North East UK news Covid-19 levels in Newcastle "very different" to Leicester MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Prof Eugene Milne said that the total weekly number of deaths in the city has now dipped to less than 40, below the seasonal average for the last five years
Breaking News ! The Covid-19 situation in Newcastle has “improved enormously” in recent weeks and is “very different” to the virus’ resurgence in Leicester, according to the city’s public health boss. Prof Eugene Milne said that the total weekly number of deaths in the city has now dipped to less than 40, below the seasonal average for the last five years. At one point at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the weekly death toll in the city was almost twice as high as it should have been. Leicester has become the first place in the country to have a local lockdown imposed due to a spike in cases, with its non-essential shops and schools having to close again and this weekend’s further relaxation of restrictions on bars on restaurants not going ahead. But Prof Milne, Newcastle City Council’s director of public health, pledged to learn lessons from what had happened in Leicester over recent weeks in the hope of avoiding a return to lockdown on Tyneside. Council bosses have repeatedly complained that they have not been getting sufficient testing data to identify new outbreaks at a local level, but Prof Milne also confirmed he now expects to get postcode-level breakdowns of all positive tests in the city in the coming days. He said: “The lockdown in Leicester is a bit unusual because in a sense it is an extension of the existing lockdown rather than one that has been imposed as new. “The situation in Newcastle is really very different at the moment.
. “If you were thinking about something at that kind of level, it would only be after a lot of measures had been put in place locally and I would hope we would be able to avoid it completely by acting quickly and early to nip any kind of outbreak in the bud.
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“It would be much more difficult to go for a lockdown of that kind once people have gone back to a kind of normality, bearing in mind that lots of the support mechanisms that are currently in place may have disappeared by that stage.” A new Covid Outbreak Control plan for Newcastle has been published this week, which will see clusters of new cases put into four different categories depending on their severity - green, amber, red, and red plus. Prof Milne added: “The lessons learned from incidents like Leicester or Kirklees or Bristol or internationally are being looked at and we are thinking about how we change the way we work to respond.
“The frequency of outbreaks in meat packing plants, for example, is one thing that influences our thinking and we have to think about how to avoid that sort of thing locally. “Because in public health we are very well networked, I will get the lessons learned from the public health director in Leicester and there are already communications with him and my colleagues happening at the moment.”
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