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Covid hotspot Bolton will keep two- vistor limit on care homes

In the Covid hotspot, there are a lot of care homes. Due to an increase in cases of the Indian variant, Bolton has been told to postpone plans to allow more visitors next week.

Despite the fact that the measure is set to be repealed nationally on Monday, schools in the Greater Manchester borough are advising students and staff to continue wearing masks in the classroom next week.

From May 17, care home residents will be permitted five named visitors instead of the two currently allowed, according to Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.

However, after the local infection rate more than doubled in the last week, councillors and public health leaders in Bolton have taken matters into their own hands.

In the seven days leading up to May 9, the Manchester town saw the biggest increase in infections in the country, according to PHE figures, with cases jumping from 85.2 per 100,000 to 187.8.

According to data from Public Health England, the Indian strain now accounts for 25% of cases in the North West.

Local councilors have written to all of the area’s care homes, requesting that they not follow England’s roadmap. For the time being, schools have been told to keep mandatory masks in place.

Ministers have so far resisted calls to sluggish the road map in any way, claiming that the current vaccine is capable of handling the situation.

They believe it is much more infectious than the highly virulent Kent strain that currently dominates the UK. Vaccines, on the other hand, are expected to work just as well against it.

Professor Nick Loman, a PHE Covid variant expert, said evidence showed the mutant strain’s impact on vaccine-induced immunity would be ‘not particularly concerning.’

The council had written to its care homes, according to Bolton councillor Andy Morgan, who also runs a care home, asking them not to abide by the roadmap.

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