Luton, Wolverhampton and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were the only three places in England to see a drop in Covid-19 infection rates over the past week – and only one of them is in a local lockdown.
In Wolverhampton, where residents are banned from meeting friends and family in each other's homes or gardens, weekly infections fell 1.6 percent from 70.2 to 69.1 per 100,000 people, according to a surveillance report released yesterday by Public Health England.
In Luton, the rate fell 4.3 percent from 53.7 to 51.4 per 100,000. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly saw the biggest drop in cases across the country after their rate fell 33.34 percent from 31.2 to 20.8 per 100,000. But infection rates have increased in every other agency in England.
The numbers add to evidence that local lockdowns are not working – up to 50 regions in England are hit by tougher measures as the government tries to crack down on spiral infections. Labor hit local lockdowns on regions after data was revealed that 19 out of 20 areas struggling under tougher measures continued to see spikes in infections.
Places like Bolton, which was at the epicenter of the outbreak, have seen rates spike since restrictions were put in place. The latest data from Public Health England shows that its rate has increased nearly 40 percent over the past week to reach 250.6 per 100,000.
Nottingham is now England's Covid-19 hotspot, separate statistics were released last night. More restrictions remain to be imposed, but the city's rate rose 580 percent last week, with about 600 cases per 100,000 people.
Boris Johnson will be unveiling a three-tier lockdown system next week and further restrictions on opening times for pubs, bars and restaurants in the north of England.
Hundreds of thousands of British at risk could also be asked to shelter indoors for months to keep from getting the disease. A decision has yet to be made, but there are fears that such a move could harm the mental health of people who are forced to spend months at home.
Brits at risk may have to shield themselves under three-tier lockdown indoors for MONTHS
Hundreds of thousands of British at risk may need to be screened indoors for months, and measures to contain the coronavirus are expected to be in place by at least April to keep the NHS from imploding in winter.
Advice to clinically vulnerable people to avoid contact with others could be included in the top tier of a local traffic light lockdown that will be announced next week.
Concern about the rising infection rates in the north of England is growing.
A total of 609 coronavirus patients were hospitalized on Thursday – an increase of a fifth per day – and an additional 17,540 cases and 77 deaths have been reported.
A decision on shielding is pending, according to The Times, and there are fears that such a move could harm the mental health of people who would be forced to spend months at home alone.
A source in Whitehall told the newspaper that a new, more personal approach was planned.
"The intent is not to bring the same program back, but to be more focused in the actions and what you ask people to do," they said.
"It is a great request to cocoon people up because of a potentially long winter."
Instead, people might be asked to take personal precautions, such as: B. Avoid shopping during busy times.
An algorithm developed by Oxford University could be used to decide who should take the strictest precautions.
Wolverhampton was suspended on September 22nd after cases rose to 47.3 per 100,000.
From then on, cases rose to a rate of 70.2 per 100,000 by October 2. This week is the first time they have fallen.
Luton managed to lift stricter restrictions two months ago after the coronavirus infection rate fell from 24.3 on July 16 to 18.2 per 100.00.
As a reference, the government considers quarantine restrictions on travel abroad when there are cases above 20 per 100,000.
Sarah Owen, the Luton North MP, told the city that the city had managed to get cases under control through a rigorous testing regime.
"As you go along, there will be areas where you will see a spike and it will be enough to be a cause for concern. However, once certain things are set up, you don't need to lock down completely," she said.
& # 39; In Luton this relied on data, reliable data, to be able to identify where the peaks were coming from – on a really local (level). We could even get the specific zip code up to certain events. That really helped with tracking and tracing. & # 39;
The city's mayor, Councilor Tahir Malik, resigned from his post on August 5 after violating local lockdown restrictions by attending a garden party.
He was pictured at the event with two other council members and his face mask hung under his chin.
Cllr Malik said in a statement: "I again regret my actions which have been below the standard of my position and I sincerely apologize to the people of Luton for attending this gathering that violated Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. "
Labor beat up Boris Johnson on Wednesday after revealing damn statistics showing local lockdowns failed to contain the spread of the virus.
In a fiery exchange, Sir Keir Starmer blew up the Prime Minister, warned that local restrictions weren't working, and highlighted the controversial curfew on pubs at 10 p.m. that the government had failed to provide a scientific basis for the measure.
"Although cases in the country have increased significantly this week across the country from last week, 7-day statistics show that there are now 497 cases per 100,000 in Liverpool, 522 cases per 100,000 in Manchester and 422 in Newcastle" , he said .
