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Coronavirus Cases in West Cheshire Down, But Council Says it Needs Better Data From Government

Published: 7th July 2020 08:29

Cheshire West and Chester Council says that just 29 cases of Covid-19 infections were reported in the last seven days, but that they need more timely data from the Government in order to ensure any future local outbreaks can be quickly identified  and contained.


The figure is the lowest since the outbreak began. At its height in late April and early May, over 200 cases a week were being reported.

Last week CWAC launched its Coronavirus Outbreak Prevention, Management and Support Plan, which aims to prevent the spread of the virus and outlines how it will protect the community, in partnership with regional organisations such as Public Health England North West, if local outbreaks occur in the borough.

Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council Cllr Louise Gittins said: ‘The reduction in cases has been achieved by us all playing our part and following the national guidance.

"By washing our hands, keeping a safe physical distance from others, and avoiding large crowds we can all help to reduce the number further. If you do show symptoms of a new continuous cough, fever or have a loss of taste and smell please get tested and follow the guidance to self-isolate.

"I want to say a big thank all of the residents of west Cheshire for playing your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 so far.

"We all want to continue to enjoy the benefits of the easing of lockdown, seeing our loved ones and getting our economy back on track, so it is vital we remain cautious and do not get complacent as we all go about our daily lives."

The Government currently provides the Council with some local data on Test and Trace, it is this vital information that gives the locations of confirmed cases, but currently that is only provided once a week. The information also does not contain all the detail the Council needs, such as reporting the workplaces of people who have tested positive. This accurate data is needed on a daily basis to ensure an adequate Test and Trace service is in place to help protect lives and livelihoods.

In the absence of this timely national data the Council is actively working with Public Health England, local NHS partners, care homes, schools and businesses to identify and prevent any potential local outbreaks.

The key message is to protect yourself and your family and friends by getting a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms of a persistent cough, fever or loss of taste and smell - call 19 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Protect your community by then self-isolating for 14 days if you have symptoms or if alerted to do so by a contact tracer.

For more information please visit the Council's website: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/coronavirus

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At 09:22 on 7th July 2020, KarenMT commented:
Has anyone died in Neston? I was born there but now live in Adelaide South Australia. Our state has a population of 1.5 million but have only had 4 deaths. We closed our state very early and it has been a good decision. We are open as a state but not to interstate people.
Dave Carter
At 09:30 on 7th July 2020, Dave Carter commented:
Yes is the answer to the question. Australian states, Western Australia most of all, have handled this very well, by closing borders and being very vigilant on test and trace. Victoria seems to have had a systemic failure somewhere, possibly in the staffing of the quarantine hostels. New Zealand had handled it very well also. But the situation in the UK is an utter, utter shambles, with a clueless Prime Minister and a zombie like government failing the nation and now casting around for other people to blame. We have lost almost as many people as we did in 4 years of the Blitz.
Dave Carter
At 09:37 on 7th July 2020, Dave Carter commented:
It is a failure of the UK system of governance that local authorities cannot take the necessary action to protect their residents. In Sydney, Waverly council closed Bondi beach when there was a period of risky behaviour there. But Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council does not have the authority to close Bournemouth beach when similar things happen there. That power resides with central government, sadly.
Dave Carter
At 09:38 on 7th July 2020, Dave Carter commented:
Sorry, that should read a failure of the English system of governance. The Scottish and Welsh governments can take, and have taken actions to protect their people.
Carrie Spacey
At 11:07 on 7th July 2020, Carrie Spacey responded:
Hi Karen, local statistics are only available up to the end of May, but you can read them in another article here: (copy and paste this shortened url into your browser) https://bit.ly/3gDZzqZ
At 18:17 on 7th July 2020, Clivo commented:
What on earth is going on in this country? We are geographically relatively small, we have high tech experts coming out of our ears and a world class NHS. Yet somehow we have this ludicrously high rate of infections and deaths compared to countries with a tiny percentage of the advantages we have. It doesn't take our high tech experts to work out what's wrong here, the problems clearly lie at the door of our not-esteemed leaders. How can the track and trace system still be such a shambles at this stage and when will everyone get the chance to be tested regularly, so we can start to get back to a normal way of life, not just a quick bloody pint in the pub.
At 23:01 on 11th July 2020, Steph commented:
Hmm.. interesting comments above, I mean do these folks seriously think Jeremy Corbin would have done a better job.... I very much doubt it..
Dave Carter
At 23:15 on 11th July 2020, Dave Carter commented:
If you mean me, then yes I do. A Corbyn cabinet would have listened to experience from other countries, locked down earlier, and got a test and trace system up from the start, as the WHO recommended and as many other countries have done. Bailouts would have been targeted at workers rather than business owners. I may prefer Starmer to Corbyn as a leader, but both would be far, far better than Johnson has been. We wouldn't have had this tub thumping British exceptionalist, take it on the chin nonsense. My belief is that 30000 people would be alive who now aren't.
Dave Carter
At 09:29 on 12th July 2020, Dave Carter commented:
And Steph, if you are going to slag him off you could at least spell his name right.
At 22:01 on 12th July 2020, Steph commented:
Pity the majority of the country didn’t share your political position Mr Carter, god help us if they did...
Rob Ward
At 10:11 on 13th July 2020, Rob Ward commented:
A detailed analysis of how the UK Government has dealt with the pandemic is at https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/health-coronavirus-britain-tracing/
Having family living in Taiwan, I've taken an interest in how their government dealt with the pandemic. See, for example, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Taiwan

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