Covid-19 cases at their highest in Cheshire East since pandemic began

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Covid-19 cases are at their highest level in Cheshire East since the global pandemic was declared in March 2020.

Latest figures released on the official UK government website show the rate of positive cases in Cheshire East Is 540 per 100,000 population. This is significantly higher than the rates per 100,000 population in the North West and in England of 408 and 357 respectively.

For the 7–day period ending on 7 October 2021, the MSOA's (Middle Layer Super Output Areas) in Cheshire East with the highest positive case rates per 100,000 population are:

  • Sandbach Ettiley Heath & Wheelock - 1,175
  • Alsager West - 1,161
  • Alsager East – 1,013
  • Sandbach North – 1,008
  • Congleton West Heath - 868

Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "This latest surge means we have a record high number of positive Covid-19 cases right across the borough.

"Even though Covid-19 hospitalisations remain low, if we don't prevent the cases from rising with winter approaching, there could be major disruption to children's education and in adult social care settings."

These latest figures from Public Health England for our local areas show the number of cases during the 7 day period and the infection rate per 100,000 people.

  • Alderley Edge and Chelford – 43 511.7 (53.6%)
  • Handforth and Dean Row – 40 368 (8.1%)
  • Mobberley, Plumley and High Legh – 87 725.8 (50%)
  • Wilmslow Town – 45 631.4 (2.3%)
  • Lacey Green and Wilmslow Park - 34 508.6 (41.7%)
  • Fulshaw Park and Lindow - 36 495.9 (-48.6%)
  • Prestbury and Adlington - 25 489.4 (19%)

% = change from previous 7 day period.

During this seven day period, Cheshire East had 2087 cases, which represents an 5.3% increase on the previous 7 days. 

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "We know only too well just how much our residents and businesses have done and already given up.

"I appreciate asking you to do more now is a difficult message, but that is exactly what we must all do. Each one of us needs to keep going with all those things we have been doing to stay safe – get vaccinated, keep testing at least twice a week and if you have symptoms, self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test."

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: "Despite the best efforts of everyone, Covid-19 cases are now rising across the borough, our neighbouring local authority areas and the north west.

"The advice now is that we ALL need to take precautions to help stop the spread. We MUST go back to following the basics of what we all know – hands, space, face and fresh air.

"Getting vaccinated whether that is your first, second, booster or flu jab is safe and the most effective way at keeping you from getting seriously ill, preventing hospitalisation and even death.

"Maintaining a regular lateral flow testing regime at least twice a week is really important and can help to identify early transmission. We know more than a third of people who test positive do not have any symptoms, and therefore can pass on this virus unknowingly.

"We will continue doing everything we can, working closely with schools and our partner agencies to reduce case numbers. But ultimately it is down to the behaviour of our residents to do the right thing, for themselves, for their family and friends and for our society which is so desperate to get back to doing what they previously enjoyed."

To book or manage your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination, go to the NHS website.

For full information on where to get tested or pick up home testing kits visit the council's testing web page or to order lateral flow test kits to be delivered to your home visit the GOV.UK website.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Andy Brown
Wednesday 13th October 2021 at 8:34 am
Just what we need are Cheshire East apparatchiks threatening us with "doing the right thing" all the while not suffering any disruption to their income.

To all the grey pound in Alderley Edge who want to sit in their mansions with no mortgage for the rest of their lives who do you think is keeping the supermarkets full and delivering your endless Amazon orders?

People need to get on with their lives and earn a living.
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 14th October 2021 at 12:16 am
Well said. Boris and his cohorts said we would have to learn to live with it. Covid is now endemic we test more than ANY OTHER COUNTRY so we are bound to have more cases. Why ask symptomnless , healthy folk to test twice a week? These people in our council are being ridiculous. The only figures which count are ITU cases for pure Covid. Most folk are jabbed....Our Councillors are clearly itching for more restrictions (as they get Govt. Cash if we lockdown).
Another lockdown would be very difficult to enforce with the public now. If they stopped the crazy testing we would be on a par with other European countries who are returning to normality snd have lower case numbers because they do not do nearly as much testing. Furthermore Corcoran knows full well that a huge batch of lateral flow tests were turning out false positives as he clearly reads the news as he is a Corbynista I am sure he supports the Marxist loons behind the Zero Covid Alliance.The obssessive testing is to justify the wasted billions spent on Track and Trace. We are sick of being ground down by bad news and perhaps our elected Councillors shoud REFLECT on this.
David Hadfield
Sunday 17th October 2021 at 8:05 am
Tony Haluradivth's comments (above) sums up the general views of most sensible-thinking people ..... It's only the twerps who think otherwise (IMHO)
Stephen Justice
Sunday 17th October 2021 at 11:10 am
Contrary to assertions in these comments, I suggest that a majority of people are concerned to address the 45,000 new cases every day and the 20% of ICU beds and 10% of hospital beds occupied by Covid patients…

