Covid-19 Update Jan25
Oldham had 252 cases per 100,000 persons for the week ending Jan20, Manchester had 368.
The national average for the period was 355
We are currently in a National Lockdown, possibly until March
Previous lockdowns were imposed due to the dramatic increase in cases occuring across the country for example during Oct-Nov last year and this is again the case. The effect of the last lockdown can be seen in the reduction of new cases during October and the consquent slowing of rate of increase in the total number of cases from mid-november.
Latest info from oldham council: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/coronavirus ►
The significance of the graph below is not the total recorded but in the direction of the line, which ideally would be flat - indicating no new cases.
The RED line is the number of confirmed cases in Oldham.
The BLUE Line is the number for Manchester which has double the population of Oldham.
Graph starts 2 April and is updated daily or as soon as figures become available.
A total of 19,471 cases of the Covid-19 virus have been confirmed in Oldham since April 2nd .
While most will have run their course and no longer be active, we are still suffering hundreds of active cases each week.
Prior to the 2nd July the daily increase in recorded cases in Oldham had been fairly steady in single figures for 37 days - although should noted that at that time testing was not being conducted as extensively as it is now. At times, intensive testing days or weekends have been held - which can be seen as sharp increases over one or two days, such as those at the beginning of July and October.
Sources NHS & Public Health England, ONS & BBC
The latest advice from Public Health England and the NHS regarding the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here: Current NHS Advice ►
The town of Oldham ˈoʊldəm' covers an area of around 26 square miles (67 km2) and has a population of more than 230,000,it is the centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham within Greater Manchester, England. It is situated beneath the Pennines between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 6.9 miles (11.1 km) northeast of the city of Manchester and 5.3 miles (8.5 km) southeast of Rochdale.
In medieval times Oldham made woollen textiles - but in the 19th century cotton was king. Oldham became one of the world's first industrialised towns and a prominent international centre of textile manufacture, it was said to be "one of the most important centres of cotton and textile industries in England" and at it's peak produced more cotton than France and Germany combined.
By the mid-20th century Oldham's time as "Spindleopolis" was over; with the town's last mill closing in 1998.
In the 21st Century Oldham has set it's sights on transforming the town into a centre for further education and the performing arts and many of the iconic mills and other buildings from the heyday of the cotton industry still survive they been repurposed as business centres and warehouses, while the old Town Hall has been refurbished as part of a major upgrade to the town centre and now houses a cluster of cafes and a cinema, with a new public space - Parliament Square created alongside in the place of a former bus station.