Birmingham could be hit with tough new Covid-19 controls after cases rocket

Birmingham could be hit with tough new Covid-19 controls after cases rocket

There are growing signs tough new Covid-19 lockdown measures could be imposed across Birmingham by the end of the week after infections rocketed.

The infection rate in Birmingham now stands at 62.4 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to September 5, compared to 28.1 the week before, according to latest NHS data.

Only two weeks ago, the city narrowly avoided a restrictive local lockdown such as those imposed in Leicester and Greater Manchester, after an increase in positive test results.

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Employees wearing face masks or coverings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pose with artwork entitled "Show me the Monet" by the artist Banksy, during a photocall at Sotheby's auction house in London, on September 18, 2020, ahead of the forthcoming 'Modernites/Contemporary' evening auction set to take place in October. - The artwork is set expected to realise GBP 3-5 million pounds (EUR 3.2 to 5.5 million / USD 3.8 to 6.5 million) during Sotheby's Live Stream auction, which is set to take place on October 21. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
People eat lunch at tables and benches placed in the roadway adjacent to a suspended parking bay in Golden Square, Soho, London (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Covid-19 safety measures in place backstage ahead of the Bora Aksu show during LFW September 2020 at The Waldorf London on September 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/BFC/Getty Images)
Students and staff queue up outside a mobile coronavirus testing unit for asymptomatic staff and students set up in a car park at the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England, Friday Sept. 18, 2020. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Friday that the country has to “come together” over the coming weeks to get on top of the spike, that he noted is leading to a doubling in the number of people being hospitalized with the virus every seven to eight days. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
A student help point is set up behind a screen at UCL (University College London) in London, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. In the UK, most universities do not begin their fall terms until late September or early October, and are readying big changes. At University College London, only a quarter of the buildings will be occupied at one time. Teaching spaces will incorporate social distancing and everyone must wear face-masks. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Kitty Ritchie has her QR code scanned on entry as she demonstrates how to take a coronavirus test at a new walk-through testing centre which will open today at Glasgow Caledonian UniversityÕs ARC sports centre, in central Glasgow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Student Emily Gittings, 19, has her temperature taken before heading into a mobile coronavirus testing unit for asymptomatic staff and students set up in a car park at the University of Portsmouth. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
A performance during the press preview of One Night Records, the UK's first socially-distanced immersive live music venue event at London Bridge, in London.
A performance during the press preview of One Night Records, the UK's first socially-distanced immersive live music venue event at London Bridge, in London.
SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: People queue for a test at a walk in Covid-19 testing facility on September 17, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England. The Department Of Health has appealed to Britain's biomedical sector for 400 further laboratory technicians as the nation's return to school increases demand for Covid-19 tests. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
A man wearing a face covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, waks past a sign outside a novel coronavirus walk-in testing centre in East Ham in east London, on September 17, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday he could close pubs earlier to "stop the second hump" of coronavirus cases, comparing the country's trajectory of resurgent transmission to a camel's profile. But the prime minister has faced stinging criticism this week over the failure to achieve the "world-beating" testing and tracing system he promised by the summer. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Musicians perform a staged funeral for the "death" of live music, during a socially-distanced photocall performance for One Night Records' forthcoming 'Lockdown Town' production, on the banks of the River Thames in London on September 16, 2020. - One Night Records' is set to open an immersive live music experience called 'Lockdown Town', near London Bridge in London on October 2, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Musicians perform a staged funeral for the "death" of live music, during a socially-distanced photocall performance for One Night Records' forthcoming 'Lockdown Town' production, on the banks of the River Thames in London on September 16, 2020. - One Night Records' is set to open an immersive live music experience called 'Lockdown Town', near London Bridge in London on October 2, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by UK Parliament, Shadow First Secretary Angela Rayner, speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. U.K. lawmakers have criticized the government’s handling of the COVID-19 testing crisis for a second day as opposition leaders say Prime Minister Boris Johnson lacked a cohesive plan to tackle the virus as the country faces a second wave in the pandemic. (Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via AP)
