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UK News Warning of 'disaster' if Oldham is put in local lockdown - here's what the data is saying

14:50  19 august  2020
14:50  19 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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A local lockdown in Oldham could prove "catastrophic for business", the council leader By Daniel Wainwright, BBC England Data Unit. Oldham currently has one of the highest rates of new Local figures for Oldham show the greatest concentration of new cases came from the Alexandra Park area

OLDHAM is just 48 hours away from being thrown into a Leicester-style lockdown Leicester became the first UK area to be placed into local lockdown in June as cases spiralled to 135 cases per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says the ban on mixing with other

a group of people walking on a city street: Oldham has the highest two-week coronavirus case rate © Imagebridge Oldham has the highest two-week coronavirus case rate Putting Oldham into a coronavirus local lockdown would be a "disaster", the leader of the local council has told Sky News.

Sean Fielding said the area was so "completely and utterly interwoven" with other parts of Manchester that putting firmer restrictions on the borough would be "really impractical".

Oldham currently has the highest two-week COVID-19 case rate across England, Scotland and Wales.

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OLDHAM has seen coronavirus cases rise in recent weeks - and now residents have been warned to 'act now' to avoid extra Residents warned 'Act now to avoid local lockdown . Coronavirus cases have declined in many areas of Greater Manchester, but cases in Oldham are still on the rise - and

Use our interactive tool to see whether cases are on the rise in your area - Oldham is currently A five-mile travel rule has been put in place and residents are being told not to enter each other' s Speaking at a Downing Street press conference in July, he warned that local lockdowns would

Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier did not rule out extending a local lockdown to the area.

a group of people walking down a street next to a building: Mr Fielding said Oldham was 'utterly interwoven' with other parts of Manchester © Imagebridge Mr Fielding said Oldham was 'utterly interwoven' with other parts of Manchester

But Mr Fielding said while infections are rising, hospital admissions and deaths are not.

The people catching coronavirus are only suffering "quite a mild illness" and "spreading it internally within their households", he added.

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LEICESTER was placed under a local lockdown earlier this year due to rising coronavirus cases. So what will be allowed to reopen from Wednesday, and "Current restrictions on gatherings must remain in place to further bring down the rate of infection." When the lockdown was put in place, the region

Oldham Council deputy leader Arooj Shah, said "despite the efforts of our residents, businesses and public services positive cases continue to rise" and warned of a second lockdown . Image caption Extra measures were put in place in Oldham in July after a rise in positive cases.

If businesses like pubs have to shut then patrons will simply go to drink elsewhere and spread the virus, he added.

Several areas across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester have already faced tougher restrictions for more than two weeks to try and contain the spread of coronavirus.

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At its last review point on Friday, the government raised particular concern over Oldham.

"Progress will be assessed throughout the weekend and early next week," an announcement at the time said, fueling fears the borough was on the cup of intervention by ministers.

Mr Fielding pushed strongly against that course.

He told Sky News on Wednesday: "All the businesses that have made preparations to make themselves COVID-secure would now be being asked to close down again.

Matthew Hancock wearing a suit and tie: The health secretary did not rule out declaring a local lockdown © Getty The health secretary did not rule out declaring a local lockdown

"And of course there's no certainty over whether there will be any support or compensation offered to those businesses if they were force to closed.

"I anticipate that if they were, then sadly we would see many of them not open again - and in Oldham's already fragile economy, that would be a disaster."

He denied prioritising the economy over public health, adding: "I don't believe that a local lockdown is one of the solutions we should be pursuing."

Ministers handed powers to councils to declare local lockdowns - but can still impose them if deemed necessary.

Mike Greenberg wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Sean Fielding raised concerns about support for firms forced to shut © Sky News Screen Grab Sean Fielding raised concerns about support for firms forced to shut

Mr Hancock did not rule out doing so on Wednesday.

He told the BBC: "Places like Oldham, where we are now seeing the number of cases rise, we have to take the same localised approach, working very closely with the local council, and make sure we get both the messages to the public and also the rules right in place and the resources, like the testing resources, to get a grip on it in all the areas where there is an outbreak, including Oldham."

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Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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