Infections rates all around Stourbridge are now so high the government has had no choice other than to put the West Midlands into Tier 4.
But the picture is not bleak. The news that the AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccine is now approved is great news for 2021 and beyond. It is easier to store and it should allow more people to receive the jab as we look forward to the spring and a return to normality.
I can only stress that we must do all we can to adhere to these increased restrictions to save lives and protect the NHS while we let the vaccines do their good work. We remain in the grip of the virus but that grip will soon start to loosen as more and more people across the West Midlands receive vaccinations.