“In fact, we would just prefer them to take precautions first,” they said of social distancing and other public health measures.
The region’s health official, Sir Richard Leese, said the spread among young people was a major concern for public health services at the moment, warning: “They are not immune. “
As hospital admissions continue to decline in Greater Manchester, infection rates in each of the metropolitan areas have increased to a greater or lesser extent in the week leading up to last Sunday – with the exception of Rochdale, where they had been consistently high but started to drop. the wake of targeted local measures.
In addition to an increased spread among young people, the number of cases has also been linked to the spread within multigenerational households, particularly in Manchester and Oldham.
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Oldham entered a form of ‘pre-foreclosure’ yesterday as numbers rose sharply over the weekend, which saw the rounding marked as ‘red’ on the government’s warning system for rates. infection.
Manchester and Trafford have seen a significant increase in their infection rate over the past week, while in Stockport officials are also concerned about an increase in positive tests among 18-25 year olds, although the rounding rate as a whole remains relatively low.
Manchester has seen three outbreaks in recent days in specific settings, with 33 cases recorded in a factory, care home and ‘hotel’ location, but the head of the council, Sir Richard Leese – who also heads health for the Greater Manchester – said the greatest concern. was the spread of the community, which is more difficult to control.
“If you look at the numbers, the good news is that Rochdale has gone down quite significantly, so it looks like the steps they’ve taken have worked,” he said of the increase in posts and targeted testing stepped up by the board there. fifteen days after that the cases increased.
“Basically, if you put aside workplaces – where outbreaks are fairly easy to contain – there are two categories of concerns: large households in relatively confined spaces and young people.
“The rise of Trafford is mainly about young people and I think there is a real problem here for us, where you can see young people basically thinking that they are immune – and that if they catch it, it doesn’t. will not be too serious.
Trafford’s infection rate fell from 8.8 cases per 100,000 in the week to July 18, according to figures released by Andy Burnham last Wednesday, to 36.8 in the week to Sunday, overtaking Rochdale.
About half of the cases during this period involved people between the ages of 15 and 25.
It is understood that most of the new cases have occurred in the wealthier neighborhoods around Hale and Altrincham, south of the borough.
In Stockport, rates remain fairly low but saw an increase over the weekend, with Borough Director General Pam Smith warning yesterday of an increase in cases among young adults.
It is said that this model is not limited to any part of the borough and the council is now urging young people to observe “Covid risk-free socialization”, supported by a new campaign on social media.
Also in Oldham, public health officials have seen an increase in cases among those aged 20 to 40.
Sir Richard warned young people were wrong if they thought Covid was not a threat to them.
“They are not immune,” he said.
“They may be less symptomatic, but even in young people there is a risk for some of them to cause long-term lung and heart damage.
“But the biggest risk is entering a period where the shielding is ending, the ability to transmit to people more vulnerable than themselves. This is the big concern at the moment.
“You might be fine, but what about your grandmother?”
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In Manchester and Oldham in particular, there are also concerns about transmission within large multigenerational households, including among ethnic groups already known to be at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with the virus.
Oldham has tested targeted asymptomatic testing for workers in certain industries over the past fifteen weeks, but it is understood that the turnout has been relatively low, so the board is now considering going door-to-door in the parts of the borough where the rates are higher.
The government’s Joint Biosafety Center monitors a number of Covid statistics to determine the type of intervention needed in each area.
It has red, orange and green ratings for the boroughs on a range of measures, including weekly infection rates per 100,000 residents and positivity rates – the proportion of Covid tests that come back positive.
Oldham is currently rated “red” for its infection rate, which, at around 54 cases per 100,000, exceeds the JBC’s red threshold of 50.
Giving an update to the Manchester executive this afternoon, the city’s public health director David Regan said the positivity rate in Oldham is currently 5.5%, Manchester’s is 3.1% and Trafford’s 3.5%, all of which are in the “amber” category.
“However, we are obviously concerned, like other parts of GM, that the trend is increasing both in terms of the number of cases, the weekly incidence and the positivity rate,” he said.
“Therefore, we are working in conjunction with all of GM’s public health directors, sharing our information on what actions Oldham – and now Trafford – will take.
Oldham said on Tuesday that its measures were being stepped up to limit socialization, asking residents not to have social visitors to their homes and asking anyone doing protection to do so until at least July 31. A strict social distance of two meters is also advised.
Trafford also introduced a new mobile test unit at the UA92 Academy in Old Trafford.