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Bolton has highest Covid infections due to Indian variant

By philtaylorphoto  
13 May 2021. Bolton, Lancashire, UK. Overall, Bolton's infection rate has doubled over the last week, sitting at 192.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending May 13. The sudden surge means that Bolton neighbourhoods account for six out of the 10 regions nationally with the highest infection rates. The infedtion is at its highest in the BL3 postcode area including Deane, Daubhill and Derby wards.. Local public health officials are rolling out surge testing, and are hoping for a mass vaccination programme

BL3 also had a very low vaccination rates 2 weeks ago...

Hand held BTW!

Tags: Photo journalism Bolton Coronavirus Covid 19 Indian Variant highest rate

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philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
15 May 2021 7:56AM
A tricky one to cover. It would be easy to point the finger at one community, bit there are more than culture or religion at play here. A higher percentage of young people in the demographic who are not vaccinated, crowded housing, poverty, working patterns.

Ideally I would have gone for a long exposure with light trails on this using a tripod. My evening had started out photographing signs asking people to get tested at twilight, and ended in the dark.

It's been a busy week, as it's my home town.. pretty much every national paper has taken stuff, but it's not been the most creative images.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
15 May 2021 8:42AM
Oils the wheels? Why did we not close the borders earlier? Why didn't the local health squad notice the trends earlier? Lots of whys?

Keep safe 😁
philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
15 May 2021 9:09AM
It was being noticed over a week ago. The first round of pictures was in a few Sundays online only last weekend. It's a poor Northern town far from London though.

Now, let's say it started to spread following a large horse racing event or people returning from skiing holidays?

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