Woman from Bolton claims the Indian variant has left her ‘too worried’ to leave her home – while stood in the TOWN CENTRE
- The unnamed interviewee was on GMB as they discussed Indian Covid variant
- The woman, who had pink hair, told the journalist: ‘I won’t even leave the house’
- Social media users shared the clip online as they poked fun at her clear blunder
- Matt Hancock was warned there could be ‘unrest’ in Bolton under new lockdown
A woman said the Indian Covid variant had left her too scared to leave her house – as she stood in the middle of a town centre.
The unnamed interviewee was on Good Morning Britain as they discussed the strain ripping across Bolton.
The woman, who had pink hair and stood by a lady with blue hair on the main road, told the journalist: ‘I won’t even leave the house.’
Social media users shared the clip thousands of times as they poked fun at her blunder.
It emerged as Matt Hancock was warned there could be ‘unrest’ in Bolton if the Government brings in local lockdowns to contain the Indian variant.
Conservative leader at Bolton Council David Greenhalgh told the Health Secretary there would be a ‘danger’ of turmoil if they imposed restrictions on the area.
Social media users widely shared the clip of the woman from Bolton today as they joked about her ‘massive living room and garden’.
One person guessed she was actually at home all along and just stood in front of a green screen, adding: ‘These Zoom backgrounds are amazingly realistic’.
Meanwhile another asked if she was walking to or from work or picking up shopping or other essential items.
Mr Hancock was warned there could be ‘unrest’ in Bolton if the Government brings in local lockdowns to contain the Indian variant.
Mr Greenhalgh told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We’ve been there before and they don’t work – not in a dense conurbation like Greater Manchester.
‘This happened before, the spread increased because people travelled 50 yards across the county boundary to access hospitality that they can’t in their own area.’
People queue for vaccinations against coronavirus at the ESSA academy in Bolton yesterday
Asked if he had told Mr Hancock there would be civil unrest, he said: ‘I do think there is a danger of unrest.
‘There is a great deal of resentment. Bolton was… we were disproportionately affected really since July last year.
‘Even when our rates were coming down, we still remained in lockdown when other areas’ rates were higher than ours, so there was a build up of resentment.
‘The people of Bolton have a great spirit and they come together when times are difficult.
‘But this would be a very, very difficult situation to manage I believe – if we went into a lockdown that we have personal experience of as a town, which did not work.’
People living in Bolton, Lancashire, enjoy the government’s newly relaxed restrictions as they eat inside cafe’s, drink in pubs and enter casinos
Mr Greenhalgh said there was no sign yet that cases were coming under control in Bolton, adding that ‘our cases are still rising’.
He continued: ‘I think that was, to be honest, expected. We are putting all the measures in that we can at the moment.
‘We have community spread, there’s no doubt about that, and we’re holding back a variant that would appear – although the evidence is still being gathered – to be a little bit more transmissible, easily transmissible.
‘The majority of our cases are in very much our younger age groups – primary school, secondary school and in their 20s.
‘We still haven’t got an increase in hospitalisation and severe illness, which is hugely welcome, those figures still remain low.
A sign stands on the pavement next to the Quebec Hall rapid response mass vaccination centre yesterday in Bolton
‘We’re doing everything we can. The Government has sent in surge vaccinations, surge testing… We’re doing everything we can, but I think the next two weeks we will still see our cases rising.’
Figures for the seven days to May 14 show that Bolton continues to have the highest rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 people in England.
It had 867 new cases in the seven days – the equivalent of 301.5 cases per 100,000 people. This is up from 150.2 in the seven days to May 7.
Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire had the second highest rate, up from 86.2 to 131.6, with 197 new cases.
Bedford had the third highest, up from 64.6 to 128.1, with 222 new cases. Bolton had the biggest week-on-week rise of any area in England, up from 150.2 to 301.5.
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