Coronavirus: Bradford and London boroughs amongst 36 ‘at-risk’ areas that could possibly be ‘simply days away’ from native lockdowns | UK Information
Additional native lockdowns are “simply days away” following the drawing up of a listing of 36 “at-risk” areas, Sky Information understands.
Sources in Public Well being England and the Division for Well being advised Sky Information they’re “working collaboratively”, specializing in the 36 areas in England the place coronavirus circumstances are rising.
In consequence, native lockdowns just like the one in Leicester could possibly be applied in “simply days”.
It’s believed that the Metropolis of Bradford and boroughs in London, together with Brent and Harrow, could possibly be the subsequent to lockdown after sources confirmed there have been an elevated variety of COVID-19 circumstances during the last week.
There are issues that native lockdowns could also be introduced on due to excessive numbers of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in these communities.
BAME individuals have been disproportionately hit throughout the pandemic.
Among the elements embody multi-generational and overcrowded housing and the truth that many key employees are from the BAME neighborhood.
Leicester, Brent and Harrow all have excessive numbers of overcrowded houses, predominantly of individuals from a south Asian heritage.
Outdoors of London, Leicester has a number of the highest charges of overcrowded housing within the nation.
There are additionally a excessive variety of ethnic minority key employees within the metropolis.
It’s estimated round 1 / 4 of the BAME inhabitants has been working all through this pandemic in jobs resembling taxi and bus drivers, safety guards and within the healthcare sector.
However there are questions over why the suggestions from the Public Well being England evaluate wanting into disparities inside ethnicity from COVID-19, which was given to the federal government on the finish of Could, haven’t been applied.
Suggestions included focused messages to totally different communities to advertise COVID-19 prevention programmes and creating occupational threat assessments which take ethnicity into consideration.
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Locals in Leicester consider that with these in place a neighborhood lockdown might have been prevented.
A Public Well being England spokesperson stated: “PHE publishes day by day circumstances of COVID-19 damaged down by native authority which incorporates individuals examined as a part of pillar 1.
“That is used as one among numerous indicators to assist us and companion organisations to determine developments in native areas and to take motion accordingly.
“To make use of these information in isolation to foretell which areas will see vital will increase in circumstances shouldn’t be acceptable as they don’t present an entire image of what’s occurring domestically.”
It has been extensively reported that the 36 “at-risk” areas are:
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Barking and Dagenham
- Milton Keynes
- Kensington and Chelsea
- Tower Hamlets
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- Isle of Wight
- Richmond upon Thames
- Redcar and Cleveland
Sky Information is contacting all 36 native authorities, the Division of Well being and the Native Authorities Affiliation for remark.