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COVID-19: No Easy Answers For Bolton Exit From Lockdown After Rise In Cases Caused By Indian Variant | UK News

Everyone just wants it to be over – but in Bolton it’s all over again.

There is a soaring coronavirus case and a frantic effort to hang on to all the good work that has been done.

The vaccination rollout is already accelerating – people can just show up for a shot at the Bolton mobile vaccination bus.

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Alex Kirkman (pictured) said his "imperative" vaccinate everyone
Alex Kirkman said it was ‘imperative’ to get everyone vaccinated

In the long queue that formed this morning, resident Mohammed Hussain told Sky News: “It’s the Indian variant right now and you just don’t want everything to shut down again.

“The government should have kept the borders even tighter, but it’s here now, so we just have to try to fix it.”

Alex Kirkman was also waiting for his first shot: “I’m desperate to get this vaccine – the sooner we all get it, the better.

“Let’s open things up, but it’s imperative that we all get this (vaccine).”

Sky News analysis shows that in the two weeks leading up to May 4, Bolton had the second highest infection rate in the country at 158.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said one of the main reasons for the spike is import Indian variant of the virus which is highly transmissible.

The idea of ​​supercharging the city’s vaccination effort is under discussion – Mr Burnham would like everyone over 16 to be offered a shot.

So far, the government and local health officials say they are focusing on improved testing, the current vaccination schedule, and continue to encourage people to follow the rules.

Mohammed Hussain (pictured) said that "the government should have kept the borders even tighter"
Mohammed Hussain said ‘the government should have kept the borders even tighter’

Youth community leader Saeed Atcha told Sky News he was concerned that the Muslim celebration of Eid might inspire more people to come together inside and break the rules: “I would say that there are many …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-12 16:41:00