Telford & Wrekin could be moved into Tier 2 of the government's coronavirus regulations.

It is understood that government officials will meet to discuss the move today, after a recommendation based on data showing rising cases in the borough.

If the move is approved, the measures could be announced by the government in parliament as early as tomorrow.

The number of cases in Telford has risen sharply over recent days, with 361 in the seven days up to 22 October, giving the borough a rate of 200.7 cases per 100,000 people.

One of the triggers for being moved up a tier in the government's system is having a case rate above 100 in 100,000 - along with other factors such as the level of hospital admissions.

Shropshire has also seen a rise in cases, with the rate at 106.8 in the seven days up to 22 October. There were 345 cases in that same week, 71 more than the previous week.

Both the Shropshire and Telford boroughs are currently in the tier-one 'medium'-risk category, meaning people can mix with other households inside or outside so long as the group has six people or fewer.

If Telford & Wrekin is moved into Tier 2, people in the borough will no longer be able to meet socially indoors with others if they do not live with them - whether in private homes, pubs or restaurants.

People in support bubbles can go on meeting as before, informal childcare may also be provided, and people will still be able to meet outside while adhering to the rule of six.

Schools and universities remain open under the rules, as do businesses, but pubs and restaurants must ensure that customers consume food & drink only while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am.

The Department of Health has declined to comment on whether the issue is under discussion and only said that decisions in changes are taken after talks with local politicians and public-health experts.