TAMESIDE residents are being urged to keep following safety measures after Covid rates more than doubled in the borough over the last seven days.
The current transmission rate in Tameside is 64.5 per 100,000 of the population whereas last week it was just 23.4.
The climbing rates, which are also going up across Greater Manchester, reflect the increased risk of catching Covid in local communities and serve as a warning that people still need to follow the rules, minimise mixing and be scrupulous about washing hands, wearing face coverings, socially distancing and letting in fresh air.
Councillor Brenda Warrington, Tameside Council executive leader, said: “There may be a mood of people starting to feel safer and relax but the reality of the situation and the risk we each are facing is quite the opposite.
“Rates across Greater Manchester are quickly climbing and so the chances of catching Covid, or at the very least becoming a close contact and having to self-isolate, are going up.
“I urge people to keep up their good work in following safety measures and do what they can to minimise mixing and contacts.
“Socialise responsibly outdoors, work from home where you can, keep getting tested and take up your opportunity for first and second vaccinations when invited.
“I can’t emphasis the point of getting vaccinated, when invited, enough. We are seeing new Covid cases drop in vaccinated age ranges and we know that having both vaccinations gives you much better protection from the covid variants, which are becoming dominant.
“However it is important that everyone, whether vaccinated or not, gets regularly tested and sticks to safety measures to help protect themselves and everyone they come into contact with, including their loved ones.”
Tameside Council compliance teams carried out 533 covid secure visits and checks over the past week to help support businesses and community in keeping covid safe. Compliance is generally good and where there are issues, these are being quickly followed up and resolved.
The teams have noticed however an increase in people not wearing face coverings and have been handing out masks at businesses as well as transport hubs to help reiterate the importance of wearing face coverings to help reduce transmission.
For details on testing – both regular rapid testing (which is available for everyone) for people without symptoms and PCR tests for people with symptoms – see Coronavirus Testing (tameside.gov.uk)