05 Oct Which sectors are linked to the highest infection rates of coronavirus?
Since lockdown restrictions were lifted in July, there has been a rise in coronavirus cases. From university students to pubs and bars; ideas have been circulating around who is to blame for the rise in coronavirus cases as we move closer to a second wave. But what is actually causing the spike in coronavirus cases?
When the first wave of coronavirus cases rippled across the UK, hospital cases of coronavirus was significantly higher than they are this second time around. But it is felt the context of coronavirus cases has now somewhat changed. Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the Scottish National Party, stated during the first wave of coronavirus cases there was a considerably low amount of people being tested, and those being tested were in the hospital.
Now with the NHS COVID-19 app and running, and testing widely more available, data is being collected to help understand what is causing the rise in cases. Initially, the rise in cases was associated with care homes, but recent stats are suggesting the rise in outbreaks is heavily linked to education, despite the governments 10 pm curfew to help tackle the rise in cases within the hospitality sector.
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Since children have returned back to school, coronavirus within schools has rocketed. The increase in figures has also coincided with university students going back to university, with 41.7% of recorded outbreaks of coronavirus being in schools and colleges.
Between the 14th and 20th of September, only 22 of 532 outbreaks of acute respiratory infections were reported in food outlets in England, with only seventeen confirmed to Covid-19. These statistics show that there has only been a small amount of COVID-19 cases linked to pubs and restaurants. Raising the question of whether the government is targeting the right sectors to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
In an attempt to lower cases, the government has put restrictions on hospitality venues. These new restrictions have meant pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes within England can no longer play music which is louder than 85 decibels. And managers within these venues have to take the responsibility to prevent people from dancing and singing.
Since the government introduced the 10pm curfew, there has been an influx in people mixing outside closing hours. But parliament has brought no reflection on adapting the rules or showed no indication the current rules could be contributing to problems outside regulated venues.
The Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, feels the curfew is doing more harm than good. Social media videos and reports have shown people piling into shops after the curfew ends to purchase alcohol, with large gatherings taking place on the streets.
Although the stats are not showing hospitality to be contributing significantly to the rise in coronavirus cases, these restrictions placed on hospitality venues are felt to be causing an increase in gatherings, especially in people’s homes after the 10 pm curfew.
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