands. These are all the new restrictions now in place in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country. The news has triggered renewed calls for urgent support for businesses and workers left in despair at the devastating impact on their jobs and livelihoods. But that news came on the day that a roll out of the Oxford vaccine was given the go ahead, bringing renewed hope this could all be over soon. Mayor Andy Street will be hosting a press briefing from 11am. He will be joined by Public Health England's deputy director Dr Lola Abudu, Birmingham City Council leader Cllr Ian Ward, Clive Wright, COVID 19 Regional Convenor West Midlands (Contain), Professor David Loughton CBE, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, and Waheed Saleem, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. We will bring you live updates and the main stories from there and nationally throughout today - follow updates below.