I also object to permitting insulting references, but if this is considered acceptable then may I counter by saying that the twerps I see are the belligerent and ignorant minority who stubbornly and arrogantly refuse to accept the reality of the situation.
Vince Chadwick
Sunday 17th October 2021 at 3:12 pm
Stephen Justice is quite correct. There is a persistent minority on here who regularly post utter covid twaddle.

On 7th October 2020 there were 18306 positive tests. On the same day this year there were 37529.

On 7th October 2020 694 people were admitted to hospital. On 5th Oct this year there were 816 people admitted.

On 7th October 2020 there were 3893 people in hospital. On the same day this year there were 6770.

In the week leading up to 7th October 2020, 507 people died with COVID. In the same week this year 639 died.

Every single number is higher than this time last year.

The figures may well contain inaccuracies, but if they are the same inaccuracies as twelve months ago the comparisons are valid. In any case the precise detail of the numbers is not the point and the context of numbers is certainly tricky with testing coverage changes and so forth. However hospital admissions, deaths and hospital residence are pretty solid and the context does not vary much.

It follows that we are not out of woods by a long chalk..... Not least because health service capacity appears to be getting worse not better

So how is it not something that we, as a nation, should continue to be deeply concerned about?
Stuart Redgard
Sunday 17th October 2021 at 6:08 pm
I agree with Stephen Justice and object to permitting insulting references,

Why do I believe that this is an INSULT to myself and others who do not share his opinion, and why it cannot be allowed to continue without some form of recourse?

Definition of Twerp = a silly, insignificant, or contemptible person
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Definition of Contempible = worthy of contempt
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Definition of Contempt = the act of despising: the state of mind of one who despises
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Definition of Despises = to look down on with disrespect or aversion
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Definition of disrespect = to show or express disrespect or contempt for: INSULT
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Fiona Doorbar
Sunday 17th October 2021 at 11:04 pm
In October 20 no one was attending festivals, cinemas, theatres, concerts, mass crowd sporting fixtures etc though.
David Carey
Tuesday 19th October 2021 at 6:53 pm
I think the figures speak for themselves.

Public Health England figures as of 4pm today
Daily deaths: 223
Daily cases: 43,738
Total cases: 8,541,192
Total deaths: 162,620
223 deaths today is the highest daily figure since March 9th this year.
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 2:24 am
So what would some of the above commenters propose? Perhaps some would like to go back into full lockdown as perhaps they have no faith in vaccines. Covid is not going to disappear or be eradicated Scientists have been clear about that. Zero Covid is a unicorn and even Jacinda Aherne has admitted as much. So shall we carry on testing forever and return to pepetual lockdown?

When those who govern us see fit to break their own rules they show contempt for ALL of us who stoically obeyed the last gruelling lockdowns. "Don't dare hug your vaccinated Granny" they cried in February (as our Health Secretary hugged his girlfriend live on camera) . The public are weary and another Lockdown will store up it's own problems. Are we really going to go back to the ridiculous sight of Uniformed officers threatening to fine women holding coffee cups in a park.

