Coronavirus: ‘Rule-breaking Bolton pub crawl’ noticed circumstances rise

Covid spike sparks call for continued restrictions


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picture captionBolton is at the moment topic to tighter restrictions

A returning holidaymaker who didn’t self-isolate was partly chargeable for Bolton’s “extreme spike” in coronavirus circumstances, the city’s council chief mentioned.

David Greenhalgh mentioned the person “went on a pub crawl with a number of mates” when he obtained residence and examined optimistic for the virus a number of days later.

He mentioned the city’s excessive fee had been linked again to pubs and a “cohort of people” who refused to comply with steering.

Bolton is at the moment topic to tighter restrictions to halt the rise.

Mr Greenhalgh instructed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the spike “took us by surprise as we were arguing to have a further easing of restrictions at the time”.

He mentioned: “We had an extreme spike where we went from 12 cases per 100,000 and in less than three weeks we were up at 212 cases.”

‘Holding again the tide’

The rise led Bolton to have the

highest rates of Covid-19 in the country.

“We had somebody who did not adhere to quarantine, did not stay the 14 days, literally went on a pub crawl with a number of mates,” Mr Greenhalgh mentioned.

“From that incident which took place over a weekend – (they) visited a number of premises – led to a large number of individual transmissions from that one person which you can imagine then is like holding back the tide because he then became symptomatic two days after they had all gone on this pub crawl.

“That is 4 or 5 days the place all of the individuals he was in touch with have been going about their regular day-to-day enterprise.”

Bolton is now topic to tougher measures than most of England, with hospitality venues only allowed to operate as takeaways and ordered to shut by 22:00.
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