Manchester news No, Wigan is not 'on the verge of Covid lockdown' Manchester united news

MetiNews.Com - Nowhere in Greater Manchester currently has an infection rate close to Leicester’s, the M.E.N understands

Manchester news No, Wigan is not 'on the verge of Covid lockdown' Manchester united news

MetiNews.Com - Nowhere in Greater Manchester currently has an infection rate close to Leicester’s, the M.E.N understands

Manchester news  No, Wigan is not 'on the verge of Covid lockdown' Manchester united news
30 June 2020 - 16:32

Breaking News ! Wigan’s public health chief has moved to reassure residents that the borough is not on the verge of a Leicester-style local lockdown. National media reports have included the area on a list of more than 30 places said to be ‘at risk’ of a similar move due their infection numbers rising. However Wigan has only seen two new confirmed cases in the past week, up from zero the week before. In Leicester, numbers have risen by 950 in a fortnight. Measured differently, it is understood Wigan has recorded 3.7 infections per 100,000 people in the past week, compared to Leicester’s 135 per 100,000. While Wigan leaders stress the virus is still present and the public needs to continue social distancing and washing their hands, they do not believe the situation is comparable and dismissed the media reports as 'misleading, unhelpful and irresponsible'. A city council worker carries rubbish from a coronavirus testing centre in Leicester (Image: Getty Images) No council chief spoken to in Greater Manchester believes their borough to currently be in the same position as Leicester, where the government imposed a local lockdown yesterday after a spike in cases in the wider community. Rochdale was last week recording the conurbation’s highest rate of infection, the M.E.N. understands, at 35 per 100,000, down from 50 a week earlier. Council insiders there said the bulk of those figures relate to two central wards where a ‘walk-through’ facility is being piloted and has seen 500 extra people tested in the past couple of weeks. Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here Manchester’s infection rate is currently around 10 cases per 100,000.

. (Image: PA) “The figures being quoted are weekly case increases, without any wider context. So for example, in the last week we only recorded two new cases, compared to zero cases the week before. "Our 7-day infection rate is 3.7 per 100,000 people compared to Leicester’s rate of 135 per 100,000. "We also currently have the sixth lowest rate of cases in Greater Manchester and cases in Wigan have only accounted for 0.3% of all national cases this week. “The way this information has been pulled together is misleading, unhelpful and irresponsible. "I’d like to reassure our residents that we monitor all cases through our daily Covid-19 tracker which we’ll be sharing publicly on our website shortly so all residents can see clear, accurate, up to date information which should help put their minds at ease, but to be clear judging by our latest figures, I don’t think we can expect a local lockdown any time soon.” Matt Hancock yesterday confirmed lockdown would be extended in Leicester after a spike in cases (Image: BBC Breakfast) The infection rates quoted for both Leicester and for Wigan, Rochdale and Manchester relate to both ‘pillar one’ tests - those carried out by councils and hospitals here - and ‘pillar two’, tests processed through commercial facilities and processed at private labs. Councils only received the latter data last week and local authorities are still in the process of analysing them, although government has told local authorities not to publish the full numbers for confidentiality reasons. The reasons for the secrecy are not clear, but one senior council figure said they believed the ‘pillar two’ data may not yet be fully reliable. That means accurately comparing local authorities with one another using officially-released data remains difficult, although health secretary Matt Hancock said last night that the numbers would be published at some point by government. Councils are due to submit ‘outbreak management plans’ to government by close of play today, intended to show how they will deal with clusters of cases when they arise.

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Manchester news No, Wigan is not 'on the verge of Covid lockdown' Manchester united news


Manchester news No, Wigan is not 'on the verge of Covid lockdown' Manchester united news


Manchester news No, Wigan is not 'on the verge of Covid lockdown' Manchester united news


Manchester news No, Wigan is not 'on the verge of Covid lockdown' Manchester united news

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