Council director of public health asks residents to mask up as Covid-19 cases continue to rise

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Cheshire East's director of public health is advising residents to keep on wearing face masks when inside with people they don't live with.

Latest figures released on the official UK government website (16 October) show the rate of positive cases in Cheshire East as 704 per 100,000 population. This is significantly higher than the rates per 100,000 population in the North West at 458 and 456 in England.

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: "Daily Covid-19 cases continue to rise nationally. Hospital admissions are also rising. There are more than one hundred deaths a day in England. These numbers will sadly rise as cases continue to increase if we don't all act now.

"It's not a big sacrifice to make to keep everyone safer. Wear a mask particularly in crowded places such as supermarkets, unless you are exempt. Avoid crowded places, especially indoors. Make sure to ventilate well when you are indoors and get vaccinated for Covid and flu as soon as you can, including the Covid booster shot.

"The message to our residents is very clear. Minimise the risks by remaining cautious. It's in our hands to help reduce the spread to protect ourselves and others, and the NHS, especially as we move into the really challenging winter months."

Photo: Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health, Cheshire East Council



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

Roger Bagguley
Wednesday 27th October 2021 at 3:54 pm
Triple jabbed, wearing a mask with hand gel in pocket. What is it that people don't get?
Peter Croome
Thursday 28th October 2021 at 7:58 am
The residents of Wilmslow certainly do not get it! Three in the lift at Hoopers with me - no masks. Two patients in Kenmore Waiting Room - no masks. Supermarkets the same. Until masks become the norm again, cases will continue to rise.
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 28th October 2021 at 9:50 am
I've been travelling around a lot by train recently, including the West Country, Wales, Scotland, and Yorkshire. In Scotland, masks are required to be worn in shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, churches and other places of worship, public transport, (including stations and bus stops), at work (including tradespeople working in people’s homes). In Wales, mask wearing is still a legal requirement on public transport and in all indoor public places with some stated exceptions.

On trains in England (all of which were pretty full, some crowded despite tales of covid-induced lack of train travel) on-board announcements asked passengers to wear masks 'to protect others and our colleagues', but few complied.

One has to question Johnson's dropping of the requirement for mask wearing in England in indoor public places at so-called 'Freedom Day'. It certainly wasn't to enable the economy to recover and people to get back to work as mask wearing is no detriment to those.

So why did he do it? For reasons of personal popularity? The devolved governments show far more sense and commitment to limiting the spread of the virus in retaining this minimally-inconvenient but effective requirement.

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