Written by Jane Lythgoe on 12 January 2021
58 Fixed Penalty Notices were dished out this weekend by Cheshire police as a result of people breaking Coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The force says most of these reports were related to parties and gatherings. In Crewe, officers issued three penalty notices after a BBQ was held at a property while a number of vehicles were also stopped carrying multiple occupants who weren’t from the same household. Police say they’ll continue cracking down on those who flout the rules.
People in Staffordshire are being urged to have regular Covid-19 tests, even if they don’t have symptoms. The County Council now plans to roll out testing hubs in each of the eight district and borough areas as part of the testing blitz to help tackle soaring Covid cases. With cases now hitting a record seven-day rate of 500 per 100,000 population, the move aims to tackle the “silent spreaders”, people who carry the virus but have no symptoms.
Meanwhile the top health boss in Stoke-on-Trent says cases of Coronavirus are widespread in Hanley, Longton, Tunstall and Trent Vale. Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, says the hike in infection rates across the city is quite alarming and that all areas of frontline NHS services remain under significant pressure. He says he can’t stress how critical it is that we all do the right thing in following the restrictions, protect the NHS and protect ourselves and our loved ones.