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Blackburn authority warns there is a ‘real possibility’ of a lockdown

by LLB staff reporter
15th Jul 20 12:54 pm

Blackburn authority are concerned over the “rising tide” of coronavirus infections and warned that there is a “real possibility” the town could go into a Leicester style lockdown.

Lancashire towns are on a knife edge of seeing localised lockdowns and the authorities have announced emergency measures to protect residents.

Residents are being urged to get tested for coronavirus even if they are showing no symptoms, and the public are being told to wear face coverings with immediate effect.

Professor Dominic Harrison, the local authority’s director of public health, said the Blackburn with Darwen borough has an Asian population of around 28%, which has seen 114 cases in the last two weeks.

Blackburn has seen a rise of 47 cases per 100,000 population in the week to 11 July, up from 31.6 cases the previous week, nearby Pendle has a rate of 76.6.

Professor Harrison told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “We have what we call a rising tide event rather than an outbreak, and by that we mean that we’ve got a number of cases rising in specific areas across a significant community, but not a single big outbreak like Kirklees or other areas that had a workplace outbreak.
“It can have the same effect because it can drive up the cases, but what we are seeing from looking at the postcode data of those cases is, in the last couple of weeks, is that what we are seeing is a single case being infected, then going back to a household and all that household becoming infected.”

South Asians are 28% more likely to be taken into critical care, and black people are at 36% more increased risk compared to white people, a study has found.

According to a study that is yet to be peer reviewed found that 40% of South Asians in a group of more than 30,000 have diabetes.

This is a “significant factor” which increases the likelihood of death from coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Professor Harrison told residents not to hug or shake hands with anyone who is not in their immediate family.

He warned, “These steps will help and we are appealing to everyone in Blackburn with Darwen to follow them to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“If we don’t, a local lockdown, like in Leicester, becomes a very real possibility.

“The council is working with the NHS and the wider community on this, it’s up to us all to help each other stick to the advice that’s been given.

“We can only avoid further lockdown measures if we work together.”

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