Covid cases in Cheshire East have more than trebled this month

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Cheshire East Council is warning that Covid-19 infection rates of the highly transmissible Delta variant continue to increase at an alarming rate in the borough

In the latest week, from July 10th to July 16th, here were 474 cases per 100,000 with cases having more than trebled since the beginning of the month.

Positive cases among those aged 18 to 30 and who remain un-vaccinated are particularly high, especially in Macclesfield and Crewe areas.

Leader of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Sam Corcoran, said: "The huge increase in Covid-19 cases is extremely worrying and this will undoubtedly lead to more disruption, more hospitalisations and sadly more deaths.

"We have heard the government announce the ending of most restrictions, but I am strongly urging our residents to continue to be cautious as we might not hit the peak of infections for several more weeks and it is therefore vital for all of us to get vaccinated and to wear a mask to protect others in crowded or close proximity settings."

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "I have said it before, but this pandemic is far from over. We have a duty to ensure our residents are aware of the impact it is continuing to have, predominantly among those who are still not fully vaccinated.

"I would encourage anyone who has not yet done so, to make an appointment for their vaccination as soon as possible."

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: "This is a very serious situation and it's going to get far worse before it gets any better.

"Working alongside the other Directors of Public Health across Cheshire and Merseyside, working together as the Champs Public Health Collaborative, collectively we have issued a joint statement asking those living and working in the area to go above and beyond the minimum required, in the light of rising Covid-19 infections locally and changes to the national restrictions.

"People are being asked to take their individual and collective role to reduce the transmission of the virus incredibly seriously, and not see the 19th July as a reason to stop all behaviours that have slowed down the spread of the virus over the past sixteen months, especially when in close contact with others.

"This is very important, as infection rates are high in the area and historically, the North West of England has been more impacted by the virus than other areas, due to structural inequalities. This means recovery from the pandemic will take longer unless residents continue to take steps to minimise harm right now.

"This advice will also support local businesses and the wider economy, as increased transmission of the virus will result in major disruptions if staff are unable to work due to being unwell with COVID-19 and legally required to self-isolate."

For the latest information and advice on the move to Step 4, testing, vaccinations and self-isolation support, go to the council's webpage at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19

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Andy Brown
Wednesday 21st July 2021 at 5:47 pm
Is there anyone left that hasn't had COVID?

The PCR tests are about as reliable as the fixing of pot holes in this area.

I'm cracking on with life.
David Hadfield
Wednesday 21st July 2021 at 7:41 pm
Well said Andy Brown.
Scaremongering after scaremongering is all this government and these council officials can do.
About 1,850 people die on the roads every year in this country, so lets gets some proportion into these Covid statistics.
How many "double-vaccinated" people are dying in this country nowadays ?

One of the many things I cannot understand is the situation with this government whereby they say all clubbers / youngsters will have to show their "double-vaccination" certificates when entering nightclubs FROM MID SEPTEMBER ?
(If it's that dangerous, why not make this rule IMMEDIATE) ?

The fact Boris and his sidekick tried to wriggle out of isolating a few days ago is nothing short of shoddy and pathetic "leadership"
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 22nd July 2021 at 9:58 am
There's been a somewhat lack of clear thinking or strategy in the appalling handling of the pandemic by this government, not least in dithering and delaying with required measures to curb virus spread such as David Hadfield refers to above. The highly contagious Delta version of the virus which is currently spreading exponentially and has already overwhelmed some ICU facilities took full advantage of Johnson's 2-week delay in putting India on the red list (Bangladesh and Pakistan went on the list as soon as we were aware of the danger, but India didn't because Johnson was desperate for a brexit-hole-filling trade deal with India).

Vaccinations have greatly reduced the chance of serious illness or death, but have not eliminated it, and there is a lot we don't yet know about Long Covid. The growing ICU bed crisis is mostly caused by infected young and non-vaccinated (and of course an inadequate number of beds and ICU staff to start with. It doesn't take much to overwhelm a system that is running close to capacity in normal times).

Would those who poo-poo the spread of the virus change their tune if they or a loved one fell ill, to discover they could not get an ICU bed because rapidly-spreading Delta Covid had filled them all with relatively long term patients?

