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85% of new coronavirus infections in Blackburn are among South Asians due to local lockdown threats


Dominic Harrison, Blackburn with Darwen's director of public health

Incredible 85 percent of new Covid-19 infections in Blackburn with Darwen belong to the South Asian population. A local health chief announced today that it will be the second place in England to be affected by coronavirus cases due to an increase in the number of local infections.

For the next month, only two people from the same family are allowed to visit another household in Lancashire, and everyone is required to wear face masks in an enclosed public space.

People are also asked not to hug anyone from outside their own homes and to be tested regularly in new mobile centers to avoid a Leicester-style lockout, which the presidency believes is a "very real" threat.

Mass tests started the weekend after 114 people had discovered the virus in the past two weeks.

Latest data from Public Health England (PHE) show that Blackburn with Darwen had 47 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past week – only second after Leicester's rate of 101.3.

Dominic Harrison, the agency's director of public health, said 85 percent of the 114 new cases are people of South Asian origin. That's despite the fact that the South Asian community makes up only 30 percent of the Council's 150,000 inhabitants.

There are also large South Asian communities in many other areas of England that currently have the highest Covid-19 infection rate, such as Bradford, Rochdale and Oldham.

Professor Harrison told BBC Radio 4 Today: “We have an event with a rising tide rather than an outbreak.

"We have a number of cases that occur in certain areas of a significant community, but not a single major outbreak, but not a single major outbreak like Kirklees or other areas where an outbreak has occurred in the workplace.

“When we look at the zip code data, we see that a single case is infected and then returns to a household and the entire household is infected.

The cases in Blackburn with Darwen have increased from around 20 per 100,000 inhabitants to 47 since June 24

The cases in Blackburn with Darwen have increased from around 20 per 100,000 inhabitants to 47 since June 24

85 percent of the agency's new cases were people with a South Asian background. That's despite the fact that the South Asian community only makes up 30 percent of the Council's 150,000 inhabitants (pictured Blackburn city center)

85 percent of the agency's new cases were people with a South Asian background. That's despite the fact that the South Asian community only makes up 30 percent of the Council's 150,000 inhabitants (pictured Blackburn city center)

Latest data from Public Health England (PHE) show that Blackburn with Darwen (shown) had 47 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population last week - only second after Leicester's 101.3 rate

Latest data from Public Health England (PHE) show that Blackburn with Darwen (shown) had 47 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population last week – only second after Leicester's 101.3 rate

For the next month, Blackburn will have to elbow Darwen residents instead of hugging or hugging people from outside their immediate family (Boris welcomes employees of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust on Monday).

For the next month, Blackburn will have to elbow Darwen residents instead of hugging or hugging people from outside their immediate family (Boris welcomes employees of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust on Monday).

What rules has Blackburn introduced with the Darwen Council?

These are the rules Blackburn announced with the Darwen Council today:

  • A maximum of 2 people from the same household can visit another household
  • Please wear face covers in all closed public spaces. Avoid hugging or shaking hands outside of your immediate family
  • Small Business – We will reinforce our public protection recommendations to ensure that guidelines on facial coverage, social distance, good hygiene, and increased ventilation are followed
  • Get tested – even if you have no symptoms, this helps you find the case

“And if we look at this data, we can see clusters in part of the city, but the clusters are household clusters and some of them are causing the rising tidal event.

“We know that they are mainly in South Asian areas and in areas with a high number of row houses with a high number of residents in the house – four or five or more.

"We have had 114 new cases in the past two weeks, of which approximately 97 are South Asian."

A mountain of evidence has shown that British people with black, Asian and ethnic minorities (BAME) are more likely to contract and die than white people.

Scientists still have to determine exactly why minorities are at increased risk of infection.

However, they believe that this is partly due to the fact that minorities are more likely to live in disadvantaged areas, live in large households and use public transport where they interact with potential disease carriers.

Minority people are also more likely to have health problems related to poverty.

However, experts say that this cannot explain the whole story and that increased rates of vitamin D deficiency in minorities are being investigated.

