Covid-19 Update Jun18
Oldham had 181 cases per 100,000 persons for the week ending Jun 14
Manchester had 333
The national average for the period was 47
On 12th April we left a full National Lockdown, with non-essential shops, hairdressers and Pubs & Restaurants then open for outside dining, with other restrictions to be phased out over April-July if things go well.
On May 17th restrictions were further released allowing greater mixing, gyms to reopen and Restaurants to serve meals indoor, with distancing. Vaccinations continue and many in vulnerable categories will have received their second jab, which is just as well with new variants of the virus appearing, in particular the Delta variant first detected in India which has replaced the UK variant as the dominant strain in this country.
By mid-June the significant rise in cases caused the final date for full reopening and removal of restrictions due on July 21st to be delayed by 4 weeks allowing more vaccinations to take place before restrictions are removed.
Lockdowns were imposed due to the dramatic increase in cases occuring across the country for example during Oct-Nov 2020 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. After a bump following the xmas-new year we can see reduction in cases, both due to the lockdown and as the effect of vaccination kicks in towards the end of February.
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 slope of the line - indicating the rate of increase in cases ideally it 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.
Since April 2020 Oldham has recorded a total of 24,551 cases of the Covid-19 virus.
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.