Cases falling in Congleton but rising in nearby towns

A covid hotspot in Congleton has disappeared – ironically just as Cheshire East was classed as higher risk.
However, areas including Biddulph Moor and Haslington were this week experiencing spikes. As we reported last week, 30 people tested positive for covid-19 in just one week in an area of Congleton. Data for the week from 26th September, to 2nd October, showed positive cases in Hightown, Mossley and Timbersbrook.
But this week (to 8th October) cases fell in Congleton town to between nought and two, the lowest category, with Hightown, Mossley and Timbersbrook recording just three cases.
Buglawton was in the next highest category, with seven cases.
Biddulph Moor and Rudyard, on the other hand, recorded 13 cases, the same as Sandbach Ettiley Heath and Wheelock, with Haslington seeing 17 cases.
Sandbach Heath was down with Congleton, at 0-2 cases.
Gawsworth and Macclesfield Forest – which includes Siddington, Lower Withington, Bosley, Eaton and Havannah - recorded 14 cases, Lostock and Wincham, which includes Byley and Allostock, recorded 20 cases, the nearest hotspot, while Silverdale and Keele recorded 31 cases, presumably because of the students at Keele.
All the rest of the Chronicle circulation area saw low numbers, including Biddulph Central with five, Scholar Green, Rode Heath and Brereton with nine, Alsager East with seven, Sandbach North with nine cases, Cranage and Goostrey – an area that runs as far as, and takes in Moreton - with seven, and Holmes Chapel nine.
Middlewich East recorded eight cases and Middlewich West four.
Coun Amanda Martin, who has been collating cases throughout the pandemic in Cheshire East, said the number of cases had continued to increase, though not as steeply as the previous week.
The number of new cases went up by 200 during the week to 8th October, a 50% increase. The whole of Cheshire East saw 615 new cases, she said, or 160 per 100,000 residents.
She said: “This takes us way above the one in a thousand threshold for concern, so it is not surprising that the Government has classed Cheshire East as a high infection area and imposed further restrictions.”
She said Staffordshire Moorlands had only half the rate per 100,000 of population as in Cheshire East.