"Act now to avoid local lockdown" warn council and health leaders

Tameside's council and health leaders have a united message - we're all in this together when it comes to Covid-19.

They came together on a Zoom call to give an update on the virus in the borough as rates skyrocketed across Greater Manchester over the last week.

Data shows that most of the transmissions are household to household, meaning the leader of Tameside Council, Councillor Brenda Warrington, urged people not to meet others in homes or gardens. She said: “It’s extremely concerning to us, it's going to take action and compliance from each and every one of us in Tameside.

“We need us all to curb this - to prevent another lockdown. We don’t want further restrictions and we don’t want to follow in the footsteps of Bolton.

“We know that most of the cases in Tameside are through household transmission. It’s vital people don’t mix with those outside their own household or their support bubbles indoors or in private gardens.”

She said that Bolton-style restrictions are a possibility for Tameside if immediate action isn’t taken to contain the spread of the virus.

Chief Inspector Lee Broadstock, of Greater Manchester Police, explained that they’re seeing 28 calls a day on average of people reporting breaches of COVID regulation.

He also said that one of the main areas of concern was licensed premises, households mixing at home and people not wearing face coverings on transport systems.

From Monday, new laws come into force nationwide that will make it illegal to gather in groups of more than six people in public or private.

The Medical Director of Tameside and Glossop NHS Foundation Trust, Brendan Ryan, reiterated that keeping the transmission rate down was a joint effort by everyone in Tameside.

However, he said it was important that those people who are having medical emergencies aren’t scared to attend hospital, saying that they’ve put in place robust procedures to ensure that hospitals are as safe as they can be.

Tameside’s Director of Public Health, Dr Jeanelle De Gruchy, said that the most effective way to stop the virus is to minimise the amount of people you are in contact with. She said: “We need to reduce the social contact between people because that is how the virus spreads.

“We need to all be in this together and get back to the basics of hand washing, face covering, keeping our space and being alert of the spread from household to household.”

She also confirmed that much of the rise in cases was in working age population, with around two thirds of cases coming in working age population, while a third were between ages 18-40.

Council leader Brenda Warrington confirmed that Tameside would take any funding for the proposed COVID marshals that was offered to them.

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