Manchester news Half of new cases in Trafford are down to the new variant Manchester united news
MetiNews.Com - The borough currently has the highest infection rate per 100,000 people across all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs
Breaking News ! Around 50pc of all new coronavirus cases in Trafford, of which there were over 1,000 this week, are down to the new, more infectious variant of the virus. Trafford’s current infection rate stands at 492.2 per 100,000 people as of January 8. But January 4 saw the highest number of positive cases in Trafford since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 when 217 people tested positive on that day alone. Between January 4 and January 10, more than 1,000 positive tests discovered new cases of the virus across the borough. Eleanor Roaf, Trafford’s Director for Public Health gave an update to Trafford council’s public engagement board and explained ‘rates have increased sharply’. She said: “It really is everywhere. We have seen a big increase in our rates and on January 4 we had the highest number of cases we’ve seen throughout, since February or March; 217 people tested positive. So over 1,000 people a week are testing positive for COVID at the moment in Trafford and those cases are spread throughout the borough. Read More Related Articles North West Ambulance Service moves to highest alert level as it experiences 'extreme pressure' Read More Related Articles House moves 'may need to be paused' to control coronavirus, government warns “It does appear that children are more infectious than they were previously in this one, but that doesn’t mean they’re more infectious than adults. “Where we’re seeing our biggest increase at the moment is in our working age population. It really is something that as adults we need to be taking very seriously and making sure we think about our behaviour. “A lot of cases came through the very end of December and into the beginning of January which we suspect is people mixing a bit over Christmas and the sad thing is that this is most likely people who have absolutely abided by the rules, but it is so infectious that people probably did, inadvertently, give it to each other over Christmas.
.” The borough as a whole now has the highest infection rate of any of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs. And Firswood in the north of the borough has the highest by area infection rate of any place in the city-region – Bowdon sits in fourth after Heald Green and Hazel Grove West in Stockport.
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Ms Roaf added: “The situation isn’t where we would want it to be. Along with the rest of Greater Manchester our rates have been increasing sharply. An increasing proportion of our cases are the new variant which is more infectious. “For an individual the risks of it remain the same, so you’re not more likely to be seriously ill but obviously if something is more infectious more people will become ill and more people will potentially end up in hospital.
“The big concern is to try and really get on top of this variant and reduce the rates in our borough. It’s exactly the same precautions as last time, it’s nothing new, but it does mean that people have to be really scrupulous about abiding by the guidelines – maintaining that social distancing and, I know it’s hard, but absolutely don’t let anyone from outside of your household into your home, don’t visit anyone else. “Do make sure you go outside and get plenty of fresh air and exercise but meet no more than one person from outside your household and make sure, even outdoors, you keep that distance. “Avoid crowded places as much as you possibly can, included crowded supermarkets. Make sure you’re in as well-ventilated a space as you possibly can be.”
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