‘Scared to leave the house’ – life in the region where 1 in 11 people have had Covid

People who live and work in Manchester say the damage caused by the virus is still having a huge impact (Image: Joel Goodman)

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Some people living in Greater Manchester, one of the worst his areas, are too "scared to leave the house" for fear of contracting coronavirus.

One in 19 people in Oldham have had the virus, with areas including Alexandra Park and Werneth the worst hit, reports Manchester Evening News.

While Alexandra Park and Glodwick have been a Covid-19 hotspots for months with one in 11 people infected since the start of the pandemic.

And the normally busy shopping areas are noticeably quiet.

Ibrahim Aziz, who works at a laundrette-come-grocery store said: "It’s just not as busy as it used to be along here. It’s been really quiet since coronavirus."

The second lockdown has made more of an impact, says Fazl Davoodi, who manages the Worldwide Food Store
(Image: Joel Goodman)

The rate of infection in this area has started to fall in the last two weeks – with the latest Public Health data showing an infection rate of 414.1 per 100,000 people in the week leading up to November 14.

Yet people who live and work in Manchester say the damage caused by the virus is still having a huge impact on the community.

Fazl Davoodi, who manages the Worldwide Food Store has noticed that the second lockdown has had more of an impact on business.

He said: “The first lockdown we were very busy but this time it’s been quiet. People have no money because they’re not working.

People are reluctant to go out, it's claimed
(Image: Joel Goodman)

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"A lot of people have told me that they’ve lost their jobs due to factories closing down or work drying up.

“People are spending less. Usually we’d sell a lot more fruit and drinks but people are sticking to the essentials like milk and bread.

"A lot of customers have had it and I know about three or four of them have died from it. It’s a very sad time.”

Alexandra Park and Glodwick have been a Covid-19 hotspots with one in 11 people infected
(Image: Joel Goodman)

While another shop owner, Kammy Malik, who runs a tech shop called GMC said: “We have had to adapt. This virus has completely altered people’s mindset and habits.

"I've had to start doing deliveries because people have become too scared to leave the house.

“There’s a lovely lady who I’ve known for 14 years who is so scared she doesn’t watch the news anymore.

Despite the Covid-19 John Parking is still getting out
(Image: Joel Goodman)

“Her husband says she’s too scared to go in the garden because of the virus. It’s shocking."

Meanwhile, pensioner John Parkin, 78, says nothing is going to stop him from going out not even living in an area with a high infection rate.

John said: “I’m single and I live alone. If I sat inside all week staring at four walls I’d go doo-lally.

“If you keep yourself two metres away from other people and wear a mask, I find it okay.”

Although the second lockdown has altered how John spend his time and limited some of the things he likes to do.

“I like to get the bus into Manchester or Middleton for my shopping. I’ve carried on doing that all the way through

“Of course some things you can’t do. Usually I like to go to McDonald’s for a cup of tea and a burger, and I can’t do that anymore.

"But I still go out and get the bus. It’s a shame some people don’t wear masks though. I think the police should have cracked down on that from the start.”

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