COVID-19 a. Latest situation As of 4.00pm on Thursday 15 October, 673,622 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK. As of 4.00pm on Thursday 15 October, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 43,293 people have died across all settings within 28 days of a positive test. These figures will also be published on the daily dashboard: coronavirus.data.gov.uk. Rutland recorded 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the latest week (7-13 October). This equates to 110 cases per 100,000 people. The average area in England had 95. A total of 24 coronavirus-related deaths have been registered in Rutland as of 2 October. b. New COVID alert system The government has implemented a new three-tier ranking system for local authority areas across England, indicating the COVID threat level for each area. The three Local COVID Alert Levels are Medium, High and Very High. Rutland is currently ranked as Medium-risk, meaning: People must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies) Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through Schools remain open Places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6 Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed This is all in addition to following public health guidance about hand washing, face coverings and social distancing. People living in England can find the Local COVID Alert Level for their area by using a postcode checker on the government’s website.