One area of Stoke-on-Trent has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the whole of England.
There had been 103 Covid-19 cases in the past seven days – an increase of 77 cases, or 296 per cent, on the previous week.
It comes as Stoke-on-Trent has the ninth highest rate in England – with 356.1 cases per 100,000 population.
StokeonTrentLive has contacted Stoke-on-Trent City Council for a statement regarding the rising cases in Great Chell and Packmoor.
Ward councillor Janine Bridges says the virus is spreading between families, and supermarkets are also driving up infections.
She said: “It’s lateral transmission between families. The statistics we are getting from public health is showing lateral transmission, that’s the majority of the spread, it’s nothing to do with schools or anything else.
“It seems to be supermarkets are the general source of transmission. A lot of people are not operating the same precautions as they were in the first lockdown.”
Health campaigner Ian Syme is calling for coronavirus restrictions to be properly enforced in Great Chell and Packmoor.
The North Staffordshire Healthwatch leader said: “There’s obviously a problem in Great Chell and Packmoor.
“As we know Stoke-on-Trent is not the worst place in the country as rates are slightly declining. But Great Chell and Packmoor being the worst place in the country is not the championship you want to win.
“At this moment in time, the NHS has 30 times more Covid patients than it had in September. This is not going away – even with a vaccine. We need to follow the advice of public health experts.
“And with regards to Great Chell and Packmoor, I don’t know how they are going to enforce Covid regulations but they clearly need to, as they are obviously not being followed.
“I’m concerned that a relaxing of the regulations over the Christmas period will only lead to more pressures on the NHS in Stoke-on-Trent – it does not bode well.”
The Public Health England data reveals only three areas of England have a coronavirus infection rate in excess of 1,000. The other two are both in Kent – Sheppey East and Chatham South West.
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