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  1. It's time for Salford to head out and get haircuts, hit the gym and enjoy a swift pint in the pubs today as further lockdown restrictions have been eased. The second step along the roadmap to lockdown is effective from today (Monday 12 April) and sees further easing of restrictions. It seems like an eternity, especially for Greater Manchester, where pubs and non-essential shops have been closed since Monday 12 October 2020. The changes include: · All non-essential shops, attractions, gyms and retail to open. · Domestic overnight stays (household) and se
  2. Last week step one of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions took place on Monday 8 March, which included the reopening of schools and two people from different households being able to meet outdoors. This slight change in the restrictions does not mean we are out of lockdown and all other Government led regulations still apply, including meeting people in large groups. Over the weekend GMP has issued 135 fixed penalty notices with many being issued to people meeting up indoors or meeting in groups of 15 or more people. Many calls are made in to the police from the public with reports of br
  3. Salford Council have reported what it says to be an isolated case of the new strain of the 'Kent' coronavirus which has been circulating in parts of Manchester for some time. The incident happened earlier in the year after a person reportedly became unwell and later tested positive for the virus, upon testing it was determined that the person had been infected with the new 'Kent' strain. The person had already self isolated and local test and tracing were able to identify those people that they had come into contacted with. Director of public health Dr Muna Abdel Aziz said the t
  4. 51 of the most vulnerable people suffering from homelessness in Salford were given a Covid Vaccine today as part of Salford continuing efforts to lead the way with its outstanding vaccination drive across the City. Calls to vaccinate the homeless and rough sleepers were made last month by a leading homeless charity after it identified that up to 20% of those on the streets were considered to be at high risk because of the virus. It is the nature of their predicament that they are highly exposed on a daily basis, many of them already suffering from underlying physical as well as menta
  5. The Prime Minister has outlined plans to loosen lockdown for what he hopes will be the final time., starting with socially distanced reopening of all schools and colleges from March 8th. Pupils will be able to return to school, much to the relief of parents who have been struggling to balance home schooling with work, although secondary schools will still be required to wear a mask in classrooms for the foreseeable future unless the 2 metre social distancing rules can be applied. They will still be required to wear them in all communal areas. With infections rates continuing to fall
  6. Research carried out by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) looked closely at the symptoms which were most commonly reported by people who had contracted the new 'Kent' variant (B.1.1.7, formerly VUI-202012/01) of the Covid-19 virus in comparison with those of the old variant and found significant differences in its affects. The variant, which is a version of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19, has a series of mutations that change the shape of the spike protein on its outside. The main one is known as N501Y. This appears to make it better able to stick to the cells insid
  7. As vaccinations against coronavirus continue around the city in what is undoubtedly the largest vaccination drive in history, it is revealed that all care home residents in Salford who were willing to get the vaccine have now been given the COVID-19 vaccine, ahead of schedule. The milestone was reached on 22nd January 2021, two days ahead of the national target to vaccinate all residents of Salford’s 34 care homes by 24th January 2021. Dr. Nick Browne, GP at Gill Medical Centre in Walkden and a clinical lead for Salford’s vaccination programme said: Salford Primary Care Toget
  8. Three rapid COVID-19 test centres have opened this week, as part of Salford City Council’s strategy to identify more positive cases and stop the spread the virus. Frontline and key workers in Salford – those who cannot work from home and who have no symptoms of COVID-19 - are encouraged to be tested twice a week using rapid lateral flow tests. These tests are a new kind of technology with results available usually within an hour so can be used to test a higher number of people without COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who tests positive using a rapid lateral flow test will then be advised to self
  9. Plans to relax the Covid-19 rules for 5 days over the Christmas period have been scrapped for much of the South of the country and limited to Christmas Day in the rest of England as London, Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire are all plunged into a new Tier 4 from midnight. Those within Tier 4 can not mix with anyone outside of their household with stay at home orders issued except for those travelling to work or education. The restrictions will be reviewed on the 30th December. This follows from announcement made earlier in the week that suggests that a new strain of the Coronavirus which
  10. The health secretary dashed any hopes of a tier reduction for Salford this morning after opting to keep Greater Manchester firmly within Tier 3 restrictions. Earlier this week, NHS chiefs urged the government not to drop parts of the country already in Tier 3 to Tier 2, even as infection rates dropped in some areas. Greater Manchester Metro Mayor, Andy Burnham said on Wednesday that there was a clear case for restrictions to be lowered across the region, however, the health secretary and government have disagreed as rates have started to rise once more in some areas. Whilst addr
  11. Salford City Council has confirmed that the small-scale trial of Direct LAMP saliva testing has ended and that it is now one of 93 areas which have signed up to roll out locally led testing using lateral flow technology. Thousands of these lateral flow tests will be made available to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic people in Salford. Since September the cases of COVID-19 increased rapidly within Salford and across the region as well as nationwide, meaning that Salford City Council has focused resources on managing outbreaks and containment of the virus. Lateral flow antigen tests
  12. A man and woman have been given £10,000 fixed penalty notices after officers closed down a wedding party in Salford and a house party in Bolton. At around 7.45pm last night (Tuesday 3 November 2020) police were called to a report of a large gathering at a warehouse on Great Clowes Street, Salford. Officers arrived and dispersed a group of around 200 people who were attending an organised wedding party which had catering, musicians, a MC and sound equipment. Screens had also been put up in an attempt to prevent the event being seen from outside. Following the dispersal of this we
