Covid-19 Update Oct25
Oldham had 310 cases per 100,000 persons for the week ending Oct21
Manchester had 321
The national average for the period was 496
On July 19th all legal restrictions remaining for 'lockdown' conditions ended. (...more)
The Delta variant resulted in a large upturn in cases which may now have peaked and the new normal seems to be within a range of 90-120 new cases per day.
It should be noted that while no longer legally mandated most large stores & supermarkets will still require the wearing of face-covering inside, it's their choice and it makes sense. Meanwhile vaccinations and testing continue with 75% of Oldham adults having received 1 vaccination jab and 59% having received 2.
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 due to be phased out over April-June.
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 due to the delta-variant caused the final date for full reopening due on June 21st to be delayed by 4 weeks to July19th 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.
Since April 2020 Oldham has recorded a total of 41,427 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 ►
Latest info from oldham council: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/coronavirus ►
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.