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Local lockdown in virus-hit Oldham ‘would be disaster’

Written by on 19/08/2020

Putting Oldham into a coronavirus local lockdown would be a “disaster”, the leader of the local council has told Sky News.

Sean Fielding said the area was so “completely and utterly interwoven” with other parts of Manchester that putting firmer restrictions on the borough would be “really impractical”.

Oldham currently has the highest two-week COVID-19 case rate across England, Scotland and Wales.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier did not rule out extending a local lockdown to the area.

Mr Fielding said hospital admissions and deaths are not growing – the people contracting coronavirus are only suffering “quite a mild illness” and “spreading it internally within their households”.

 Sky News

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