Northern cities affected by a new mini-lock never got the first wave of coronavirus under control. Experts warn of fears of a "dangerous" second tip
- The infection rate in the affected cities in the north has had a hard time falling below 3
- The data show that the average number of cases in the affected exclusion zone, which includes parts of Manchester and Yorkshire, was above the national average
- Experts say the infection never went away in the areas that were newly blocked
Northern cities affected by new blocking restrictions have never recovered from the first wave of coronavirus, experts say.
Data published by Public Health England indicate that the average infection rate in the affected areas in the north of England was much higher than in the rest of England.
While the national average peaked at 7.2 cases per 100,000 by the end of April, the northern exclusion zone reached an average of 9.3 cases per day per 100,000 people.
Public Health England data suggests that the Northern Exclusion Zone has never really recovered after the first wave of coronavirus as new restrictions have been introduced to contain the spike in certain cases
Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health at Edinburgh University, told the Sunday Telegraph: “The virus has always been there. It never went away.
"We operated a fairly high level of community broadcasting."
Public Health England data show that the infection rate in the areas affected by the new restrictions has rarely dropped below three per 100,000, while the national average has fallen below one per 100,000.
On Thursday, the government announced new blocking rules for millions of people living in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
The rule stipulates that members of different households may no longer meet in their houses or gardens, as well as in public places such as pubs and restaurants.
However, people are still free to meet outside in areas such as beer gardens and parks.
Karol Sikora, professor of medicine at the University of Buckingham and former director of the World Health Organization, added: "There is no second wave – this increase is the persistent, localized ripple of the first wave."
He suggested that the fight against the coronavirus in the new exclusion zone may be due to "a higher level of social disadvantage, in which people live in groups and are unable to isolate themselves so that it is recycled".
The infection rate in Oldham, Bradford and Trafford is now over 40 per 100,000, in Calderdale at 37.1 and in Manchester at 32.9.
Boris Johnson warned that millions of over-50s could be ordered to stay at home to avoid national closure as concerns in the second wave increase
It is because of Boris Johnson's "nuclear plans" that millions of people over the age of 50 could be ordered to stay at home to avoid further national closure.
The Prime Minister was forced to announce a slowdown in easing on Friday, with the easing planned for the leisure and beauty sectors being delayed following an increase in Covid 19 cases.
The proposals would ask a larger number of people to participate in the screening program based on their age or certain risk factors that have been identified since March, the Telegraph said.
According to the Times, even people between the ages of 50 and 70 could receive "personalized risk assessments," which would add to the 2.2 million most vulnerable and asked to protect themselves from society during the Spring Summit.