Scaremongering? Really?
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 22nd July 2021 at 12:09 pm
As someone with a family member who has been waiting for treatment for a non Covid issue for over 12 months (and still no appointment confirmed) I want to know the tragic mortality rates of non Covid diseases and illness.
Can anyone advise where I might find this information please?
Why have the Nightingale units been removed from the system? Could these not have been purely Covid treatment centres therefore freeing up beds in established local hospitals?
The handling of the pandemic has been shambolic with so many lives lost because of lack of treatment for other illnesses
Well done to the 65% of the young population that have had their 1st jabs
Let’s get more sleeves rolled up and try and get those NHS waiting lists reduced and save more / improve lives
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 22nd July 2021 at 1:20 pm
There are no spare ICU staff to run the nightingale centres. There never were. An ICU bed shortage doesn't mean literally a shortage of beds, it means a shortage of the highly trained and skilled staff needed to run an ICU ward.

Take those staff out of the established ICUs to man the Nightingales.... and the established ICUs suffer. The particular difficulty with Covid is if a patient is ill enough with the virus to require IC, they are likely to be in ICU for a couple weeks or maybe more. Most ICU patients are in and out in a couple of days; Covid is an ICU capacity-gobbler.
Stuart Redgard
Friday 23rd July 2021 at 5:45 am
Andy Brown / David Hadfield

According to government statistics, the population of the UK is approximately 66.65 million, and approx 5.6 million people have tested positive for Covid. So, more than 90% of the population has NOT had covid.

There have also been over 128,900 deaths where covid is stated as a contributory factor on the death certificate.

In the first 12 months of the pandemic, approximately 124,700 deaths were recorded and in the last 12 months, it is approx 87,700.

That is significantly more than the figure of 1,850 per year stated for road traffic incidents.

Covid will be with us for some considerable time to come, so let's try and find a new "normal". However, I do not agree with your opinion that the government and councils are "scaremongering".
Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 24th July 2021 at 8:47 am
No Stuart Redgard many of us DONT want a new normal we would like the old normal back thanks. On a personal note my dear brother in law is in hospital near Aldershot and admitted last Wednesday. He is dying (renal cancer missed diagnosis last year BECAUSE Covid). He went into hospital with no cough , headache, or covid symptoms but has tested positive and is now included in the hospital and ONS Covid admission figures. Covid is not his issue he is dying from a vile cancer. If he dies in the next 20 days we have no doubt that Covid will recorded as the cause of death. And yes there has been relentless scaremongering by the Government, the useless opposition and the media (not this site however). You and Vince inhabit a bubble and no doubt when this pandemic dies down you and your ilk will be sorely disappointed .
Andy Brown
Saturday 24th July 2021 at 2:22 pm
Very well said Tony.

Everyone over 18 has been offered the vaccine now. There are far more worrying diseases like cancer which need addressing now.
Vince Chadwick
Sunday 25th July 2021 at 11:58 am
I think the 'bubble' Tony refers to must be one of knowledge and logic, although quite why anyone would be 'sorely disappointed when the pandemic dies down' (which won't be for a long time yet) eludes me. Perhaps Tony could explain.

Meanwhile, in the other bubble, the pandemic of ignorance and stupidity rages on.....
Stuart Redgard
Sunday 25th July 2021 at 11:14 pm
Tony Haluradivth. I accept and acknowledge that many people DON'T want a new normal and that they want the old normal back. But as a child, I was taught that "I want doesn’t get". I was encouraged to say, "Please may I have".

Please don't misinterpret what I'm saying. I am not saying that those who want the “old normal” back are "childish". I am NOT. I am saying something completely different.

In the early 90's I was introduced to something called Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicators. (MBTI). This classification system identifies 16 different preferred personality types.

My MBTI is ISTJ.

Where
I = A preference towards Introversion rather than Extraversion
S = A preference towards Sensing rather than Intuition
T = A preference towards Thinking rather than Feeling
J = A preference towards Judgement rather than Perception

I suspect that we could well have directly "opposing" MBTI

i.e. I am an ISTJ, where as you might be an EIFP.

Now what does that mean?