  13. The hospitality sector has taken some of the largest financial hits during the past 8 months, with national lockdown and enforced closures having massive impacts on the pub industry in particular. Some pubs have already succumbed to their financial strains and others are at the brink of closure as local lockdown restrictions placed upon them are drastically cutting into the precious profits they need to survive. With the second wave spread of the virus showing no signs of slowing, Greene King who operate a number of pubs & restaurants within Salford have announced that one third
  14. Manchester Council has revealed that Guided by public health advice, Manchester’s universities are set to move to online learning only for most courses to help fight the rising rate of Covid infection which has caused unprecedented spikes within the city, mainly centred around its educational districts. The decision was made by Director of Public Health David Regan and Manchester City Council’s chief executive, Joanne Roney OBE, working with the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, and Public Health England as part of action to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in
  15. Five-hundred Greater Manchester and East Cheshire volunteers will from today be invited to join a leading phase three COVID-19 vaccine study taking place in the region. The study will test the safety and effectiveness of a promising new vaccine, developed by US biotechnology company Novavax, across a broad spectrum of people, including those from a variety age groups and backgrounds. Phase 3 studies involve many thousands of people, giving researchers insights into the effects of a vaccine on a much larger population than phase 1 and 2 studies. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is among
  16. Despite Greater Manchester reporting growing numbers of COVID cases, Greater Manchester Police recorded 320 illegal gatherings over the weekend and officers issued 24 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN). Incidents which resulted in FPNs include the third illegal gathering at a property in North Manchester, an illegal gathering of more than 40 people at a property in Stockport, and an illegal gathering of 60-70 people in Tameside. Officers also issued a closure notice at a property in Trafford after receiving multiple reports of an illegal gathering and associated antisocial behaviour. This is in
  17. Oasis Academy in Ordsall has joined Salford City Academy, Harrop Fold, Buile Hill Academy, Co-op Academy and Ellenbrook Primary in reporting cases of pupils forced to self-isolate, making them the sixth school within Salford to do so. Pupils from within the year-8 group have been told they will need to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days under government regulations. Pupils will continue their education virtually, online. Across Greater Manchester there have been 65 schools with reported cases. Pupils in other year groups have been told that they should continue to at
  18. A small number of children are at home self-isolating from Salford City Academy in Eccles after a positive case of Covid-19 was identified at the school within its year-11 group bubble. Thanks to the clever way that the academy has set out classrooms and seating plans, only a small number from the year group have been exposed, which means that those who have not will be able to resume their education. Affected pupils will have to remain at home for 14 days until they are given the all clear to return to school, inline with government regulations. The academy joins Harrop Fold, B
  19. Salford City Council is sending an urgent, critical message to the local community and businesses to avoid further restrictions as coronavirus cases are escalating in the city. Further government restrictions could include food and drink businesses opening only for takeaways, limited venue opening times, and a blanket restriction on meeting outdoors. Salford’s infection rate has seen a sharp increase with cases continuing to rise – positive coronavirus cases now stand at around 80 per 100,000 people (as of 10/09/2020), with transmission across all communities, different age groups an
  20. Greater Manchester's Metro Mayor, Andy Burnham said that the region needs to 'Get It's Focus Back' after small but notable rises were observed in covid-19 patient admissions across the regions hospitals. However, Mr Burnham said that it was too early to determine if the rising numbers were a trend, but cautioning that it was not being ruled out. Sadly another death has been recorded due to the virus at Salford Royal this evening, with a further six recorded across other hospitals in the region. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DypnjUN-8Ck The Mayor speaking on his pres
  21. A 23-year-old man from Bolton has been fined £1,000 after failing to respond to self-isolation requirements when he returned from a holiday in Ibiza on Thursday 20 August 2020. GMP received reports that since returning from Spain, one of the countries the government has imposed a 14-day quarantine regulation on for travellers arriving back to the UK, the man had left his home on numerous occasions as well as holding a house party where a number of people attended. After it was reported that the male had been in breach of regulations, he was stopped a few days later by a GMP officer.
  22. The latest message from the governments coronavirus campaign is... drum roll... HANDS - FACE - SPACE The message is meant to be simple and decisive in a similar tone to the 'Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives' slogan which was used at the start of the national lockdown in March to great effect. The new slogan is said to have polled highly with testing groups for its simplicity in contrast to the far more confusing 'Stay alert, control the virus, save lives' message that is currently in use, especially now, as the infection rates are clearly spiralling out of control in some
  23. Oxford and AstraZeneca have put their trial of the leading vaccine shot candidate on hold after a participant in the trial is suspected have having what has been described as a 'serious' reaction. The development has apparently occurred during the phase 3 trials for what was looking promising to be the lead candidate out of nine which are being developed and tested in an attempt to combat the Coronavirus. It is currently unclear as to how the reaction occurred but it is believed to have led to the hospitalisation of one of the participants, although it is thought that the person will
  24. With infection rates increasing in some parts of the country, new sweeping laws are expected to be announced on Wednesday (9th September) which will see public gatherings restricted to no more than six people come into force on the following Monday (14th September). However, there will be some exceptions made for Weddings, Funerals & some organised Team Sports. Exceptions will also be made for where the gathering is for work or educational purposes. A further exception will be permitted in cases where a large household bubble exceeds the six person limit. The new laws w
  25. It is being reported this evening (8th September) that one year-3 class from Ellenbrook Community Primary in Walkden has been told to self-isolate after a positive test by a pupil attending at the school. Parents have apparently been notified that their children will have to remain at him and self-isolate for 14 days as required by law. This brings the total number of schools in Salford with reported cases and sent home year groups to 'Four' within the space of a week since most schools returned from the summer break and previous imposed national lockdown. Across Greater Manches
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