A view of sign directing people to a walk-in coronavirus testing centre on Marlborough Road in Southampton, England, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people throughout the country were unable to schedule tests. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday will face questions about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the House of Commons and before a key committee amid the outcry over the shortage of testing. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
Ross Pilkington, a Technician in the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton, sits in a communal workspace with socially distanced seating and perspex screens on tables to help to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, before students return to campus next week, in Bolton, northern England on September 16, 2020. - The University of Bolton has introduced numerous Covid-safety measures across its campus including: airport-style temperature scanners at the entrance to buildings, socially distanced seating in study area and classrooms, perspex screens and visors for lecturers, a bicycle loan scheme for students, one-way routes throughout campus buildings and additional online resources for student learning. Hundreds of thousands of students across the UK are due to begin a new academic year at universities in the coming weeks. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Neil Berry, a Facilities Manager at the University of Bolton, inspects a communal workspace with socially distanced seating and perspex screens on tables to help to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, before students return to campus next week, in Bolton, northern England on September 16, 2020. - The University of Bolton has introduced numerous Covid-safety measures across its campus including: airport-style temperature scanners at the entrance to buildings, socially distanced seating in study area and classrooms, perspex screens and visors for lecturers, a bicycle loan scheme for students, one-way routes throughout campus buildings and additional online resources for student learning. Hundreds of thousands of students across the UK are due to begin a new academic year at universities in the coming weeks. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Fire and Light Choreographer Penella Bee from Bee-Enchanted practices her routine on Seaburn beach in Sunderland early this morning. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Fire and Light Choreographer Penella Bee from Bee-Enchanted practices her routine on Seaburn beach in Sunderland early this morning. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hertfordshire Police officers arrest an environmental activist from HS2 Rebellion who had been locked to another activist in the road using a lock-on arm tube to block a gate providing access to a site for the Chiltern Tunnel on the route of the HS2 high-speed rail link on 14 September 2020 in West Hyde, United Kingdom. Anti-HS2 activists blocked two gates to the same Southern Portal works site for the controversial £106bn rail line, one for over six hours and another for over twelve hours. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Hertfordshire Police officers arrest an environmental activist from HS2 Rebellion who had been locked to another activist in the road using a lock-on arm tube to block a gate providing access to a site for the Chiltern Tunnel on the route of the HS2 high-speed rail link on 14 September 2020 in West Hyde, United Kingdom. Anti-HS2 activists blocked two gates to the same Southern Portal works site for the controversial £106bn rail line, one for over six hours and another for over twelve hours. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
A commuter walks across London Bridge toward the City of London on September 15, 2020. - Britain's unemployment rate jumped above four percent in July on economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed today. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A man walks past a sign displaying Public Safety Advice about COVID-19 in Bolton town centre, northwest England on September 15, 2020. - The UK government recently imposed tougher coronavirus restrictions in northwest England, as it voiced fears about rising infection rates among younger people. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
NEWPORT, WALES, - SEPTEMBER 14: A general view of pedestrians walking through the city centre in view of the social distancing signs on on September 14, 2020 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
Members of the audience arrive to take their socially distanced seats in the auditorium for a performance by German baritone Christian Gerhaher and German pianist Gerold Huber at Wigmore Hall in London on September 13, 2020, in the first of a season of 100 concerts between now and Christmas to be attended by a limited, socially distanced audience to prevent spread of the covid-19 coronavirus. - Wigmore Hall becomes the first major UK music venue to welcome back live audiences for a full autumn season. The Hall will only have 120 people in this first audience (20% capacity), but it is a landmark moment for classical music in the UK as covid-19 restrictions continue. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Members of the public relaxing in Regents Park on September 13, 2020 in London, England. Concerned by rising cases of Covid-19, the British government will start enforcing a six-person limit on indoor and outdoor social gatherings in England, although numerous exemptions exist for workplaces, schools, religious functions, and organised sport. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - 13 SEPTEMBER 2020: A waitress wipes a table outside a restuarant on Northcote Road on September 13, 2020 in South West London, England. Concerned by rising cases of Covid-19, the British government will start enforcing a six-person limit on indoor and outdoor social gatherings in England, although numerous exemptions exist for workplaces, schools, religious functions, and organised sport. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: People are seen dancing to a busker in Leicester Square on September 12, 2020 in London, England. From Monday, September 14, groups of more than six will be banned from meeting under new coronavirus restrictions. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: People are seen dancing in Soho on September 12, 2020 in London, England. From Monday, September 14, groups of more than six will be banned from meeting under new coronavirus restrictions. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
