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Oldham could be next for a full local lockdown if there is a sudden surge in new coronavirus cases


Oldham could be completely banned "within days" after Covid-19 cases doubled in a week despite stricter restrictions.

The council in the region said 255 new cases were diagnosed in the week ending Aug. 8, compared to 137 cases the week before.

Katrina Stephens, director of public health at Oldham Council, said officials were discussing closings of bars, restaurants and gyms after a "sudden surge" in infection rates.

Most of the cases in the past four weeks have been diagnosed in people in their twenties and thirties as concern about younger people having parties increases.

Arooj Shah, vice chairman of Oldham Council, said people were "tired and fed up" with the existing rules that went into effect two weeks ago, but they needed to keep going.

The city's 235,000 residents were told two weeks ago not to let visitors into their home and stay two meters from friends and family if they see them outside.

It came after the city of Greater Manchester rose to the top of the list with the highest infection rate in England with 50.5 cases per 100,000 on July 29.

But now Oldham's infection rate has more than doubled to 107.5 – as high as it was at the height of the UK epidemic in April – from the previous week's rate of 57.8 per 100,000.

For comparison, Leicester had 135 per 100,000 residents when it was the first and only location in England to undergo a complete local lockdown on June 30th.

Pendle in Lancashire is also looking for a possible lockdown as it has "the highest number of positive cases in the country", according to the council.

The heads of state and government have asked the locals – especially young people – to stop socializing in households.

Oldham, a city in the Greater Manchester area, faces the closure of its pubs, restaurants and gyms as cases there continue to increase despite the rules against mixing people from different households

Most of the cases in the past four weeks have been diagnosed in people in their twenties and thirties as concern about younger people having parties increases

Most of the cases in the past four weeks have been diagnosed in people in their twenties and thirties as concern about younger people having parties increases

Oldham's bars, restaurants, gyms and shops are at risk of closure due to a sudden surge in coronavirus cases. Pictured: A pedestrian street in the city on July 30th

Oldham's bars, restaurants, gyms and shops are at risk of closure due to a sudden surge in coronavirus cases. Pictured: A pedestrian street in the city on July 30th

The council said 255 new cases were diagnosed in the week leading up to Aug. 8, compared with 137 cases the week before. Pictured: people wearing face masks while shopping on July 29th

The council said 255 new cases were diagnosed in the week leading up to Aug. 8, compared with 137 cases the week before. Pictured: people wearing face masks while shopping on July 29th

WHAT ARE THE RULES IN OLDHAM?

The people of Oldham are now reminded by the council:

  • Limit the number of people you come into contact with and work from home whenever possible
  • Do not have visitors in your house or garden
  • If you need to meet people from outside your household, do so in an outdoor location to maintain social distance and avoid physical contact
  • A mask should be worn when visiting stores and using public transport or other enclosed or crowded spaces.
  • Do not touch your face and wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.

Oldham Council said although additional action was taken in the community two weeks ago, the number of positive cases has continued to increase since then.

The infection rate was 50.5 for the week ending July 25, just days before residents were told to avoid home visits.

The infections appeared to have subsided after the initial surge. However, in the past few days there has been a second "sudden spike" that raised the infection rate to 107.5, the council said.

Ms. Stephens said the new Covid-19 cases are "absolutely something we are concerned about," reports The Guardian.

The council is in talks with the central government over a full lockdown that could happen in "days instead of weeks" if people fail to adhere to measures.

This could mean the closure of local services and businesses such as gyms and leisure centers, libraries, restaurants, bars, and non-essential stores that will only begin to recover after the nationwide lockdown.

Ms. Stephens said the closings of pubs, restaurants and leisure centers require enforcement of national powers, saying: “These discussions are being held to prepare for should this be necessary.

"We're not there yet and if people take these measures we really hope that it will bring the rate down and that it won't be needed."

Oldham Council vice chair Ms. Shah previously said two-thirds of new cases in late July were mostly in Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities.

Of all 516 cases in the past four weeks, 296 were among Asian and British-Asian groups, data shows.

But the 255 new cases this week were "in all areas, in all ages, and in all communities," Ms. Shah said.

In the last four weeks to August 7, there has been an increase in coronavirus cases in people between the ages of 20 and 30, according to official data.

Most cases (66) occurred in women over the age of 20, followed by men in the same age group (52).

Women aged 20 and over are also responsible for most of the cases throughout the pandemic as a whole (235). It's not clear if this is because they are catching the coronavirus more often or because they are most likely signing up for a test.

For comparison: In the last four weeks, 36 cases were diagnosed in women over 60 years of age and 23 in men over 60 years of age.

The council's official data comes just days after police received 100 rule-breaking calls over the weekend to host parties.

