England’s 20 areas ‘most at risk of new coronavirus outbreaks’ revealed
Twenty councils in England have been deemed most at risk of fresh coronavirus outbreaks, according to a Government document leaked to the Guardian and the Observer.
Sheffield, Kirklees and Bradford are among the areas identified as facing a potential Covid-19 resurgence, and could therefore face local lockdowns, the classified information suggests.
Public Health England (PHE), briefed local government health officials last week that ministers were considering publishing a ranking of the 10 councils most affected by new outbreaks, the Guardian reported.
This ranking is set to be based on a document circulated to local health chiefs on Thursday, which was marked “official sensitive”, the news site said.
The table, reportedly compiled by PHE, ranks the 20 councils with the highest proportion of positive cases.
Leicester remains most at risk, followed by Kirklees in West Yorkshire, then Bradford, Blackburn with Darwen, and Oadby and Wigston.
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Titled “local authority areas of interest”, the data set is reportedly based on testing between 21 June and 4 July.
Identifying six areas of “concern”, it allegedly labels more serious cases as needing “enhanced support”, with three councils in this category.
Leicester, however, is given the more urgent marker of “requiring intervention.”
The document allegedly explains that the highlighted areas are “currently under investigation by the local public health protection teams”.
It says the areas listed are “associated with workplace outbreaks which have contributed to the increase in infection rates”.
Last month,164 workers at a meat factory in Kirklees tested positive for the disease ...
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