A worker at a Covid-19 driving in testing centre at Temple Green Park and Ride in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where tougher lockdown measures may be introduced locally after a rise in coronavirus infections. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 10: A man has his temperature checked before entering the Coyote Ugly bar on St. Mary's Street on September 10, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. In a tightening of lockdown rules intended to curb a rise in coronavirus cases the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford has announced people in Wales must wear face mask in shops and other indoor public spaces from Monday. Indoor meetings of more than six from an extended household will be illegal from Monday. The rule will not apply to children under 11 and up to 30 people from different homes can still meet outside. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Young people outside the Blue Posts pub in Berwick Street, Soho, London. People in England will be banned from meeting in groups of more than six from Monday as ministers try to tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases across the UK. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon views the new Covid - 19 track and trace app on a phone at the Scottish Parliament on September 10, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scotland's new contact tracing app to help combat the spread of coronavirus has gone live, the downloaded is free for smart phones from Apple's App Store or Google Play. The Protect Scotland app will alert people when they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
PORTH, WALES - SEPTEMBER 10: A healthcare worker looks on at a temporary coronavirus testing centre at Oldway House on September 10, 2020 in Porth, Wales. A temporary walk-in testing centre has opened in Porth following a cluster of cases in the lower Rhondda area. There are fears that a local lockdown might be introduced should numbers continue to rise. The first local lockdown in Wales was brought in earlier this week in the county of Caerphilly. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
FACES PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK A test sample being taken at a Covid-19 driving in testing centre at Temple Green Park and Ride in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where tougher lockdown measures may be introduced locally after a rise in coronavirus infections. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A notice on a fence at the Boats2020 show in Southampton following the cancellation of the event which was due to begin on Friday. Organisers were forced to cancel at the last minute due to growing concerns over the increase in the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Protesters with placards gather outside the Scottish Parliament entrance to demonstrate against a secondary lockdown, coronavirus face covering rules and the search for a virus on September 10, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The group, known as Saving Scotland, said it is "time to stand up together" and fight "for the freedom to choose" and listen to real scientific evidence in regard to the health of the Scottish people. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)
People wave from the Round Tower as the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves Portsmouth Naval Base as it sets sail for flight trials, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020. The departure comes following two days of delays caused by a small number of crew members testing positive for the coronavirus. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a virtual press conference at Downing Street, London, following the announcement that the legal limit on social gatherings is set to be reduced from 30 people to six. The change in the law in England will come into force on Monday as the Government seeks to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Medical Detection Dogs, wears a visor during a visit to the charity’s training centre where trials are currently underway to determine whether dogs can act as a diagnostic tool of COVID-19 on September 09, 2020 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CAERPHILLY, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 08: A sign in the town centre encouraging social distancing on September 08, 2020 in Caerphilly, United Kingdom. The county borough of Caerphilly in South Wales is to be placed under a local lockdown from 18:00 BST on Tuesday, following a rapid rise in cases of coronavirus, in the first local lockdown in Wales. People will not be able to leave the borough without good reason, everyone will be required to wear face masks in shops and seeing others within extended households indoors will be banned. The Welsh government have said that with 55.4 cases per 100,000 population Caerphilly county has the highest rate in Wales and one of the highest in the UK. (Photo by Polly Thomas/Getty Images)
