Experts fear that Sefton could be next in line for new Covid anti-Indian ‘Delta’ measures.
An expert has warned that Sefton could be next in line for stricter measures to battle the Indian variety.
More surge testing and tougher travel warnings could be on the way in a number of regions, according to Professor David Livermore, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia.
Despite the recent abandonment of surge testing in Sefton, the number of cases has began to grow fast again, with the new variation – now known as Delta – accounting for around a fifth of new cases.
Professor Livermore identified three other areas that he thought were “most likely” to join them, according to the Daily Mirror. There are already 28 local authorities in the country where the rising prevalence of Delta has resulted in more testing and stricter travel guidance, and Professor Livermore identified three other areas that he thought were “most likely” to join them.
“I’m hesitant to predict what the government would do,” Professor Livermore added, “but they are most likely to explore such techniques in locations where the Indian variation is most abundant and its incidence in the population is also high.”
According to the most recent NHS data, Sefton has had around 200 occurrences of the Delta variation since it was originally discovered.
Many of them, though, would have been discovered last month, when the borough had a modest, isolated surge in cases.
More testing was implemented at the time to fight the spike, but unlike other regions of Manchester and Lancashire, the borough was not subject to new recommendations prohibiting travel into and out of the area.
Cases dropped after the surge testing, but they’ve started to rise again since the reopening of indoor pubs and restaurants on May 17.
Since May 17, there has been an increase in cases across the Liverpool City Region, but Sefton remains the borough with the highest incidence of the new variety.
Despite the increase in instances, Professor Livermore claimed that because of the successful immunization program, hospitals were considerably less likely to be overcrowded than in prior waves.
Around three-quarters of people in Sefton have had at least one. The summary comes to a close.