People across the Liverpool City Region will be listening intently this morning for news on the government's plans for new coronavirus restrictions.

England's national lockdown will end on December 2, with a new, tougher tier system being brought into place.

The Liverpool City Region was the first part of the country to be put in the top tier of new restrictions in October.

At the time Liverpool and Knowsley had the worst infection rates in the country, with the rest of the city region not far behind.

But things look very different now and politicians across the conurbation are confident that the area will be placed into the second tier of new restrictions today - Tier 2.

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If that is the case, it will be because of the dramatic falls in infection rates in all areas.

Analysis of the data shows that Liverpool's infection rate peaked at a shocking 764 cases per 100,000 residents around October 10.

Just six weeks later, the latest numbers show the city has brought that figure down to around 145 cases per 100,000.

At one point in October, Knowsley's infection rate was the worst in the country - it reached 722 per 100,000.

The borough has experienced a similarly dramatic fall in numbers, with a current rate of around 150 cases per 100,000.

But the falling rates have occurred right across the city region.

Wirral's case rate is the lowest at around 112 cases per 100,00 - down from more than 300 in October.

St Helens' has dropped from 476 to 170, while Sefton's has fallen from 479 to just 141.

It is an enormously different picture from a month ago,with none of our local boroughs featuring in the top 100 worst hit areas in the country.

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It is these significant and continued falls that mean it seems highly likely that the government will place the entire region into Tier 2 of the new restrictions later today.