UK town sees ‘sudden and unpredicted’ Covid-19 spike days before lockdown eases

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Coronavirus infection rates are increasing at an “unprecedented” level just days before local lockdown measures are due to be released.

A decision to lift restrictions in the Lancashire town was only made on Friday but positive Covid-19 virus test results have spiked in the past few days.

The sudden increase in infections is said to have provoked concern among officials in the area, and an emergency meeting it to be convened tomorrow.

Official figures have shown an increase in week-on-week cases with Bolton council leader, David Greenhalgh, summoning fellow leaders to join a meeting tomorrow morning.

Manchester Evening News reports him saying in a statement: “I have been in direct communication with council officers this morning about the concerning, sudden unpredicted rise in positive cases in the borough.

"Health officials are collating the current data to provide the full picture for an emergency meeting for officers and the cabinet, set for first thing in the morning, to examine the data in detail and look at the implications.”

There were 39 positive results from tests on Thursday – with 40 more testing positive on Friday.

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The troubling results are the biggest numbers in one day recorded in the town since April.

Results from August 27 showed the infection rate for Bolton was 34.8 cases per 100,000 of the population – an 82% increase from the previous week.

The following day, the figure rose to 44.2 cases for every 100,000 people following the positive results of 40 people.

The data has been shared by Public Health England.

Results on Saturday showed a slight decrease from the results of Friday – with infections 42.4 cases per 100,000.

Local lockdown is expected to be lifted on Wednesday when friends and family will be able to visit each other at their respective houses for the first time since local lockdown was implemented last month.

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