Shift in regional risk ratings as lockdown effects emerge

NINE more regions of England will be upgraded to red travel zones from tomorrow – but 16 other areas of the British Isles will see their levels downgraded as lockdowns lead to a drop in Covid cases.

Only three English regions – Tendring in Essex, North Norfolk and West Suffolk – will be amber zones following a reclassification at midnight tonight. Nowhere in England is classed as green.

Those travelling from red areas are subject to the toughest restrictions, having to isolate until their third test, taken on day ten, is returned negative.

The dramatic rise in red zones during recent weeks and the subsequent drop in travellers has seen flights and ferry services between Jersey and the UK slashed.

All high-speed sea crossings have been suspended until at least the end of the month, and on at least one day this week just one commercial flight landed in the Island.

Although England, which entered a new lockdown on 5 November, is now largely a sea of red, the reclassification marks the first significant transition down to amber for many parts of the Republic of Ireland.

Eleven of the 25 regions in the country, which went into a six-week lockdown on 21 October, will drop from red to amber, with another falling from amber to green. Another area, however, will rise from green to amber.

And there are two changes in Wales, which entered a 17-day so-called ‘firebreak’ lockdown on 23 October, with both zones falling from red to amber.

Two red areas in Scotland will also become amber, but another will go from green to amber and another will move from amber to red.

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