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'Major concern' as Covid cases in Oldham hit all-time high

Coronavirus cases in Oldham have reached record levels, with health bosses describing the figures as "a major concern". 

The infection rate in the borough is now 788 per 100,000 people, exceeding the previous high point of 754 per 100,000 from early November 2020. 

Oldham also has the second highest rate in Greater Manchester and is in the top 20 nationally. 

Meanwhile, the number of deaths has also risen in recent weeks and cases are rising in all age cohorts and in all communities in the borough. 

Bosses are increasingly concerned that the infection rate will keep rising after the majority of legal Covid restrictions were relaxed this week. 

Oldham Council Leader Councillor Arooj Shah and Director of Public Health Katrina Stephens are urging residents to do all they can to keep their friends, family and community safe.

"I know how hard it’s been for Oldham residents over the course of the coronavirus pandemic," said Cllr Shah.

"Everyone has made sacrifices to try and keep the infection rate down, and over the last 18 months or so we have seen tougher restrictions here than in many other parts of the country.

“But although most legal restrictions have now ended, with Coronavirus rates high and rising, now is not the time to stop protecting ourselves and each other. We know what we have to do - wear face coverings in public places, socially distance, keep getting tested and get a vaccine when you’re able to.

“It’s so important to get vaccinated and it’s easier than ever to do so. There are walk-in vaccination clinics open every day right across the borough, including a special walk-in clinic this Saturday in Parliament Square. We are Oldham and together we are stronger. It’s up to all of us to do out bit.”

Katrina Stephens added: “We’re not looking at small outbreaks or certain areas that only need to pay attention to the rising rates; we are seeing increases in Coronavirus rates across all age groups across the borough.

“We’re also starting to see coronavirus related deaths rising in Oldham again which is a major concern along with the rising case numbers.

“We must ensure that as we enjoy more freedom we all continue to take action to protect ourselves and each other from spreading the virus. Remember to follow the hands, face, space guidance, take regular COVID tests, isolate if you need to do so and where possible meet others outdoors.”

Vaccination clinics are open across Oldham every day for residents to get their vaccine if they haven't already done so. 

Both walk-in and appointment clinics can be attended by all those aged 18 and over to get a jab.

People can also book an appointment online through the national online booking system, where you may be offered an appointment at the Royal Oldham Hospital, at an Oldham community pharmacy site, or at the Etihad campus in Manchester.

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