Andy Burnham says there is “no support in Manchester” for the circuit breaker in October, as rumors circulate that the government may choose to straighten another lockdown with a half-term break.
But the mayor of Greater Manchester’s position came as he warned public health chiefs that hospitals in the area could be overwhelmed this winter due to pressure on the NHS.
The mayor joined Professor Kate Adrin, Wagon’s director of public health, as she hosted her first Quad Update press conference since the summer break.
The update is as follows. Government plans to tackle epidemics in the fall and winter., Announced yesterday.
The government has denied any plans to provoke another lockdown, or circuit breaker, in mid-October, but suggestions remain that Downing Street could still make the policy.
The mayor took his press conference as an opportunity to strongly oppose such a move.
“I see significant practical difficulties in getting to the circuit break in October,” Mr Burnham said.
“The world has changed a lot over the summer – just going back, effectively, to a lockdown situation would be very difficult.
“It will have a huge impact on our business and the question is, how effective will it be?”
“If it were for a week or two, would it actually create a transmission break that would be enough to change the basics?”
“I think there should be an alternative, a return to more disciplined messaging.”
Still, the mayor says that despite the increase in the number of coveted cases, such discipline can be difficult to achieve, as “it is difficult to re-bottle Jenny.”
Mr Burnham added: “We have never been persuaded to allow people to wear face masks on public transport.
“We still think it’s wrong because once you take those steps away, it’s hard to put Jenny back in the bottle.
“I think instead of talking about Plan B, I would say take some of these steps now. For winter planning, we should take back that discipline of hand, face, place. – And of course look at the possibilities of working from home as we go through the fall.
“It has been made even more difficult with the whole Independence Day rhetoric a few weeks ago.”
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One year after the local lockdown of Bolton and Health Secretary Sajid Javed, regional sanctions have not been lifted.
Again, the mayor says his previous experience of local and regional lockdowns was minimal, with minimal consequences, as people could be encouraged to leave their area where Hospitality is open.
He says regional lockdowns in Whitehall and their effects are not well understood, and disproportionate effects have been noticeable in places like Greater Manchester.
Meanwhile, the pair of health bosses expressed their concerns about the increase in hospital admissions as autumn begins.
Coronavirus rates are higher in Greater Manchester, Mr Burnham says, “slightly” than the English average and higher than last summer – and there has been a slight increase in new hospital coed patients, but overall, it’s a ‘Very stable position’.
However, NHS staff is ready for a ‘difficult’ period.
“I will summarize my concerns for the next few months,” said Professor Ardern.
“I think we are a little bit satisfied with the lifting of sanctions. I think we need to lift it.
“We’re going through the winter, we can’t be satisfied and we can’t think the cove is gone.
“We need clear, consistent communication. I think at the national level, in particular, there are mixed messages that we need to work locally.
“I’m concerned about the overall impact of covid rate when flu and other viruses are coming into play, on top of the current workload of the non-covid activity system.
“Heart attacks, strokes, other non-communicable diseases that are more prevalent in Greater Manchester, like respiratory diseases, have not gone away. They still exist. We need to deal with these long-term conditions so that we do not become severe. Admission. “
“My biggest concern is the capacity of the system,” he added.
“It’s important to remember that primary care is trying to organize the rollout of key vaccination programs, which are big, logistical exercises that no one should underestimate.
“But at the same time, it is trying to meet all the demands of the people around other health issues.”
“If primary care is not available, it clearly affects A&E, ambulance attendance, hospitals.
“It pays homage to our hospital system and to the overall health and care system in Greater Manchester. Because we run hospitals as a larger system, it gives us the potential to help each other.
“But my concern is that any significant increase in the quota affects other emergencies, other electoral procedures, especially the electoral recovery program.”