People wear face masks on public transport through Caerphilly centre as the county borough in south Wales is to be placed under a local lockdown following a "significant rise" in coronavirus cases. People will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse when the restrictions come into force from 6pm on Tuesday, the Welsh Government said. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Pedestrians pass an electronic board urging people to observe coronavirus guidance and seek a test if they have Covid-19 symptoms in Bolton, northwest England on September 9, 2020, as local lockdown restrictions are put in place due to a spike in cases of the novel coronavirus in the town. - The UK government, which controls health policy in England, imposed tougher restrictions on Bolton, near the northwest city of Manchester, after a "very significant rise" in cases. Bolton was found to have 120 cases per 100,000 people -- the highest in the country. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Students observe social distancing as they take part in a dance session as classes resume at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in Peckham, south London, following its closure due to coronavirus. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Students observe social distancing as they take part in a dance session as classes resume at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts drama school following its closure due to coronavirus, in Peckham, south London, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
CAERPHILLY, WALES - SEPTEMBER 08: A COVID-19 warning sign as people jog past Caerphilly Castle on September 8, 2020 in Caerphilly, Wales. The county borough of Caerphilly in South Wales is to be placed under a local lockdown from 18:00 BST Tuesday, following a rapid rise in cases of coronavirus in the first local lockdown in Wales. People will not be able to leave the borough without good reason and face masks will be required by everyone aged over 11 in shops. Seeing others within extended households indoors will also be banned. The Welsh government have said that with 55.4 cases per 100,000 population, Caerphilly county has the highest rate in Wales and one of the highest in the UK. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
One way systems are in place around shops in Caerphilly centre as the county borough is to be placed under a local lockdown following a "significant rise" in coronavirus cases, in Caerphilly, South Wales, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. On Tuesday evening, a local lockdown comes into force in the Welsh district of Caerphilly following a spike in cases. Under the new restrictions, people will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse. Everyone over the age of 11 will also be required to wear face coverings in shops — the first time this will be mandatory in Wales. Meetings with other people indoors and extended households will not be allowed, while overnight stays have also been banned. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
Shoppers wear PPE inside food stores in Caerphilly centre as the county borough in south Wales is to be placed under a local lockdown following a "significant rise" in coronavirus cases. People will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse when the restrictions come into force from 6pm on Tuesday, the Welsh Government said. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
CAERPHILLY, WALES - SEPTEMBER 08: A man wears a face mask while waiting for a bus on September 8, 2020 in Caerphilly, Wales. The county borough of Caerphilly in South Wales is to be placed under a local lockdown from 18:00 BST Tuesday, following a rapid rise in cases of coronavirus in the first local lockdown in Wales. People will not be able to leave the borough without good reason and face masks will be required by everyone aged over 11 in shops. Seeing others within extended households indoors will also be banned. The Welsh government have said that with 55.4 cases per 100,000 population, Caerphilly county has the highest rate in Wales and one of the highest in the UK. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 07, 2020: British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood addresses supporters of Julian Assange protesting outside the Old Bailey on the first day of the hearing on the US extradition request of the WikiLeaks founder over 18 charges including conspiracy with Chelsea Manning in obtaining and publishing the Iraq War Logs, on 07 September, 2020 in London, England. Julian Assange is due to appear in court today as the extradition hearing, expected to last three weeks, resumes after a long delay due to coronavirus pandemic.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Commuters at Leeds railway station. Train services will be ramped up from today as schools in England and Wales reopen and workers are encouraged to return to offices. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Costumed members of climate change activist movement Extinction Rebellion, protesting against ecological destruction of the world's oceans, perform in Parliament Square in London, England, on September 6, 2020. The group launched a new series of demonstrations in the city on Monday, with more scheduled for the week ahead, after a hiatus in its protest actions during the height of the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Activists of international climate action group Extinction Rebellion, stage a march from Parliament Square to the Brazilian Embassy, in London, UK, on September 5, 2020 to bring awarness to destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. (Photo by Lucy North/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, organised by Scotland Against Lockdown, who oppose mandatory wearing of facemasks, the Scottish & U.K Governments Coronavirus Act and lockdown. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion stop HS2 activist at the Marine Rebellion march on 6th September 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Ocean Rebellion, Sea Life Extinction, Animal Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion joined together to celebrate the biodiversity found in our seas, and to grieve at the destruction of the Earths oceans and marine life due to climate breakdown and human interference, and the loss of lives, homes and livelihoods from rising sea levels. Extinction Rebellion is a climate change group started in 2018 and has gained a huge following of people committed to peaceful protests. These protests are highlighting that the government is not doing enough to avoid catastrophic climate change and to demand the government take radical action to save the planet. