Covid cases in Cheshire East have more than trebled this month

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Cheshire East Council is warning that Covid-19 infection rates of the highly transmissible Delta variant continue to increase at an alarming rate in the borough

In the latest week, from July 10th to July 16th, here were 474 cases per 100,000 with cases having more than trebled since the beginning of the month.

Positive cases among those aged 18 to 30 and who remain un-vaccinated are particularly high, especially in Macclesfield and Crewe areas.

Leader of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Sam Corcoran, said: "The huge increase in Covid-19 cases is extremely worrying and this will undoubtedly lead to more disruption, more hospitalisations and sadly more deaths.

"We have heard the government announce the ending of most restrictions, but I am strongly urging our residents to continue to be cautious as we might not hit the peak of infections for several more weeks and it is therefore vital for all of us to get vaccinated and to wear a mask to protect others in crowded or close proximity settings."

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "I have said it before, but this pandemic is far from over. We have a duty to ensure our residents are aware of the impact it is continuing to have, predominantly among those who are still not fully vaccinated.

"I would encourage anyone who has not yet done so, to make an appointment for their vaccination as soon as possible."

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: "This is a very serious situation and it's going to get far worse before it gets any better.

"Working alongside the other Directors of Public Health across Cheshire and Merseyside, working together as the Champs Public Health Collaborative, collectively we have issued a joint statement asking those living and working in the area to go above and beyond the minimum required, in the light of rising Covid-19 infections locally and changes to the national restrictions.

"People are being asked to take their individual and collective role to reduce the transmission of the virus incredibly seriously, and not see the 19th July as a reason to stop all behaviours that have slowed down the spread of the virus over the past sixteen months, especially when in close contact with others.

"This is very important, as infection rates are high in the area and historically, the North West of England has been more impacted by the virus than other areas, due to structural inequalities. This means recovery from the pandemic will take longer unless residents continue to take steps to minimise harm right now.

"This advice will also support local businesses and the wider economy, as increased transmission of the virus will result in major disruptions if staff are unable to work due to being unwell with COVID-19 and legally required to self-isolate."

For the latest information and advice on the move to Step 4, testing, vaccinations and self-isolation support, go to the council's webpage at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19

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Simon Worthington
Saturday 24th July 2021 at 1:54 pm
More advice from “Dr”. Matt Tyrer. I suggest checking his qualifications and his own quote on being appointed to his current position. Surely a beneficiary of the “Peter principle”. Could we also be informed just how much it costs us to benefit from his advice?
Michael Harding
Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 8:32 am
Dr Tyrer's advice seems perfectly sensible to me. I can't see why Simon Worthington (whoever he is) has any problems with it.
Simon Worthington
Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 6:59 pm
Check him out and his own quote Mike (whoever you are). He is on the public payroll spouting the obvious at our expense that is why I have a “problem” with him.
Stuart Redgard
Thursday 29th July 2021 at 7:25 am
Simon Worthington.

You are entitled to your opinion and I don't have a problem with that, but I don't have to agree withit.

You state that "He is on the public payroll spouting the obvious at our expense".

Yes, it may be obvious to you and me, but not everybody.

1) There are still covid deniers.
2) Those who choose not to get vaccinated
3) And those that thought they had tested positive announcing that they intend to ignore the government and NHS guidance relating to self Isolating(A CEC Councillor Marc Asquith: A barrister. See https://tinyurl.com/vp7nuu5x).

So I have no problem with him stating the obvious, as to some people, the obvious is just not that!
Simon Worthington
Saturday 31st July 2021 at 12:43 pm
I very much doubt that those who would find these spoutings not obvious will be reading them. Anyone know how much of OUR cash is being absorbed by the good “Doctor “? It should be in the public domain.
Kathleen Morris
Saturday 31st July 2021 at 4:05 pm
Is this the Matthew Tyrer who graduated from Manchester a decade ago and has a specialism in public health?
Paul Dawson
Saturday 31st July 2021 at 4:34 pm
@Simon Worthington. Cheshire East publish their statement of accounts which includes remuneration details for key roles, including the Director of Public Health. The latest report covers the 2019/20 financial year and is easy to source; so it is in the public domain. I suspect on reviewing the information, your next comment will be related to how much the role is paid vs your view on what he should be paid.
Simon Worthington
Tuesday 3rd August 2021 at 10:03 am
Paul. I afraid that won't help much as the good "Doctor" (Keele first then - 2005 on?- after 5 years of very expensive education a couple of courses necessary for a career on the council payroll - maybe the thought of becoming a medical practitioner didn't appeal) was only appointed to his job early last year so won't figure in accounts to April 2020. As I previously suggested his quote on appointment is very illuminating!!!

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