Emergency powers have been extended today till March so perhaps sadly they might well be another Lockdown. If so I feel tremendously sorry for young people, and those whose livelihoods are on the brink. There is no more furlough so many in the private sector will be on their own. They could rush in a set of knee jerk reforms outlawing protests. The real worry is if the powers are extended beyond March, and I will be watching that closely and I hope our MP will also.
Our NHS is struggling ,the rise in NICS has already been spent a many times over. We are now nearly 20 months into this pandemic with billions of pounds wasted on useless track and trace. Perhaps the billions and time in between the peaks of infection could have been better spent on building more resilience and capacity in the NHS to help cope with this winter and every winter when it teeters on the brink of collapse with Flu cases.
I am old on a pension and can get food delivered so do not suffer as a result of lockdowns ( apart from not spending last Hannukah with extended family). But I can grasp that for many younger folk lockdowns cause real financial hardships and many would have no safety net.
Thus situation is by no means unique to the UK. Ireland has had a very high vaccination rate but cases are rising too there everyday . They have endured one of the longest and strictest lockdowns in Europe. Their "Freedom Day" was to be this Friday. The Tánaiste has watered down the removal of restrictions . Ireland has strict masking and social distancing in place as well as Covid passports they too are scratching their heads peplexed at the rise in cases and in hospital admissions. All food for thought.
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 3:01 am
Is anyone going to address Fiona's perfectly sensible point? I believe we were still masked and socially distancing with "the rule of 6" and tiers in full sway also this time last year. Thus if you wish to compare like for like it is reasonable to assume that without restrictions those figures for last year would have been significatly higher. Of course we can be concerned about the truly sick and their numbers , we can be sensible but we cannot prostrate ourselves before the altars of fear and terror. The news at the moment is a constant barrage of depressing tales. It is relentless and no wonder the mental health if the country is taking a battering.

Our TV news and newspapers should go out and look for something positive and upbeat for a change to boost our flagging morale.
On that note it was both interesting and heartening to see pictures of our elderly Queen yesterday chatting happily with a room full of foreign dignitaries, politicians and multi billionaires (who had jetted in from the US) . No masks , no social distancing. All power to Her Majesty she was smiling broadly, looked radiant and was not quaking with fear. I will take my lead from her I think.....
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 10:25 am
HRH is in her 90s and has almost certainly had her booster jab. I (in my early 70s) am still waiting for news of mine as (I presume) are most folk, as the protection from the first two jabs is now known to decline far more quickly than was originally hoped.
Mike Davies
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 4:09 pm
Why do the press terrify everyone with this sort of reporting? It is totally irresponsible. “Covid-19 cases” means those people who had had a test and reported a positive result.
Many children are now testing positive but most are fine (thankfully)
The statistic we need is not the number of positive tests, but the number of people admitted to hospital with a positive test, I.e. real cases and not a scare statistic.
Thankfully, as reported the number of admissions is still low.
Long may it stay low but probably will rise as we get into winter. Just like the number of flu admissions used to rise in winter.
Luckily we don’t have flu cases anymore! (They are included in covid cases)
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 5:49 pm
Mike Davies, did you not see my post earlier in this thread showing vastly increased covid hospitalisations and deaths right now compared to one year ago? On top of this NHS capacity is getting worse, not better. As well as increased hospital occupancy I'm told by people who work in the NHS that significant numbers of nurses and even doctors are feeling burned out by covid events to date and cannot take much more, and are looking to early retirement as a result.

On top of this the NHS has been starved of investment for at least the last ten years so even before covid it had little if any capacity to deal with exceptional rises in illness. And of course since brexit NHS staff who worked here under EU freedom of movement laws can no longer do so.

The government (whose handling of this pandemic has been abysmal all along) seem to be taking the attitude "if we say it's all over often enough and loud enough, then it will be". It is very far from all over. Ever higher levels of covid hospitalisation and deaths give the lie to that lazy notion. And it's only October; we have yet to see what winter will bring and it's not looking good.

I have difficulty reconciling your first two sentences with all of the above.
Mark Eden
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 7:53 pm
Ok. Let's cut to the chase. This is Brexit V Remain all over again. The panicky virtue signaling masker social distancing people tend to be liberal left living in nice houses (oblivious of their own contradictions of high tax and spend leading to us being poorer .....but that is a another debate) and think climate change is man made ( yet go on long haul holidays) and the people who have to go to work and make a living and are just surviving strangely enough don't want masks or lockdowns and cannot work from home.

This all about a political agenda now. The maskers want control and lockdowns and tut tut those who dare to want to go back to normality. In the beginning we did not know what this was and I accept the intial lockdown and caution. Now we know what we are dealing with......for goodness sakes stop being so soft and pathetic.

In 1968 we had a far worse flu.....the Hong Kong Flu.......and we carried on. No lockdowns and no wokey rubbish.

Can I suggest you stop your liberal panicky rubbish and look at the facts. 1600 people die per day and roughly on average 150-200 die per day with covid.........we don't know if it is OF covid.

