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"Major incident" declared in British city of Manchester to tackle COVID-19

 

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The skyline of Manchester is seen as a man exercises, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Oldham, Britain, August 1, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

 

LONDON (Reuters) - A major incident has been declared in the Manchester area of Britain, allowing the creation of a "central command structure" to help tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases, a local official was quoted as saying on Sunday.

 

Health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday the COVID-19 lockdown in parts of northern England - including Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire - would be tightened because of an increasing rate of transmission.

 

"Although the council and partner organisations have been working closely to tackle the impacts of the pandemic since early this year, declaring a major incident means we can ramp this up further," the Leader of Manchester City Council Richard Leese said in the Manchester Evening News.

 

"It allows the establishment of a central command structure to oversee the response and enables agencies involved to draw on extra resources."

 

The city council did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment from Reuters.

 

The pandemic has killed more than 46,000 people in Britain, the fourth highest toll in the world, according to a Reuters tally collated on Sunday. 

 

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Giles Elgood and Timothy Heritage)

 

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31 minutes ago, Surelynot said:

You have to admire the strong leadership and decision making capacity of Boris and this Tory government.....always on the front foot and always on the ball..........apart from.............. the greatest number of excess deaths in Europe, continuous mixed and confused messaging, no tracing app, a very weak, extortionately expensive, failing test and trace system, allowing Cummings to wander around the country and Jenrick to 'fix' planning permissions for his mates, 5 COBRA meeting missed, a two week holiday in the Caribbean and a fortnight in the Kent countryside sorting out his divorce and engagement........otherwise great work Boris.

I think lately his actions have improved considerably.

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1 hour ago, stevenl said:

I think lately his actions have improved considerably.

You mean giving a peerage to the son of an ex-KGB agent?

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9 hours ago, izod10 said:

Nothing to do with leadership.  We all know the numbers here and who is infected,just let them get on with it. They are not bothered,and I am certainly not,fact is Id have all night parties for the lot of them

But they`re not supposed to touch alcohol.....:unsure:

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What is the major incident? Number of Covid-19 deaths? That would be many incidents.

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4 hours ago, bannork said:

You mean giving a peerage to the son of an ex-KGB agent?

Maybe his son's innocent of any wrong doing.

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Many schools remained open in Manchester throughout the pandemic. Possible source of covid spread from young back to their communities and families?

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11 hours ago, izod10 said:

Nothing to do with leadership.  We all know the numbers here and who is infected,just let them get on with it. They are not bothered,and I am certainly not,fact is Id have all night parties for the lot of them

The declaration of a major incident in Greater Manchester should jolt a “complacent white middle class” into realising that Covid-19 is not just spreading in ethnic minority households, one of the region’s health chiefs has said.

Eleanor Roaf, the director of public health in Trafford, said 80% of its infections in the last week were in the white community, and she urged the region’s 2.8 million residents to concentrate “much harder on what we can do to stop the wider spread”.

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I'm glad they're trying to do something about it, but it feels a bit late. Here's hoping it helps from here on out. 

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On 8/3/2020 at 11:04 PM, Surelynot said:

The declaration of a major incident in Greater Manchester should jolt a “complacent white middle class” into realising that Covid-19 is not just spreading in ethnic minority households, one of the region’s health chiefs has said.

Eleanor Roaf, the director of public health in Trafford, said 80% of its infections in the last week were in the white community, and she urged the region’s 2.8 million residents to concentrate “much harder on what we can do to stop the wider spread”.

 

Sure, it's all the white middle class who've been working in sweatshops and ignoring staying at home, living in massively overcrowded residences, attending funerals in massive numbers, and visiting one another's houses in large gatherings. 

 

Bit like saying not all the pedophile rape gangs operating in several UK cities weren't mostly Pakistani / Bangladeshi Muslim males. In the interests of racial harmony,

 

Facts are so inconvenient.

 

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2 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

Facts are so inconvenient.

Oh the irony

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24 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

 

Sure, it's all the white middle class who've been working in sweatshops and ignoring staying at home, living in massively overcrowded residences, attending funerals in massive numbers, and visiting one another's houses in large gatherings. 

 

Bit like saying not all the pedophile rape gangs operating in several UK cities weren't mostly Pakistani / Bangladeshi Muslim males. In the interests of racial harmony,

 

Facts are so inconvenient.

 

Huh? So you're saying Eleanor Roaf, the director of public health in Trafford, is wrong when she says '80% of its infections in the last week were in the white community'. 

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