"The key point is that the local regional approach combined with the national approach remains correct, as two-thirds of those hospitalized on Sunday were in the North West, North East and Yorkshire."
The UK continued to see spiraling infections this week as fears of further restrictions mount. More than 17,000 new cases were identified in the country yesterday.
As the number of admissions increases, fears grow that hospitals will soon be overwhelmed by an increasing number of admissions.
Of the hospital trusts with more than five admissions per day in the last week of September, the NHS trust of Blackpool's teaching hospitals is the closest to the numbers recorded during the peak of the outbreak of 17 people admitted on September 28, versus 28 on September 23. May were recorded. (The graph compares the highest number of daily recordings in the last week of September with the highest number during the peak of the epidemic in March, April or May for each area.
Matt Hancock is charged with trying to get Boris Johnson to close pubs, bars and restaurants
Matt Hancock has been charged with trying to get Boris Johnson to shut down the hospitality sector in the north when he warned Britain of a "dangerous moment".
Speaking to an NHS conference, the Health Minister said he was "very concerned" about an increase in hospital admissions in recent days.
His comments came after Whitehall sources accused the Department of Health of trying to cut down proposals to curb hospitality at hotspots in the north before they were agreed.
Downing Street denied reports that the Prime Minister had "signed" a package of restrictions that would include closing all pubs and restaurants in worst hotspots next week.
The prime minister's official spokesman said ministers are still considering "a number of options".
Some of these are on the verge of total hospitality closure, including limited opening times.
There have also been reports of a rift between Mr Hancock and Rishi Sunak, with the Chancellor reportedly furious that the government is pushing its "traffic light" system of restrictions on 13 million people in the north of England.
According to statistics, Blackpool NHS hospitals are treating up to 65 percent as many patients as they were at the height of the outbreak in April.
In Newcastle and Liverpool, admission rates are approaching numbers that have not been seen in six months as the second wave of Covid-19 sweeps through northern England.
The incidence of illness has increased significantly since mid-August and as it penetrates deeper into society and reaches older age groups, more and more people are being hospitalized. Figures show that one in four people who test positive in the UK ends up in hospital.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals admitted 17 infected patients on September 28, 61 percent of the high of 28 observed on May 23.
The Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust admitted nine patients on September 25th and 29th, up from 41 percent of the maximum of 22 in one day on March 30th. At Liverpool University Hospitals, the 22 people admitted on September 28 were 32 percent of the patients peak of 68 on the last day in March.
The data comes from a monthly NHS report and admissions continued to rise in the first week of October, but their locations are not yet publicly available.
A large majority of NHS trusts – 153 out of 206 – admitted an average of one or no patients per day during this period, showing that a small number of hospitals account for almost the entire increase in patients.
It is because leaked public health documents have warned parts of the Northwest that approvals could go past their worst levels before the end of this month if no further action is taken.
Local officials say it is "extremely likely" that the number of inpatients will rise above 3,000 in October – higher than the April maximum of 2,890 and possibly doubling to 6,000, according to a report in the Health Service Journal.
Public health staff said it might even be too late to prevent it from happening with so many people already infected.
Of the 10 worst-hit hospital trusts, where admissions rise to more than 10 percent of peak levels, nine are in the north.
In addition to Blackpool, Newcastle and Liverpool, these include trusts in St. Helens & Knowsley in Merseyside, Bolton, Leeds, Greater Manchester and Manchester City as well as in South Tyneside and Sunderland.
The Barts Health NHS Trust in east London is the only location in the southern half of the country that is involved. The values are at 10 percent of their highest level.
These data only include trusts that admitted an average of five or more people per day during the last week of September.
Health Minister Nadine Dorries said today that the recordings are entering a "critical phase" again and that further measures must be taken to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed.
"Those who now claim that no further action is needed," Ms. Dorries said in a tweet, "will argue in about 10 days, when hospital admissions are at a critical stage, that we haven't done enough."
"We have to do everything we can to prevent our intensive care units #NHS from being overwhelmed."
The NHS figures released today also show that on April 12, 15 times as many hospital beds in England were occupied by Covid-19 patients as on October 1.
The most recent point shows that 1.82 percent of beds are occupied by people with coronavirus, with the rate in the northwest (4.12 percent) twelve times higher than the southwest (0.33 percent).
At the height of the crisis, 27 percent of all beds in the country were occupied by people with Covid-19. That was highest in London, where people with coronavirus took up 40 percent of all hospital beds in the city.
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