Women aged 20 and over are also responsible for most of the cases throughout the pandemic as a whole (235). It's not clear if this is because they are catching the coronavirus more often or because they are most likely signing up for a test

Women under the age of 20 are also responsible for most of the cases throughout the pandemic as a whole (235). It's not clear if this is because they are catching the coronavirus more often or because they are most likely signing up for a test

How the falls in Oldham have grown over the past week

How the falls in Oldham have grown over the past week

New cases appear to be widespread in the community and not targeted towards specific communities. Pictured: shoppers in Oldham on July 30th

New cases appear to be widespread in the community and not targeted towards specific communities. Pictured: shoppers in Oldham on July 30th

There have been concerns in parts of Manchester that young people are catching the coronavirus in pubs and other social facilities, unwittingly spreading the disease and passing it on to family members.

The full list of 29 cities on the & # 39; watchlist & # 39; *:

  1. Blackburn with Darwen
  2. Oldham
  3. Leicester
  4. Bradford
  5. Calderdale
  6. Pendulum
  7. Trafford
  8. Manchester
  9. Rochdale
  10. Tameside
  11. Salford
  12. Kirklees
  13. Stockport
  14. Burnley
  15. Bolton
  16. To bury
  17. Hyndburn
  18. Rossendale
  19. Wigan
  20. Preston
  21. Luton
  22. Swindon
  23. Northampton
  24. Peterborough
  25. Sandwell
  26. Bedford
  27. Wakefield
  28. Oadby
  29. Wigston and Eden

* As of August 7th, based on data between July 27th and August 2nd

Some Oldham residents say the tighter restrictions have had no effect and people are still doing what they want.

Hazel Banks, who lives near Alexandra Park, one of the worst hit areas in Oldham, told the Manchester Evening News: “People are not obeying the lockdown.

“From the start, people ignored it every day.

“We see it with our neighbors. Every day 10 or 20 people go in and out of a house.

"They had parties and barbecues all the way through."

Councilor Ms. Shah said people were "tired, full, scared, angry and confused" but reiterated the importance of following instructions.

"We are all threatened by this horrific virus and it is our responsibility to protect ourselves, our friends and society at large by following this stricter guide and acting responsibly," she said.

“We know that by and large, the people of Oldham are behaving responsibly and complying with coronavirus restrictions.

“But the coronavirus hasn't gone away – and rates are rising now. There is no time to lose to avoid a second blocking.

"We need everyone to act now and make changes to the way they live to prevent severe lockdowns from being imposed in the coming days or weeks."

Greater Manchester as a whole has been subject to stricter measures alongside East Lancashire and West Yorkshire since the end of July because cases have risen too high.

Pendle in East Lancashire also saw an increase in infection rates, although additional measures kept people from meeting others at home or indoors.

The council said in a statement: “In Pendle, particularly Nelson and Brierfield, cases continue to rise and everyone is urged to do everything possible to stop the virus from spreading further.

"Pendle currently has the highest test rate in the Northwest and the highest number of positive cases in the country."

The council urged everyone to take a test, even if they didn't show any symptoms.

Council President Mohammed Iqbal said: “The coronavirus is spreading between households and within households. So it's really important that everyone follows these local measures.

“If we don't do this, we will take much stricter measures. Please do all you can now to stop the virus from spreading further.

"Stick to your budget bubbles and do not have visitors in your home or visit people in your home."

Councilor Nadeem Ahmed said: “We understand that it is difficult for young people to feel isolated from their friends.

"We appeal to you to keep following these measures for a while longer so that the virus is not passed on to other members of your household who may be more vulnerable than you."

Meanwhile in Trafford, one of the richest of the 10 counties in Greater Manchester, New ConfIrmed coronavirus cases have been cut in half, suggesting the measures there are effective.

Something 46 new cases were recorded between July 30 and August 6, compared with 85 the week before when it was among the hardest-hit local authorities in the country.

It comes after Public Health Director Eleanor Roaf warned of a "complacent white middle class" after revealing that 80 percent of new Covid-19 cases were among whites.

LOCKDOWN RULES: WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO

affected areas: Preston, Greater Manchester (City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford), Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leicester.

You must not: Meet people who you do not live with in a private household or garden, unless they have formed a support bubble (or other exceptions made by law).

Visit someone else's home or garden, even if they live outside the affected areas.

You should not: Meet with people you don't live with in other indoor public spaces – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.

Punish: Fines starting at £ 100 and halving to £ 50 if paid in the first 14 days, but doubling for later violations.

HOW MANY PEOPLE DO THE RULES AFFECT?

Greater Manchester (including the city of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford): 2,835,686

Blackburn with Darwen: 149.696

Burnley: 88,920

Hyndburn: 81.043

Pendulum: 92.112

Rossendale: 71.482

Bradford: 539.776

Calderdale: 211.455

Kirklees: 439.787

Preston: 141.818

Leicester: 329.839

Total: 4,981,614

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