Blackburn with Darwen residents is now instructed to wear face coverings in all closed public facilities – including work, hairdressers, beauty salons, pubs, libraries and museums.

People are encouraged to bump their elbows with other people with their immediate family instead of hugging or hugging them.

Blackburn with Darwen Council (photo: an aerial view of the council building) announced yesterday that only two people can now visit another person at home

Blackburn with Darwen Council (photo: an aerial view of the council building) announced yesterday that only two people can now visit another person at home

The council also advises small businesses that have difficulty enforcing social distance in order to make them more "Covid-safe" (file).

The council also advises small businesses that have difficulty enforcing social distance in order to make them more "Covid-safe" (file).

Which areas in England currently have the highest infection rates?

Leicester

Blackburn with Darwen

Bradford

Herefordshire

Rochdale

Peterborough

Luton

Kirklees

Calderdale

Wakefield

Oldham

Bolton

Rotherham

Manchester

Sheffield

Northampton

Salford

Leicestershire

Stoke-on-Trent

Lancashire

101.3

47.0

36.5

36.4

30.5

April 27

24.3

23.7

20.0

19.1

16.6

15.1

14.7

13.3

12.9

12.7

12.6

10.9

10.2

9.8

The numbers refer to the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed between July 6 and 12 for every 100,000 people in each community.

Tests were also made available to anyone who wanted one. Residents are actively encouraged to take a swab even if they have no symptoms.

And only two people from the same family can now visit another household indoors.

This differs from the national guidelines, according to which two households of any size can meet inside.

The council also conducts inspections of small shops in the corner and advises those who have difficulty enforcing social distancing to make them more “Covid-safe”.

Professor Harrison said he was particularly concerned about these stores because many elderly people with a South Asian background go shopping for fresh groceries every day.

Professor Harrison added: “These steps will help and we appeal to everyone in Blackburn with Darwen to follow them to protect themselves and their loved ones. If we don't, a local lock like in Leicester will become a very real possibility. & # 39;

He said the official number of cases could increase dramatically over the next week – but told the public not to panic as this was due to increased testing.

However, if the cases continue to increase after two weeks, a localized blockage would need to be considered to curb the spread of the virus.

Professor Harrison said it was more of a gradual reintroduction of measures than a blanket ban seen in Leicester.

Blackburn with Darwen has not seen an increase in coronavirus hospitalizations, indicating a recent increase in cases.

Professor Harrison said this would increase the Council's chances of containing the new resurgence before it got out of control.

He said there was no evidence of workplace outbreaks or widespread transmission within schools.

Council President Mohammed Khan said: "I can assure all residents that the Council is working with various authorities and organizations across the district to convey the message to everyone that life cannot return to normal, and we must all sacrifice one to avoid local blocking.

"Please continue to do your part to abide by the rules to protect yourself and your family."

The rate of Covid-19 infection in England dropped in May before the restriction restrictions were lifted

According to a government study, the rate of coronavirus infections in England was significantly reduced before the blocking restrictions were lifted.

In May, the country's largest coronavirus surveillance study tested over 120,000 volunteers across England.

Each infected person passed the virus on to 0.57 people in May, shortly before schools and shops were reopened, the results show.

The finding is significantly lower than the government's estimate at the time – between 0.7 and one – and proves that the blockage effectively curbs the spread of the virus.

The reproductive rate – the average number of people infected by each Covid-19 patient – was expected to be 2.4 before the onset of blocking.

The research carried out by Imperial College London also provides information on who is more likely to contract the corona virus in May.

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, people of Asian descent and nursing home workers were most likely to test positive for Covid-19.

Health Minister Matt Hancock said the study, which was repeated in June, was critical to the country's ongoing struggle against the coronavirus.

"This ambitious testing program will help us better understand the spread of the virus to date, predict how it will spread in the future, and inform our response to the pandemic," he said.

"It shows the impact of our national lockdown efforts and shows that we have taken the right measures at the right time."

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