Tameside residents are urged to keep up their excellent efforts in lockdown to help reduce high Covid death rates.
While the number of Covid infections and deaths in the borough is starting to decrease, the rate is still high. Sticking to the rules will mean fewer people suffering and losing loved ones. It will also help schools and businesses fully reopen sooner.
The number of new cases locally fell from 785 to 674 for the week ending 25 January, with deaths declining from 19 to 17 for the week ending 15 January.
The Kent variant of Covid, which is far more transmissible so much easier to catch and pass on, now accounts for more than 80% of cases in Tameside, making it even more vital that people stay at home.
The rapid rollout of the Covid vaccine across Tameside and Glossop is continuing to bring protection with more than 40,000 doses now administered. Every care home resident and staff members, the over 70s, defined clinically extremely vulnerable individuals and over 70s who are housebound, have all been offered the vaccine.
It’s anticipated that by the end of April all of the first phase priority groups 1 to 9, which includes all over 50s and adults aged 18-65 in an at-risk group, will have been vaccinated in Tameside and Glossop, dependent on vaccine delivery.
Tameside Council Executive Leader, Councillor Brenda Warrington, said: “My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one through Covid. The death rates remain high and brings home to us all the devastating severity of this virus – there can be very few people who have not been affected in some way.
“That’s why we must keep up the excellent efforts in lockdown that are starting to bear fruit in the decreasing rates to ensure they continue to come down so that as few people as possible suffer.
“Our health teams are doing an amazing job in treating and caring for patients while rapidly delivering the vaccine that will help bring protection and we must do all we can to help them by sticking to the rules.”