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion activists perform at the Marine Rebellion march on 6th September 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Ocean Rebellion, Sea Life Extinction, Animal Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion joined together to celebrate the biodiversity found in our seas, and to grieve at the destruction of the Earths oceans and marine life due to climate breakdown and human interference, and the loss of lives, homes and livelihoods from rising sea levels. Extinction Rebellion is a climate change group started in 2018 and has gained a huge following of people committed to peaceful protests. These protests are highlighting that the government is not doing enough to avoid catastrophic climate change and to demand the government take radical action to save the planet. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Police officers lead away an arrested man as they break up a 'people's assembly' staged by climate change activist movement Extinction Rebellion in Trafalgar Square in London, England, on September 5, 2020. The event was deemed a breach of coronavirus restrictions limiting gatherings to a maximum of 30 people. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: People use the escalators in a subway station in London, United Kingdom on September 06, 2020. UK sees biggest jump in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases since 107 days. 2,988 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, as well as the highest daily reported number of cases in the past 107 days. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Blackpool Tower lit up on the first day of the annual lights display in the north west England seaside resort. This year the lights will remain on display until January, two months longer than normal, to help boost the tourism trade which has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Passengers wear face coverings on a Jubilee Line underground train during the morning rush hour in London. Workers are being encouraged to return to their offices following the coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Year 7 students attend assembly at City of London Academy Highgate Hill on September 4, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of students returned to the school today as it began a phased reopening after the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The full student body will return on September 14th. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Extinction Rebellion protesters are arrested outside the Department for Transport in Westminster on September 4, 2020 in London, England. The protest movement has organised a week of demonstrations across the UK as MPs and other government officials returned from summer holiday. Hundreds of protesters were arrested, but public attention remained consumed by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
Year seven pupils have their temperature taken by member of support staff Adelaja Balogun, as they arrive for their first day at Kingsdale Foundation School in London, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Schools in England are starting to reopen with special measures in place to deal with Coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A woman walks through an illuminated footbridge during the morning rush hour in Canary Wharf, London. Workers are being encouraged to return to their offices following the coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A general view of commuters wearing protective face masks on a London underground train, as the UK continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The concourse at Canary Wharf shopping centre, during what would normally be the morning rush hour, in London Friday Sept. 4, 2020. The British government is encouraging workers to return to offices and shops while adopting mitigation measures with social distancing and face masks, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions continue to be relaxed. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
Pupils arrive at the King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham, as schools across England reopen to students following the coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
Protester with a placard reading 'Oil money is blood money' as Metropolitan police wearing face masks form a cordon at Extinction Rebellion demonstration on 3rd September 2020 in London, United Kingdom. With government resitting after summer recess, the climate action group has organised two weeks of events, protest and disruption across the capital. Extinction Rebellion is a climate change group started in 2018 and has gained a huge following of people committed to peaceful protests. These protests are highlighting that the government is not doing enough to avoid catastrophic climate change and to demand the government take radical action to save the planet. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
People sit on deckchairs wearing headphones to listen as they watch the movie "Titanic," on the first night open to the public of the Openaire float-in cinema at the Paddington canal basin in London, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. The outdoor cinema has been setup to run for September so people can watch movies outside where there is less risk of catching the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People use the escalators, around the old normal morning time 'rush hour', at Canary Wharf Underground station in central London, Thursday Sept. 3, 2020. Workers are being encouraged to return to their offices, with a Government information campaign reminding people about the efforts taken to make workplaces safe and "Covid-secure". (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
