The second wave of coronavirus infections has been most pronounced in the north of England, as rates by the end of the lockdown weren’t as low as in the south. This has been confirmed.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief physician, said in a press conference on Monday that the increase in Covid-19 infections has become a “nationwide phenomenon”, but the north has had the fastest recurrence rate because cases “never” have occurred fell as far in summer ”as in the south.
The government is preparing to announce major new controls to contain the surge in infections. Boris Johnson will set out his three-stage strategy in a Commons statement.
Parts of the north of England are preparing for the strictest Tier 3 controls. Merseyside is expected to close its pubs, gyms and casinos in an effort to keep the infection rate down.
At the press conference, Dr. Jane Eddleston, Medical Director in Greater Manchester, reported that around 40% of Covid cases are currently occurring in the Northwest and 30% of the area’s intensive care beds are occupied by patients with the disease.
Prof. Van-Tam responded to a question about a presentation slide showing an increase in the creep rate in the south: “You have now worried me that I might have presented a bipolar picture, that Covid-19 is a problem in the north and not a problem in the south.
“On the contrary, the epidemic increased significantly earlier in the north of England this time around than it did in the first wave, and that is almost certainly due to the fact that the disease rates are in the north and certainly in the northwest. never fallen as far in summer as in the south.
“But the rate of infection is rising in almost every region of the UK and the expanded brown map I showed you, from the Joint Biosecurity Center, makes that absolutely clear.
“This is a nationwide phenomenon as rates are moving upwards across the UK.”
Northern leaders have been claiming for weeks that the UK government lifted national spring lockdown restrictions on London and the south-east.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham tweeted after the press conference: “I am grateful to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for recognizing this point.
“Too many are rushing to blame the northern public without understanding it.”