The dialogue of the panicky people on this board shows just how soft and pathetic our society has become. Grow up!

PS. Vince. How do you figure out that myself and David are a minority? Would be interested to know? Facts not emotions please

Ok. It's 1940 and the "Maskers and Lockdowners" have told the RAF to stand down and not fight the Lufwaffe just in case they get shot down or die. Amen.

Life goes on. Live it. The average age of death with Covid is 83. That is 1 year higher than the average age of death.

What has happened to this country? I don't deny that Covid is a nasty disease and I have had both jabs........but the economy must carry on. There is no magic money tree and if we carry on like this we will borrow our way into financial oblivion.

Ok rant over.

Wishing you all the best whatever your views!
Mark Eden
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 8:20 pm
PS Vince. The NHS - Underfunded!!! What rubbish. They wasted £500m on prescribing drugs that weren't needed last year. 51% of staff are non medical. They get £120bn per annum. Who pays for this? Er.....the private sector, the productive sector,.....the sector that takes risks and sets up businesses and works all hours to pay the highest tax take since WW2. Who is standing outside their gates clapping for them!

You lot moaning about the poor NHS drive me nuts. The front line staff do a brilliant job. They saved my brothers life........but stop treating it as a religion and be objective.
Samantha Lyons
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 9:58 pm
Unfortunately Corona virus and all the varients are not going to go away, Covid is here to stay! This is mother nature trying to control the ever growing over population of the world. The majority of people that die of covid already have a weak immune system and have other underlying health problems.
We have to learn to live with the Corona virus as we live with the Flu and lots of other virus's around the world. Keeping active and eating healthy foods not only boosts the immune system it's very good for a healthy and positive mind. So instead of being overwhelmed with all these pandemic statistics and figures, concentrate on being the healthiest, fittest version of you.
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 10:49 pm
"The majority of people that die of covid already have a weak immune system and have other underlying health problems."

So that's alright then. Never mind that they might have had another 5 to 10 years enjoying life and loved ones were it not for covid.
Mark Eden
Thursday 21st October 2021 at 9:10 am
With all due respect Vince we have had good lives and it is not fair to restrict the younger generations with lockdowns and endless restrictions. If you are vulnerable then self isolate and take sensible precautions. Masks are surgically useless but if people want to wear them to feel safer then fine. I will not criticise them. We now know what we are dealing with. Covid is endemic now. As I said before there was no lockdown in 1968/69 when we had the Hong Kong flu and there is no reason for any further restrictions.......just use common sense.

I mentioned before that this disease has become heavily politicised. If you watch PMQs you'll see that the Labour lot are masked up and the Tory lot are largely not. At both conferences masks were not worn and since the Covid "crisis" happened social distancing and masks in 10 DOwning Street were not observed. It's all for show and virtue signalling.
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 21st October 2021 at 10:49 am
Mark Eden, thank you for your earlier self-confessed rant and your strange assertion that the NHS is not underfunded.

Unlike your rant, my posts here are entirely factual. At no time have I called for lock downs despite your assertion above that that’s what I desire, though I do think the relaxation of mask wearing in crowded public places (public transport, for instance) in England is ill advised. Contrary to your view that they are (surgically???) ineffective they do considerably reduce the chance of transmitting the virus from the infected, and they do this by containing the aerosols and water droplets in which the virus makes its airborne journey from host to host (it can’t fly and doesn’t have legs so this is its main means of transmission). Of course they can only do this if they cover both mouth AND nose, something some folk seem not to have hauled on board. And I once saw someone remove their mask in order to sneeze!

Your definition of 'cut to the chase' is to label me a left wing remainer Liberal. To use your own phrase but this time deservedly, facts, not emotions, please. Here are three facts I have already stated at least once:

1) More covid hospitalisations by a large margin than this time last year.

2) Considerably more covid deaths than this time last year.

3) Less NHS spare capacity than this time last year, and decreasing.

I don't need to rant, I don’t demand more lock downs, I just tell it as it is because some who post here are adept at telling it as it isn’t.
Mark Eden
Thursday 21st October 2021 at 12:24 pm
Hi Vince. Well apologies for calling your political inclinations. I was talking in general. Anyway keep safe
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 21st October 2021 at 12:45 pm
Apology accepted Mark. Thank you.