Council warns rising rates could lead to local lockdown when national one ends

Covid 19

Cheshire East Council has issued a warning that Covid-19 rates are continuing to rise, which could result in Cheshire East facing further strict restrictions when the national lockdown ends.

This warning comes as cases for the area reached 248 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

Leader of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Sam Corcoran, said: "There has been a rise in infections across the region during the past few weeks and this is something we need to address now to avoid increased restrictions being imposed.

"The majority of residents are doing the right thing by adhering to social distancing and travel restrictions, but there are a minority who are undoing all of this good work through complacency and selfishness.

"Covid-19 remains a real threat and we all must work together, or rates will continue to increase which means we could face stricter restrictions.

"Now is not a time to be complacent, we must all think about the consequences of our actions and the implications they can have in the coming weeks and months."

Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East Council said: "If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate immediately and get a test. Typical Covid-19 symptoms to look for include high fever, a continuous cough and loss of taste or smell.

"Residents should also self-isolate and request a test if they experience headaches, unexplained tiredness, muscle and body aches and a sore throat.

"If you experience any of these symptoms you must only leave home to get tested. You should not go into work or carry on with your normal day to day routine whilst waiting for the test results. You must self-isolate until you have them.

"You can book a test online by visiting or by calling 119. If you have a positive test or are alerted by a contact tracer, play your part to protect your community by self-isolating for at least 10 days.

"If we make sensible decisions, maybe we can avoid having further localised restrictions imposed on us over Christmas."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Mark Russell
Wednesday 18th November 2020 at 5:55 pm
They don’t know what the compliance rates are, so who do these people think they are to curtail our lives? There is a large ground swelling of people who are starting to say no. Christmas will be the breaking point and once people realise they can move around as they wish, the genie is out of the bottle. The motorway was just a busy as a normal work day today, but we are in a lockdown? Utter nonsense, mitigate and live your life’s.
Kathryn Blackburn
Thursday 19th November 2020 at 3:26 pm
According to local newspapers the number of cases is receding in Cheshire East and Cheshire West.
Stop it with the scare mongering. You are old enough and should be wise enough to know better Councillor.
Did anyone watch the Channel 4 programme last night on the lab in Northern Ireland testing the swabs. 'nuff said ?
Matthew Hague
Friday 20th November 2020 at 11:48 am
Can someone answer why M&S in Handforth is fully open and packed with people buying clothes, homeware, food etc. and small independent retailers in the county have had to close in this 2nd lockdown? Makes no sense.
Jon Armstrong
Friday 20th November 2020 at 12:39 pm
It's because it is all on one floor and operates as a single store with no physical barriers.

"Guidance on mixed retail
A business selling a significant amount of essential retail may also continue to sell goods typically sold at non-essential retail. For example, a supermarket that sells food is not required to close off or cordon off aisles selling homeware.
Where a business selling essential retail has another, separate business embedded within it that is required to close, the embedded business must close. For example, an electronics business operating a concession within a supermarket must close, as would a bookshop business inside a garden centre.
Where a business has sufficiently distinct parts, and one section provides essential retail and one section provides non-essential retail, the non-essential sections should close to limit interactions between customers and the opportunity for the disease to spread. Sufficiently distinct sections might involve operating in separate buildings, across separate floors, a door between sections, using separate cashiers, or another clear demarcation between sections. For example, a food shop may stay open, but a homeware section on a separate floor or separate building should close."

Sheila Grindrod
Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 6:02 pm
Isn't strange how they put cases per 100,000 and not cases, recovered, deaths etc. Cases are normal with a virus, the majority of people who test positive will recover, as with flu viruses some people will have a normal reaction some wont. The vulnerable people should be protected thereby allowing the rest to get back to normal. I wish they would be up front with the data.