Bolton begs government NOT to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions after spike in cases
BOLTON Council will ask the government NOT to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions after a spike in cases.
The restrictions in the Greater Manchester town are due to be lifted in less than 24 hours.
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Bolton is one of several areas across England’s north-west that was due to end local lockdown restrictions imposed on July 31.
However, members of the local council alarmed that the rise in cases has seen a rise in the infection rate.
In the week of August 28, Bolton recorded 161 new cases, more than double the previous week.
The infection rate in the seven days to August 28 is equivalent to 44.9 per 100,000 people.
Data released today by NHS Digital showed the rate in Bolton is the highest in England at 56.4 per 100,000 along with Oldham.
It means the rate of infection has doubled week-on-week, putting an end to a period of relatively low figures.
The Government puts any borough in the country on red-alert – the highest level in place – when the rate goes above 50 cases per 100,000 people.
Yesterday officials in Bolton discussed measures to tackle a "concerning, sudden and unpredicted" spike in Covid-19 cases.
The decision to lift restrictions in Bolton was announced last Friday.
Covid-19 cases summary
HERE is a summary of the rates of Covid-19 cases in key areas of England as of August 28:
- Pendle – There were 66 new cases recorded in Pendle in the seven days to August 28. This is the equivalent of 71.7 cases per 100,000 people – up from 60.8 per 100,000 in the previous week.
- Oldham – Some 135 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 28 – the equivalent of 56.4 cases per 100,000 people. This is down from 64.9 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to August 21.
- Corby – The number of new cases is low compared with parts of north-west England – 37 in the seven days to August 28 – but this is the equivalent of 51.2 cases per 100,000 people and is up from 23.5 in the previous seven days.
- Bolton – From updated data released today Bolton has an seen a huge increase in the infection nrate which stands at 56.4 per 100,00. The town has had its highest seven-day rate since late May.
- Trafford – The seven-day rate in Trafford is up from 19.0 to 35.8, with 85 new cases recorded. This is the highest rate for Trafford since the end of July.
- South Tyneside – There were 49 new cases in South Tyneside in the seven days to August 28 – the equivalent of 32.5 per 100,000 people. This is up from 10.6 in the previous seven days and is the highest since late May.
- Birmingham – The seven-day rate in Birmingham is broadly unchanged on a week ago: 26.0, up slightly from 24.3. A total of 297 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 28.
- Leicester -Numbers have come right down from the levels seen in June and July. The latest seven-day rate is 24.3 new cases per 100,000 – down from 48.8 in the previous week and a big drop from the likes of 159.5 in late June.
But daily government data shows 40 new cases were recorded on Bank Holiday Sunday – days before restrictions are planned to be eased.
The rise has prompted Bolton council leader David Greenhalgh to arrange an emergency meeting with council and health officials this morning.
In a statement, he said: “I have been in direct communication with council officers this morning about the concerning, sudden unpredicted rise in positive cases in the borough.
"Health officials are collating the current data to provide the full picture for an emergency meeting for officers and the cabinet, set for first thing in the morning, to examine the data in detail and look at the implications.”
For the time being, those in the specified areas will only be banned from entering the homes of other households.
This means that non-essential shops will remain open and people can still go to pubs and restaurants.
But Mr Hancock has not ruled out further lockdown restrictions should the current measures fail to slow the rise in cases.
In his statement, he insisted that he was "determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe."
Over the past month, residents of Bolton were unable to meet in a private home or garden if they did not live together.
The strict rules also stopped people socialising with others they didn’t live with in indoor public venues such as pubs, restaurants and cafes.
Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals were allowed to go ahead but with a maximum of 30 attendees.
Wedding after-parties and wakes were also banned.
A spokesperson for Bolton Council told the Sun Online: "Bolton Council has asked for additional coronavirus restrictions to remain in place after an unforeseen spike in the local infection rate.
"However, the council has asked for restrictions to remain in place after figures revealed the local infection rate has jumped to 56.4 cases per 100,000.
"The decision would also mean that certain businesses, including those offering close contact services, will not reopen as planned.
"Last week, the government agreed to lift extra restrictions in Bolton, and other areas, due to steadily falling COVID-19 rates.
"But following an emergency meeting it has been requested that the additional restrictions remain until further notice.
"Analysis shows that new cases in Bolton are spread across the borough and are not limited to a single area, community, or place of work.
"Infections between different households appear to be the main cause of the spike with people aged 18-49 representing the overwhelming majority of new cases."
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