It’s good news but we can’t yet be confident. Covid rates have been falling rapidly in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. Could our status be changed to Tier 1 on Wednesday? I hope so but there are signals are that we may have to continue in Tier 2 until the next review. There is growing nervousness that rates are going up in some parts of the country and that increased travel, shopping and social engagement over the Christmas and New Year break could spread Covid-19. The headline Shropshire rate was 71 cases per 100,000 people over the seven days to 11 December (over 60 years, 59). The Telford and Wrekin rate was 114 (over 60 years, 81). Both rates were low and falling. On 8 December, 51 Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust beds were occupied by patients with Covid-19 and that is also falling. Cases in Ludlow have risen but remain low.