Travelers in the midst of a Covid-19 outbreak in Shropshire say they have been ‘treated like animals’
Travelers at the center of a Shropshire coronavirus outbreak say they have been ‘treated as animals’.
But locals claim that some members of the group, who live in a caravan park in the town of Craven Arms, don’t isolate themselves.
Twenty-three cases of coronavirus have been identified on the site, and health officials have warned that the number will only increase.
One traveler said the first cases in the group were noticed after another group of Welsh travelers visited for an engagement party.
The traveler who spoke The Guardian, also admitted that he had followed the council’s order to travelers to remain on the spot.
Travelers at the center of a coronavirus outbreak in Craven Arms, Shropshire claim they have been ‘treated as animals’
He revealed that he went to the city center yesterday, but that the service was refused by a shopkeeper.
He told the Guardian, “They treat us like animals. Would they close a residential area if there were a few cases like this?
“We are treated differently.”
It is thought that up to 100 travelers went to the caravan site for the engagement party, causing the locals to fear for their health.
A resident said, “The young woman who was engaged was from Craven Arms, and I think her fiance is from the Welshpool clan.”
The Craven Arms site (photo) has 23 confirmed coronavirus cases and health officials have warned that the number will continue to increase
A test center has now been set up in the nearby Craven Arms Business Park. A playground close to the caravan park (photo) is also closed to reduce social contact and the risk of handover
OLDHAM introduces tighter COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
Oldham became the last place today to introduce stricter coronavirus restrictions after a 240 percent increase in cases over the past week.
Official NHS statistics show that 119 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the city of Greater Manchester in the week to July 25.
This amounts to a rate of 50.5 cases per 100,000 people – the third highest rate in the country, behind only Blackburn with Darwen and Leicester.
Council officials have now urged all 235,000 residents of the congregation not to let visitors in for at least two weeks.
They want to “prevent a strict local closure” like the one in Leicester, which has not yet been freed from the draconian restrictions.
It puts Oldham at odds with the rest of England, after the lockdown rules were relaxed earlier this month to allow people to stay overnight with loved ones.
Everyone who lives in the Greater Manchester neighborhood has also been asked to stay two feet away from friends and family when they see them outside.
Current government advice for the rest of the country recommends a one meter plus rule, but people should keep two meters apart whenever possible.
It is believed that about six people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 at the other Leighton Arches caravan site in Welshpool.
Carol Streatfield, a 68-year-old volunteer at a charity shop in the market town, told The Guardian, “I’m mad.
“They’ve been crazy when they had a party. I have nothing against them, but it would be a shame if the whole city was hit. ‘
The number of positive cases rose by two last night and Philip Dunne, MP for the local constituency of Ludlow, said it was “worrying”.
He added: “What is encouraging for the population as a whole is that it is a standalone caravan site.
“So the residents are fully cooperating with the Shropshire Council, so it is hoped that this will not spread to the wider population.”
County Health Director Rachel Robinson said outbreaks of Covid-19 were “not uncommon” when the coronavirus crisis subsided.
“We expect to see cases in the community at this stage of a pandemic and see outbreaks,” she said.
She added that while the risk to the general public is “low,” everyone should continue to follow government guidelines.
A test center has now been set up on a nearby business park and a test has been offered to everyone who lives on the site.
The center will be open between 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM for the next two weeks, and those who live nearby can book a test online through NHS Test and Trace or by calling 119.
A playground close to the caravan park is also closed to help reduce social contact and the risk of handover.
It follows official figures that suggest cases of the coronavirus emerge.
It is estimated that around 1,000 people in England contract the disease every day, compared to last week.
Data from the Office for National Statistics based on population studies predicts that the number of daily infections rose from 1,700 to 2,800 in seven days, to a total of 22,400 new cases per week.
The 21 people who tested positive for coronavirus at the caravan site were asked to isolate themselves for at least seven days from when they started showing symptoms or from when they received their positive test result.
Everyone on the site has been told to isolate themselves for 14 days if they have been in contact with a positive cause.
Shropshire Council said staff had been on site to provide residents with information on how to prevent the spread of the virus, its symptoms and what to do if they feel unwell.
It said it had distributed personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, cleaning products and other supplies to residents.
A playground and outdoor gym on nearby Newington Way is temporarily closed to curb transfer.
The council said it had arranged for the delivery of essential supplies, such as medicines, to residents, and the group that lives there has worked with health professionals.
Councilor David Evans said, “Our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our neighbors.
“I’ve been to Craven Arms to talk to residents and businesses to answer questions and reassure them that the risk to the general public is low.”
He added, “I would like to thank community members for their own continued support and cooperation.
“We continue to trust that everyone at the site plays a role and we want to encourage residents to continue to isolate themselves and take all necessary precautions.
“Only in this way can we help stop the spread of the virus.”
Officials will monitor travelers’ symptoms on a daily basis, and PPE equipment, hand sanitizers and cleaning products will also be distributed on site.