Coronavirus: Bolton restrictions tightened amid rise in cases
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Tighter coronavirus restrictions have been introduced in Bolton, including only allowing takeaways and curtailing nightlife, after a rise in cases.
The new measures will require all hospitality venues to close between 22:00 BST and 05:00 each day.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the town in Greater Manchester had "the highest case rate in the country."
A further 2,420 new coronavirus cases were reported across the UK on Tuesday.
Overall, there have been 8,356 new cases reported since Sunday.
It comes as ministers and government advisers expressed concern over a "sharp rise" in cases, especially amongst the young.
Mr Hancock told the House of Commons: "Unfortunately, after improving for several weeks, we've seen a very significant rise in cases in Bolton.
"The rise in cases in Bolton is partly due to socialising by people in their 20s and 30s. We know this from contact tracing.
"And through our contact tracing system we've identified a number of pubs at which the virus has spread significantly."
He said there were 120 cases per 100,000 in Bolton, which had already been under stricter lockdown measures.
The new measures, which come into force immediately, include:
- All hospitality for food and drink (restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs) are now restricted to takeaway only
- Late night restriction of operating hours, meaning all venues, including takeaways, will be required to close from 22:00 to 05:00
- It will become illegal for people to socialise with those outside their own household in any setting, even outdoors
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: "This is not something we want to do, but it is clear the virus is currently moving round the borough uncontrolled and so we need to halt the transmission rate."
Muhammad Memon, 37, who owns Kids World clothing shop in Bolton town centre, said he had real fears about keeping his business afloat in light of the new restrictions.
"Town is empty. Four big retailers have shut down near me since lockdown," he said. "There is no footfall."
"I am praying for help from the government," he added.
The Alma Inn pub and music venue in Bolton announced on Facebook it would now close permanently, two days after it said a customer tested positive for Covid-19.
As well as restricting hospitality venues, Mr Hancock said visitor limits will also be put in place in care homes in Bolton.
The health secretary said: "I want us to learn the lesson from Spain, America and France – not to have to learn the lesson all over again ourselves through more hospitalisations and more deaths, and take this action locally in Bolton."
The move comes after plans to ease restrictions in Bolton were scrapped last week following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Mr Hancock also told MPs that a strict local lockdown in Leicester had resulted in a "very significant" drop in cases, with measures there to be reviewed on Thursday.
It came as Boris Johnson's official spokesman was asked whether the government was considering a change in guidance on household gatherings across England.
The spokesman said it was being kept under review and that ministers would not hesitate to act if needed.
Guidance in England currently says two households can meet indoors. Outdoors up to six people from different households can meet – or up to 30 people from two households.
The UK government's chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, said Covid-19 rates are now rising, especially amongst people between the ages of 17 and 29.
He warned that if people stopped social distancing then "Covid comes back".
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There is a need for a coordinated and comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness and mental illness. This includes providing safe and stable housing, access to mental health treatment and support, and addressing the underlying social determinants of health that contribute to homelessness, such as poverty, lack of education and job opportunities.
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The association “Tous avec Agosti” wants 2023 to rhyme with new dynamics. For nine years now, the structure has been working to welcome families of hospitalized children in Bayonne. Since 2018, 47 families have been able to find some respite in an apartment in Anglet.
Apartment in Anglet
Since she has benefited from an apartment in Anglet, the association “Tous avec Agosti” has enabled nearly 50 families of patients hospitalized at the Center Hospitalier de la Côte Basque to stay close to their loved ones. This represents 600 overnight stays, 47 families from 23 departments and even from Belgium and Spain. At the beginning of 2023, the structure has just had its prefectural approval renewed and sees things big.
“We have been working in our area for years,” notes Frédéric de Arroyave, the association’s president, but “in 2023, we will show ourselves much more, on the markets for example, but also in acts. The apartment we have in Anglet is a haven of peace for families going through terrible times, but for some it is difficult to access”. The apartment is located on the alleys of the Jardins d’Arcadie, near Biarritz – Pays Basque airport. We want to get closer to the Bayonne hospital.
The association “Tous avec Agosti” was born in 2015. Agosti, 10 years old, is suffering from cancer and taken care of at Bordeaux hospital for 6 months. His father, Frédéric de Arroyave, living in Ahetze, has the possibility of integrating a parents’ house and can stay with his child. Such a structure did not exist in Bayonne, so he launched the project and the association which lives today thanks to donations from contributors and the dozen (very) active volunteers. Each year, approximately 4,000 children are hospitalized in Bayonne.
This article is originally published on francebleu.fr
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