When given the exact same information, we could come up with directly opposing positions on said information. i.e. you might see “white”, whilst I might see black”. Neither of us is wrong or right. We just interpret information differently.

That's something that I am quite happy to accept. I am not saying you are wrong. I just don't see things the way you might.

I have lost my mother, also her mother (my grandmother), and her son (my mums brother and my uncle) to cancer. My sister has had breast cancer twice. It's a horrible disease in all forms. But according to the office of National Statistics, it is not the leading cause of deaths in England & Wales.

Yes we do need to get back to "normal" for all sorts of reasons. I call this a "new" normal. You might call it something else..

Please continue to share your opinions on this wonderful online resource. I will as well, and I suspect that we will often clash.

Inclosing I have just one final thing to say. That is when it comes to magnetism: OPPOSITES ATTRACT!
Duncan Herald
Monday 26th July 2021 at 8:16 am
According to yesterday's S.T., the number of daily new cases of the virus, over the last week, is down by over 40% instead of the prognosticated expert figure of a rise to 100,000 or more.
Funny old world eh?
Vince Chadwick
Monday 26th July 2021 at 11:36 am
Duncan, those predicted infection rates were based on the easing of restrictions after 19th July. The incubation period for Covid is anything up to 14 days, so we have yet to see the effect of 'Freedom' day on the number of infections.
Alan Brough
Monday 26th July 2021 at 9:44 pm
I think that there’s a danger that we become obsessed with numbers and forget that Covid remains a real and present threat.

A good friend tested positive just over a week ago. He’s a 45 year old guy who’s fit and healthy, he’s double dosed, contracted it from his young son who tested positive at school. Two days after his test he had high fever and passed out, injuring himself as he collapsed. He was taken to hospital where they ran blood and cardio tests and in the absence of anything else concluded it was the effects of Covid. He has had a very difficult seven days.

I’m as keen as anyone to “get back to normal” but my gut feeling is that we need to remain cautious and considerate in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
David Hadfield
Tuesday 27th July 2021 at 7:15 am
Coming back to previous comments Stuart Redgard, do you now think the government and MSM are scaremongering ?
The Left-Wing BBC wheel out the already-disgraced Professor Neil Ferguson with his scaremongering nonsense suggesting daily covid cases would reach 100,000 a day as a result of the government's roadmap out of lockdown. Ferguson even suggested these 100,000 figures could even double, or become even higher ?
Ferguson stated this publicly just one week ago ..... is this scaremongering ?
The Left-Wing BBC keep bringing this crackpot out to air his views almost on a daily basis ..... ask yourself why ?

Secondly, it's been proven that vast numbers are being classed as "hospitalised by covid" when they were admitted with other ailments, with the virus being picked up by routine testing once in hospital.
The majority of covid cases were not detected until patients underwent standard covid tests, carried out on all patients admitted to hospital for any reason.
Is this scaremongering ?
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 27th July 2021 at 8:53 pm
David Hadfield.

No.

And what do you mean by a standard covid test? I've not heard this term used before. The Covid tests I have heard about are lateral flow and PCR.
David Hadfield
Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 8:08 am
Stuart Redgard ..... is that the best you can do in response to my comments ?
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 9:20 am
Hi Vince,
but do you believe that after the 'Freedom Day' 19th July, effect kicks in, will there be 100,000 cases or indeed 200,000 cases per day?
I have my hat ready to eat !
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 10:45 am
Duncan - I have absolutely no idea, but I sincerely hope there won't be. We will have to wait until Friday onwards to find out.

I see no need for hat-eating either way, as only someone with a fully-functioning crystal ball can look into the future with any certainty. The best we can do is follow the science and ignore the conspirational cretins.

It's worth remembering, however, that it's a global Pandemic, and the clue is in the word 'global'. What happens elsewhere won't stay elsewhere.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 10:23 pm
David Hadfield

You didn't make a comment. You asked a closed question, so I gave a specific answer.

A closed question is one that allows the questioner to choose the responses that can be made by participants beforehand. This means you are prompting participants to be specific.

And I see that you have chosen to ignore my question and not answer it all. Is that the best you can do? You can always choose to ignore this question as well.

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