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Oldham introduces strict coronavirus restrictions after ‘dramatic’ spike in cases

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Oldham has introduced strict new coronavirus restrictions as the area has seen a ‘dramatic’ rise in cases.

The Greater Manchester borough has brought in a range of measures to combat the spread, and residents have been asked to not have any social visitors at home, and to stay two metres apart from friends and family when out and about.

As well as that, people who are shielding have been asked to continue doing so until August 14th, the BBC reports.

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Oldham Council’s deputy leader councillor, Arooj Shah, has said that the new measures are essential in order to prevent a ‘strict local lockdown’ like the one in Leicester.

She added: “The best way to avoid infection is to limit contact with others as much as possible and to stay home wherever you can, including working from home”.

The council added that the new restrictions were brought in ‘after the number of cases of coronavirus in the borough increased dramatically over the last week’.

New data has revealed the spike in cases, with 114 cases recorded so far in the week up to July 24th, which is the equivalent of more than 48 per 100,000 of the population – more than four times as many as the week before.

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According to Oldham Council, a ‘significant proportion’ of the cases recorded recently came from people within the same household.

They added that this shows spread within a household is a ‘real issue’, with Katrina Stephens, the director of Public Health for Oldham, asking residents to ‘do our bit and stick to the restrictions’.

She added: “We can help stop the spread of coronavirus, and protect ourselves and our loved ones”.

Oldham isn’t the only area in the North West to introduce new measures to help ease a coronavirus spike, with Rochdale, Blackburn and Pendle doing the same.

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Woolworths returning to British highstreet next year

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Woolworths is making a comeback to the high street next year.

The chain posted on Twitter to explain that three new trial stores will be opened late next year. They wrote: “Here to save 2020! Woolworths is coming back to your high street, as a physical store!

“A couple of legal things to get sorted, but we’re full steam ahead at Woolworths HQ.

“We want to get this right, so we need your help. What do you want at your UK #YourWoolworths?”

They went onto explain that they want fans to tell them exactly what they want from their local Woolies to make sure they get the reopen right.

They added: “Throughout this week, we’ll have announcements and chances to win gift cards for Woolworths and gift cards for other retailers on your high street. Welcome back to Woolworths!”

In response one person wrote: “Apart from pick ‘n’ mix and the top 40 singles, cheap but good quality homeware like saucepans and picture frames and doormats and pillows. And sewing thread and needles. And shoe polish. And seeds and compost and plant pots. Everything Just what it was before, that’s all.”

Another said “I want pick n mix and lots of gift items”.

Another person added: “It’s got to be kid friendly. Easy access, wide aisles and full of stuff kids love. Comics, books, stationary, pic ‘n’ mix etc. Don’t try and stock a little bit of everything… Decide your market and stick to just that.”

Who’s excited??? 

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Scooters are now available in Salford for public use

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Salford City Council and the University of Salford are said to be thrilled to be trialling the new project.

The Department for Transport has opened the doors for cities, including Salford, to trial new schemes for renting e-scooters.

Previously banned in the UK, the introduction of e-scooters is to discourage workers from using their cars in cities.

Lime, the company behind the e-scooter trial, is a US-based company that currently already operates in London, Milton Keynes, Europe and of course the USA.

With great success in other cities, we can’t wait to see the scooters take off in Salford.

Costing £1 to unlock then an additional 15p per minute whilst you’re out and about. Each scooter is also fitted with an alarm which will activate if someone tried to move it without unlocking.

It’s important you remember to obey traffic laws, to ride safely in the bike lane or street and to wear a helmet.

Will you be trialing the new scooters? Let us know! 

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Manchester United set to deliver 5,000 free meals for local kids over half-term

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Manchester United have announced they will be delivering 5,000 free meals to children over half-term.

Food provided by charity FareShare will be processed and packaged into individual meals at Old Trafford by United staff this week.

It will then be shipped out to local Manchester United Foundation partner schools. 

The six schools involved include Waterhead Academy, Dean Trust Rose Bridge, The East Manchester Academy, Manchester Enterprise Academy, Manchester Academy, Stretford High School. Other charities will also receive some of the meals as part of the scheme.

It comes as United Striker, Marcus Rashford, campaigned to extend free meal provision until Easter 2021. MP’s voted against the action last week but are now facing a lot of pressure to reverse their decision. 

A statement from the club reads: “Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more families are dealing with food poverty,”

“The impact of the virus has exacerbated an existing problem and, with unemployment rising and the economic crisis biting hard, many are struggling with reduced income.

“As a result, many families and children simply do not have enough food and are going hungry. This initiative does not solve the issue locally, but will make a significant difference to the lives of hundreds of families across Greater Manchester.”

John Shiels, the chief executive of the Manchester United Foundation, added: “We’re incredibly proud and humbled to be working with FareShare over October half-term.

“This initiative will go a long way to ensuring that pupils from our partner schools and families using local food-banks have fresh meals to eat, during what we know is a difficult time for many.

“We’ve seen first-hand how children from socially challenged backgrounds can be even more vulnerable when they’re not in school, it’s therefore imperative to be present in their lives throughout the school holidays, showing that we care and the Foundation is always here to support.”

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