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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. Faced with the greatest global pandemic in living memory, Freemasons came together in 2020 and donated a total of £1m as well as their time to help those in need. The donations were used to help communities in various critical areas, including foodbanks, support for unpaid carers, personal protective equipment (PPE), supplies for hospitals and hospices, support for women’s refuges, and funds for NHS workers, ambulances and equipment. Freemasons also worked 18 million hours as volunteers in a range of different areas, where there was a need, including driving vulnerable people to hospital
  3. A positive covid test was reported within the school community at Friars School on Cannon Street in Salford on Wednesday and the Primary has been closed until Monday whilst a thorough deep clean takes place. Parents have been urged to have their children tested at the local pop up testing site at Broughton Hub, although it is unknown if it is a pupil or a staff member who has tested positive. The school was closed to all but Early Years, Reception and Yellow Room pupils with years 1-6 being told to stay at home. Teachers should have contacted parents with regards to home learnin
  4. The JVCI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) has opted to stick to its age related approach to the vaccine roll out with people under the age of 40 soon to be offered a jab in a bid to cut illness and deaths from the covid-19 virus. This means that Police Officers and Teachers will have to wait in line with the rest of the country in order to become eligible for their vaccinations. There have been more than 18.7million people in the UK who have already had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and PM said he aims to have reached everyone in the top nine priority groups b
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The UK Coronavirus battle is being won with every jab, at least according to the first published 'Real World' data from Scotland. As Salford's vaccine hubs and army of medical staff and community volunteers continue to vaccinate the most vulnerable within the city, good news came in the form of a study which was carried out by researchers in Scotland, who unveiled that both vaccines being used in the UK can cut hospitalisation rates by up to 95%. This is fantastic news for those who are hopeful of regaining their freedoms and some kind of normality in the coming months. Experts
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. SALFORD Royal hospital, part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), has today started to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to Greater Manchester patients, local care home staff, and NHS frontline staff today, in a first positive step towards normality for the region’s communities. The hospital is one of the first 50 designated hospital vaccine hubs across the country to lead the biggest and most complex immunisation programme in the NHS’s history. Dedicated nurse link workers will be administering the vaccine to Salford Royal patients aged 80 and over, as well as those at high ri
  15. The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) has given the approval for widsespread use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines which are now set to be rolled out across the country. The UK has secured 40 million doses of the MRNA based vaccine from its manufacturers who say that it is 95% effective at preventing infection from Covid-19. Each recipient will be given an initial dose and later a booster dose to give maximum efficiency. This makes the UK the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply, with the roll out set to start within as
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. The chief constables of five of the North Wests police forces have come together to issue a joint statement on policing of the new National Lockdown measures which come in force on Thursday if approved by Parliament later today. Alongside the leaders of Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbia forces, GMP's Ian Hopkins said that they will be moving more quickly with fixed penalty notices and taking a firmer stance on the minority of rules breakers who are deliberately flouting the rules. Police forces across the region will collectively target large parties or gatherings as well a
  19. Earlier in the week a majority of Conservative MP's voted to reject measures which would have seen help offered to struggling families over the school holiday period. Salford has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country due to having suffered some of the harshest cuts in living memory and with the pandemic seemingly growing by the day, thousands of people across the city are waking to the prospects that they may be pushed closer to the poverty line. It is a stark truth that families across Salford face a bleak future ahead and as usual those affected the most are thos
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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