‘Disconcerting’ number of new covid-19 cases

A town councillor has said that the number of new coronavirus cases each week in Cheshire East is “disconcerting” and that the borough council should have plans in place for a “local lockdown” if necessary.
Conservative councillor Amanda Martin, of Congleton, has been “keeping a close eye” on Government figures for the number of diagnosed cases in the borough, producing a graph published in the Chronicle's letters pages each week since April.
In her letter this week, Coun Martin said: “Disconcertingly, the number of new coronavirus cases each week is increasing in Cheshire East while the number in the North West region as a whole has continued to go down.
“Changes can be ignored where the rate is already very low, but the 39 new cases in Cheshire East is significant.”
She said that this figure, collated from a Government-produced map of the country's cases, was now a week old - the 39 new cases were for the week beginning on Friday, 12th June to Thursday, 18th June.
She continued: “I hope the local NHS trusts and Cheshire East Council know where these cases are and have plans in place to impose a local lockdown if necessary. In the meantime, we need to stay vigilant. It's not over yet.”
Coun Sam Corcoran, the Labour leader of Cheshire East Council, said in one of his daily broadcasts on social media this week that he was “surprised” by the Government's announcement on Friday that the UK's covid-19 alert level was being reduced from four to three.
He said: “Although the number of new cases each day for the last 10 days (Tuesday, 9th to Friday, 19th) in Cheshire East has been in single figures, on no day has it been zero and there is not a clear downwards trend.”
Coun Corcoran encouraged residents to continue to follow Government guidance and spoke about the measures put in place in town centres, including widening footpaths, to help with social distancing.