'Worrying patterns of infection emerging' in Cheshire East

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Cheshire East Council remains concerned about the increase in Covid-19 cases across the borough.

Cheshire East was designated as an Enhanced Response Area on 14 June, but since then cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant have continued to rise and not just in Macclesfield and Crewe, but more recently in Congleton, Middlewich and Sandbach.

Council teams in public health, education and regulatory services along with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS partners and neighbouring local authorities, are all working together to ensure the outbreaks are closely monitored and additional testing resources have been brought into the borough along with mobile vaccination pop-ups, to help curb the latest increase of Covid-19 positive cases.

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: "We have all worked together for such a long time over the last sixteen months to keep people safe and I want to thank everyone for following the guidance.

"But despite all our efforts, we are now seeing worrying patterns of infection emerging. We can't afford to become complacent otherwise we will keep seeing rates rise and our schools and businesses will continue suffering disruption.

"We all have to be socially responsible and do the right thing for ourselves and for each other. This includes young people as the majority of new cases are in the 10 to 39 age group and whether you are a young person or an adult, it's in our hands to do the right thing."

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council adults and health committee chair, said: "We are so close to our lives returning to normal, but now is not the time to let our guard down. Hands, space, face, fresh air, along with getting both jabs when they are offered to you along with regular testing, is more important than ever."

For more information on testing, vaccinations and self-isolation support, go to the council's webpage at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19

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Andy Brown
Friday 2nd July 2021 at 4:54 pm
Hardly worrying given the vaccine is doing exactly what it is designed to do.
Fiona Doorbar
Saturday 3rd July 2021 at 7:31 am
This article really doesn’t inform imo.
How many cases are there and how many of those cases are hospitalised and tragically how many result in dying?
The vaccine is doing what it is designed to do and the media should be turning stats on their heads and feeding people the positive message to hopefully encourage more to get the jab not all this negative messaging
Covid is not going away and sadly more people are passing away due to other illness and disease.
Vince Chadwick
Monday 5th July 2021 at 5:03 pm
Following today's farcical announcement, here's how a friend of mine sums up the situation. I think he gets it about right:

"So, government briefing:
4th wave underway with exponential infections
Hospitalisations climbing rapidly
Deaths climbing

Conclusion:
Let's throw everything open as if there is no pandemic, bwaaa. Let the anti-maskers go crazy. Bwaaa bwaaa chortle guffaw.

I've never seen a government briefing that so shockingly contrasts the seriousness of the situation with the actions being taken. We are being governed by psychopaths."
Pete Taylor
Monday 5th July 2021 at 10:26 pm
Unbelievable; they want to reduce the population by a significant percentage. Vote Conservative.
Thank goodness for Alderley First I local elections.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 5th July 2021 at 10:36 pm
Deaths are NOT climbing rapidly Vince . India's wave is dropping now so we wont be far behind them. Clearly you are an anti Vaxer as you do not believe the jabs are working and cutting the link between infections and death. Fiona is quite right in her summation and I am afraid you are now coming across as a tad histrionic Vince we dont all wish to be wearing a mask everywhere for the next 10 years thanks but you carry on as you wish. I will wear one if I venture on the Tube in London but willl be happy not to whilst going in and out of empty towers in a Welsh castle last week (with nobody there other than my wife it was just silly). I will exercise MY judgement in future rather than folliwing some diktat
Fiona Doorbar
Tuesday 6th July 2021 at 5:47 am
Here’s a pasted section from the last report I read Vince. I hope this changes your view to a more positive one perhaps…..

“Hospital admissions are recorded by NHS trust rather than geographical area, and the news is encouraging across the county.
While there has been an increase in cases in Cheshire, hospital admissions have not followed suit- a sign the vaccination programme is working.

East Cheshire has no current admissions.
This is down from a high of 110 admissions on January 24.”

Furthermore, I stand by my comments about how we should be trying to encourage more to get vaccinated due to this statement included in the same report…..

“Hospital cases have also almost doubled, though most of those needing treatment have not had a vaccine.”

If there are statistics to the contrary that are more recent then please publish them as I cannot find any at this moment
Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 6th July 2021 at 3:57 pm
Tony, you sometimes draw some odd conclusions. You paint me as an 'anti-vaxxer' which could not be further from the truth. It does make me wonder about the value the rest of your post.

The calm and understated Dr John Campbell on YouTube calls these latest proposals 'the UK Experiment'. Others are more outspoken. He sees it as a move to a herd immunity model. Infections are rising at a truly alarming rate in the UK but thanks to the success of the vaccines (an NHS success as it was thankfully kept out of the hands of Tory cronies, unlike PPE and the £35 BILLION failed Test & Trace system) the direct link between infections and deaths has been largely broken - for now. Given that most of the world is un-vaccinated and will remain so for some time yet, the virus has ample opportunity to mutate, which of course it will. There is every chance that some of those mutations will side-step the vaccines.

However, that aside, more infections WILL mean more hospital admissions and more deaths, just not at anything like the rate we saw prior to the vaccination program. There will be a great deal more of the virus around if Johnson's proposals go ahead. If you are double-vaccinated (some people can't be) and if you do not suffer reduced immunity through illness or medical treatment, this 'UK Experiment' might work for you. Until a new game-changing variant comes along.

The point about mask wearing is that it is altruistic; it protects others from a potentially infected wearer far more than it protects the wearer from a potentially infected anti-masker'. Making the personal choice to wear one 'on the Tube' will not offer you much protection if others less socially responsible decide to exercise their right to go unmasked - and they will! Giving anti-maskers the oxygen of official consent at the time of an exponentially-rising infection rate hardly seems wise.

Manchester's Mayor Andy Burnham wants to see mask wearing continue to be compulsory on public transport, which unlike pubs and restaurants many people have no choice but to use. He actually has the power to mandate it on the Metrolink trams but won't be doing so, because, as he says, "with no government mandate on public transport mask wearing it would be unenforceable on the trams and merely a source of conflict".

If 'The UK Experiment' doesn't work, it will be very difficult to put the genie back into the bottle. How lucky do YOU feel?

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