The Bolton Council Chairman calls on the government to maintain Covid restrictions after an "unforeseen" surge in infections
- Bolton should relax its local lockdown restrictions starting tomorrow
- But infections rose from 44.9 cases per 100,000 on Friday to 56.4 per 100,000 on Tuesday over the weekend
- Now Council Chairman David Greenhalgh has called for the restrictions to remain in place
- The government will put the counties on alert if they exceed 50 per 100,000
Bolton council presidents have asked the government to cancel plans to relax tomorrow's coronavirus restrictions after an "unforeseen" spike in cases.
The two house social gatherings were due to resume for the first time in weeks from Wednesday as restrictions were eased in Bolton and other parts of northern England.
However, a sharp spike in local infection rates over the past week has caused the council to turn around.
The request was made after an emergency meeting between officials when the number of new Covid-19 cases rose from 44.9 per 100,000 on Friday to 56.4 per 100,000 on Tuesday.
Central Bolton was largely deserted this morning due to severe covider restrictions – the council has asked that the local lockdown continue due to a rising infection rate
The analysis found that new cases in Bolton were scattered across the borough rather than confined to a single area, township or job, the council said.
Conservative Chairman of Bolton Council, Councilor David Greenhalgh
Inter-household infections appear to be the main driver of the increase, with people aged 18 to 49 making up the vast majority of new cases, he added.
Conservative Chairman of Bolton Council, Councilor David Greenhalgh, said, “It is with a heavy heart that the cabinet and officers' team have made this decision and it will be incredibly disappointing for local residents and entrepreneurs alike.
& # 39; We have urged the government to lift Bolton out of the additional restrictions at a time when infection rates were low.
& # 39; That was the right decision back then.
& # 39; However, the number of coronavirus cases in Bolton has increased suddenly and unpredictably.
"We have always been guided by the data, which means we have no choice but to act quickly to keep everyone safe."
Reversing the plans would also mean certain businesses, including those offering close contact services, will not reopen as planned.
Bolton city center became known this morning before it became known today that Greater Manchester City Council and Bolton are calling on Bolton to stay within Covid-19 restrictions as the district points to the government's "red" threshold for cases
A lone resident walking through Bolton city center wearing a face mask this morning
Bolton, along with Stockport, Trafford, Burnley, Hyndburn and parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, should comply with the restrictions currently in force in most of England.
The Trafford Council Presidents had recommended that the restrictions remain in place pending further signs of a persistent downtrend in positive cases, but have been overridden by the government.
Latest figures show that the 7-day infection rate in Trafford has increased from 19.0 to 35.8. 85 new cases were registered. This is the highest rate for Trafford since late July when the additional restrictions were put in place.
Labor Council Chairman Andrew Western has written to Secretary of Health Matt Hancock "urging clarity" on the government's position on Trafford.
In his letter, Mr Western said, "Unfortunately I have to point out to you that Trafford has now returned to the government's Amber Zone in relation to cases of 100,000 and now has a significantly higher case rate than some other areas in the Greater Manchester area. The restrictions will not be applied tomorrow canceled.
A couple of people stop in Bolton this morning to take some social distance
In short, this decision has created chaos and confusion that not only has the potential to affect the health of my residents, but also the likelihood of compliance in neighboring counties, which now have a lower infection rate than Trafford.
& # 39; The proposed regulations now make little sense.
"The system has been undermined by government decision-making processes."
He added that he was "very disappointed" that his representations to the government were "completely ignored" over the past week, along with "two of our three local MPs, two of our three opposition group leaders and our public health director".
Mr Western said it "only serves to exacerbate fears that the national government never intended to usefully consider such views, only to consider the views of Conservative MPs in the affected areas."