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Coronavirus: The R-rate could be above one in North West England



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Data suggests the region could have an R-rate of 1.01 as Matt Hancock raised the prospect of local lockdowns

Friday, 5th June 2020, 8:47 pm

Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 8:47 pm

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Matt Hancock, when asked about the data at the Downing Street press conference again raised the prospect of local lockdowns, but said the Sage scientific advisory group believed the R-rate was still below one in all regions.

Dr Andrew Furber, regional director of Public Health England North West, said: “We know here in the North West, we experienced a peak in cases later than the majority of other areas.

“We need to ensure all our communities continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation. As lockdown measures are eased across the country, it is vitally important we do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.”

The number of reported hospital admissions for Covid-19 in Greater Manchester is now higher than at any time since late April, having risen for the second week in a row.

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Local lockdowns

Matt Hancock told the Downing Street press conference: “We’re increasingly getting regional data. The R is closer to one in the North West and South West. The advice from SAGE is the R is below one in all regions.

“However, we want to increasingly have an approach of tackling local lockdowns where we spot a flare up.

“We have been doing this in the last few weeks. For instance, there was a flare up in Weston-super-Mare, which we got under control, and making sure we use this extra focused data is incredibly important.

“So the new Joint Biodiversity Centre has been tasked to look at each area where there is a flare up. The North West and the South West are big areas themselves. We need to get more granular and more focused and find the source of the local outbreak and deal with it.”