Government lists 20 councils faced with worst Covid-19 epidemics in England, fearing Bradford, Sheffield and Kirklees


THE GOVERNMENT has compiled a list of 20 councils facing the worst epidemics of coronavirus in England.

Confidential documents leaked reveal areas at risk – including six councils labeled “of concern” and three authorities in need of “increased support”.

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Leicester tops the list because it has been placed in a local lockoutCredit: PA: Press Association

This comes as officials ordered the military to deploy more mobile test units across the country starting this weekend, reports The Observer.

Fears loom over a potential second wave hitting the UK in a continued loosening of lockdowns as Boris Johnson encourages people to return to work.

Downing Street insisted, however, that they would try to eradicate any localized epidemic – and said they were ready to reimpose measures.

Leicester is at the top of the list of areas most at risk for another coronavirus epidemic, just as authorities are intervening to reintroduce the lock.

The list of 20 tips is ranked according to the number of cases detected per 100,000 people on average, the percentage of positive tests and other viral parameters.

Public Health England has compiled the list by educating local health leaders about the risk of new outbreaks.

The bosses of the Council fear that this would lead to other blockages like the one that was deployed in Leicester.

The list of 20 tips is based on test data between June 21 and July 4.

Kirklees, Bradford and Sheffield have been marked as areas requiring “enhanced support”.

Blackburn along with Darwen, Rochdale, Oldham, Rotherham, Barnsley and Bedford have been identified as “areas of concern”.

This comes as the number of daily deaths in the UK has more than doubled from last week, when an additional 148 deaths were recorded on Saturday.

The document states that “these areas are currently under investigation by local public health protection teams”.

Government officials have yet to define the measures that will be used to impose further lockouts.

It would appear that a system based on a program deployed in Germany is envisaged, which would set a threshold of 50 positive weekly tests per 100,000 people.

If this figure is then passed to a communal area, then special measures would be considered to stop the spread of the virus.

Leicester has seen a decline with 116 new cases per 100,000, down from 140 two weeks ago since the localized lockout.

Ministers are reportedly planning to publish a regular list of the top 10 risky tips in the coming days – which could be used to help control the virus.

Boards are said to be lobbying for a “gradual response” to changing infection rates rather than strict closings.

The list of 20 tips uses five measures to rank – including cases per 100,000 people over one and two weeks, and the percentage of positive tests.

It also includes the number of “overruns” – this is where boards receive a red flag due to the number of positive cases.

We then give it a red, green amber light according to the figures.

Carlisle, Knowsley, Bolton, Sheffield and Blackburn with Darwen have all received red flags due to overtaking.

It also includes a number of epidemics in the community, where coronavirus infections are found in a single environment, such as a workplace.

Rochdale turned out to have had five community outbreaks, Bradford with four, Sheffield, Leciester and Kirkless with three, Bolton with two and Bedford, Barsnley and Blaby with one.

Army reportedly set up more coronavirus test sites to continue fighting pandemic4
Army reportedly set up more coronavirus test sites to continue fighting pandemicCredit: AFP or licensors

Life has returned to a semblance of normal before the pandemic in Britain as the pubs reopened and Mr. Johnson left work at home.

Rallies were banned, stores were closed, and people were ordered to stay at home when the UK was locked out on March 23.

The measures have been relaxed as the number of cases has dropped while the country has suffered the worst epidemic in Europe, killing almost 45,000 people.

Health experts have always warned the UK to be weary amid fears that a second wave could hit when the colder temperatures come in the fall.

It was also necessary to remind the British to obey the rules of social distancing or to face new restrictions.

It came after disturbing scenes of thousands of people crowded on the beaches during a wave of hot weather in June.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said it did not have a fixed trigger to introduce local locks for the boards.

In a statement, he said, “We have been transparent about our response to the coronavirus and are always looking to improve the data we publish, including how we update test statistics.

“The list of the 10 local authorities with the highest weekly incidence of coronavirus is already available to the public in the weekly PHE surveillance report.

“All boards in England are now able to access test data, down to the individual level and postcode.

“If the boards feel they need more help with the data, of course, PHE can help them.

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