Manchester news Andy Burnham warns pinning all hopes on vaccine is 'dangerous' Manchester united news
MetiNews.Com - The region's mayor said it feels like the government has given up on Test, Trace and Isolate
Breaking News ! Andy Burnham has warned of the dangers of pinning all hopes on the vaccine without a functioning test and trace system. Greater Manchester's mayor said Test and Trace will be needed to 'manage our exit route from restrictions'. In a tweet, he said it was time to 'get our eyes back on this ball'. His comments came after Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden said she hadn't heard a 'peep' out of Test and Trace since her family member tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet, the businesswoman said: "Family member tested positive for COVID-19 10 days ago and we haven’t heard a peep from Test and Trace. "We are obviously doing our own but what has happened to that eye-wateringly expensive and apparently really important scheme?" Retweeting her post, Mr Burnham wrote: "It feels like Government/media have given up on Test, Trace & Isolate. "All hopes are pinned on vaccination. "This is dangerous. "Even if vaccination goes well, we’ll need functioning Test & Trace to manage our exit route from restrictions. Time to get eyes back on this ball.
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Yesterday, the Manchester Evening News reported how the region faces its ‘worst crisis’ since the pandemic began. Covid patients now make up two thirds of people in our critical care beds and priority operations, including cancer, are continuing to be postponed. Sir Richard Leese, political lead for health in Greater Manchester, warned intensive care patients are ‘continuing to increase again at a rapid rate’. Asked how the current situation compares to best and worst case scenarios projected by local NHS modellers, Sir Richard said Greater Manchester is ‘not far away from the worst case at the moment’ and warned the current situation ‘is not going to go away any time soon’.
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“We haven’t reached the peak yet,” he said. “We probably will start to reach a peak in a week or two weeks, but then it’s not going to be a peak where we go over the top and come down. It’s more likely to be a plateau." Neither Sir Richard or Andy Burnham called for a tightening of restrictions - although the mayor said he didn’t rule it out.
Source = MetiNews.Com