(Front left to right) Del Boy, Grandad and Rodney, played by Chris Bennett, Paul Whitehouse and Ryan Hutton, along with other members of the cast of Only Fools and Horses The Musical, on stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, after observing a 15 minute silence to show solidarity with those in the theatre industry that have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Luciana Guerra/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leader Keir Starmer meets staff and pupils during a visit to Whitehill Junior School school in Hitchin, Hertfordshire as pupils across the UK return to classes following the coronavirus lockdown.
An elderly pedestrian wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks past graffiti depicting the subjects within famous artworks, but wearing masks, in Glasgow on September 2, 2020 after the Scottish government imposed fresh restrictions on the city after an rise in cases of the novel coronavirus. - Scotland imposed fresh restrictions on the city of Glasgow on September 2 after a rise in coronavirus cases, as similar local-lockdown measures elsewhere in Britain came under criticism. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said people living in Glasgow and two surrounding areas should not visit other people's houses, after 66 new cases were recorded in the area on Tuesday. The measures will last two weeks. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Comedian and actor Lenny Henry speaks outside the National Theatre in London, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Vanessa Redgrave proposed that theatre people and theatre lovers should gather on the first of every month to appeal for support to raise funds to restore jobs across all the threatened arts sector and theatres, including the technical workers, across the UK. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A pupil uses hand sanitizer has he enters a classroom at Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster, as schools in England reopen to pupils following the coronavirus lockdown, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Millions of children are returning to school across Europe and beyond in a mass experiment aimed at bridging inequalities and resuscitating economies despite the persistent pandemic. Governments are trying to show that life goes on despite a virus that has infected at least 25 million people worldwide and killed more than 850,000. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
A pedestrian walks past a display of facemasks, being sold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Glasgow on September 2, 2020 after the Scottish government imposed fresh restrictions on the city after an rise in cases of the novel coronavirus. - Scotland imposed fresh restrictions on the city of Glasgow on September 2 after a rise in coronavirus cases, as similar local-lockdown measures elsewhere in Britain came under criticism. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said people living in Glasgow and two surrounding areas should not visit other people's houses, after 66 new cases were recorded in the area on Tuesday. The measures will last two weeks. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Pupils and parents queue on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London, Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of British schoolchildren are heading back to classrooms, with the country watching nervously to see if reopening schools brings a surge in coronavirus infections. Tuesday marks the start of term for about 40% of schools in England and Wales, with the rest reopening in the coming days. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
Activists of international climate action group Extinction Rebellion march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square on the first of a planned 10 day take over of London, England, on September 1, 2020. (Photo by Lucy North/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Activists from the climate protest group Extinction Rebellion carry 26 shoes, representing the people who die from air pollution in London each day, through Westfield shopping centre in Stratford on their way to the (TFL) Transport For London offices in south east London on August 31, 2020, as they highlight extra deaths caused by air pollution from traffic and to oppose the planned Silvertown Tunnel under the River Thames. - Climate protest group Extinction Rebellion will target Britain's parliament as part of "mass rebellions" planned to start on September 1. The protests began this weekend with "regional rebellions" for those worried about attending the main events due to coronavirus. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers on patrol engage in conversation with pilates instructor Juliana Campos as she poses in her carnival costume in Notting Hill, London, on what would have been the weekend of the Notting Hill Carnival, after the 2020 carnival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with events being streamed online. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Protesters play drums as Extinction Rebellion protesters stage a Titanic-themed dinner party in the sea to illustrate the threat of rising sea levels, on Chalkwell beach on August 31, 2020 in Southend-on-Sea, England. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Extinction Rebellion protesters have been encouraged to take action locally against the airports, the fossil fuel industry and petrol stations and banks ahead of larger-scale demonstrations planned for London, Manchester and Cardiff on September 1. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
Oldham Athletic's Boundary Park ground during the Covid Test Event in the Pre-season Friendly match between Oldham Athletic and Lincoln City at Boundary Park, Oldham, England, on August 29, 2020. (Photo by Eddie Garvey/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A would be carnival goer in Notting Hill, London, after the 2020 carnival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with events being streamed online. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
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At the time, the city's seven-day infection rate was just over 30 cases per 100,000 people, but later fell.

However West Midlands mayor Andy Street said in light of the "very notable increase" in positive tests in both Birmingham and neighbouring Solihull, further restrictions were now "very, very likely".

Stressing no final decisions had yet been made, he added the "simplest form of restriction would be city-wide".

Public health and city chiefs have grown increasingly worried in recent days by the rise with Birmingham's public health director Dr Justin Varney telling the BBC he was concerned by the "significant" uplift in numbers.

Birmingham City Council, which has opened more test sites across the city in recent days, believes part of the reason is down to increasing testing numbers.

However, the jump in the rate also coincided with the bank holiday weekend and the city recording its largest single outbreak of the pandemic.

Speaking to the PA news agency on Tuesday, Mr Street said the rise in cases was "in the context of a deteriorating national position, as well".

He said the increases "look to be as a result of socialising and household contact", with cases "very much concentrated in the younger age groups, so the under-40s".

Mr Street added: "The critical message is everybody has a responsibility to follow the guidance.

"If they do not follow the guidance, we will of course be subject to very stringent restrictions preventing people enjoying the things they've been looking forward to.

"Secondly, we will see this (virus) move into more vulnerable groups."

He added: "Thus far it (the virus) has concentrated in the younger age groups, that's why we're not seeing that much increase in hospitalisations and, God forbid, deaths.

"But if we don't stop this it will translate into these older age groups and we will have a very serious situation on our hands."

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Dr David Rosser, of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, said medics were deeply concerned (Jacob King/PA)

Mr Street: "If premises are doing what they should be doing and individuals are also following the rules, we should be able to live within the current guidelines.

"But it is very clear that is not happening, sufficiently well."

He added the problem was not just with pubs, bars and restaurants but also people socialising in other people's homes, saying "private settings are an important part of this".

"The younger population have got to take responsibility, think about their parents and grandparents."

The latest increase has meant there were 712 infections recorded in Birmingham in the latest seven-day period, the highest in the city since the peak in April.

Of concern to health bosses will also be the fact the trend is increasing, rather than slowing.

The city had already been added to the national Public Health England (PHE) watchlist, which categorises local authority areas of concern by infection rate.

Following that move, the council rapidly introduced tougher measures, agreed with the Government, including a legally-enforced crackdown on businesses flouting Covid-19 measures.

A whistleblowers' hotline set up in August allowing people to report firms has had more than 800 calls.

Two restaurants in the city were then sanctioned for hosting larger-than-allowed gatherings.

An asylum centre in the Edgbaston area was also handed a direction order, forcing it to tighten Covid-19 control measures, after 56 staff and residents tested positive, the city's largest outbreak to date.

Only last week, Dr David Rosser, of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, said rumours the virus had weakened were incorrect and medics were "deeply concerned" about a potential increase in hospital admissions.

His warning was echoed by Dr Sue Ibbotson, West Midlands PHE centre director, who said the region was at a "pivotal moment".

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