Greater Manchester’s latest Covid hotspots – and places where it is plummeting

The level of Covid-19 infections continues to fall across Greater Manchester neighbourhoods, with some areas seeing fewer than ten cases.

A total of 11,522 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on February 9.

In the region as a whole, the infection rate is now 406.3 cases per 100,000 population, which is significantly lower than the England average rate of 665.4.

READ MORE: Coronavirus infection rates remain below national average in all ten Greater Manchester boroughs

Meanwhile deaths of people with Covid-19 have fallen by 30pc week on week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make a statement on February 21 setting out the strategy of how the UK will live with coronavirus going forward.

It is expected that he will announce that there will no longer be a legal duty to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus from the end of the month.

According to the latest local data, the top ten local infection hotspots for the virus are spread across Bolton, Stockport, Tameside, Manchester, Trafford and Bury.

However each area is seeing much lower infection rates than in the first weeks after the Christmas period, where they exceeded more than 3,000 per 100,000 residents.

Coronavirus ‘hotspots’ and ‘notspots’ can be revealed via an interactive map charting the number of positive Covid-19 test results in each neighborhood across the country using government data.

It shows the number of infections per local area, broken down into neighborhoods containing roughly 7,000 people.

The number of new cases is then used to calculate the infection rate per 100,000 people.


In the week to February 8 the latest hyperlocal data shows the biggest hotspot was Highfield and New Bury in Bolton.

It recorded an infection rate of 868.6, with 74 new incidences of the virus, a slight rise of four cases.

In second place is Bramhall West, in Stockport, where there were 50 cases and the rate was 857.6.

The Tameside neighborhood of Hattersley follows with a rate of 833.5, and 59 cases of Covid-19 being recorded.

This was a reduction of 30 cases from the week before.

Withington West, in Manchester, is in fourth place with 53 new cases and a local infection rate of 797.6 per 100,000 people.

Next is Denton West in Tameside, where the 39 weekly cases led to a rate of 795.6.

Elton Vale in Bury is in sixth place with 55 new cases of Covid-19, totaling an infection rate of 776.2.

Woodbank Park in Stockport had a rate of 765.8 in the week to February 8, with 44 people testing positive for coronavirus.

In eighth place is the Bolton neighborhood of Horwich South and Middlebrook, where 60 cases of the virus were recorded.

This works out as a local infection rate of 758.5 ​​per 100,000 people.

Burnden and Great Lever, also in Bolton is next with 67 cases, equaling a rate of 734.2.

Finally Hale, in Trafford, is in tenth place with 61 cases and a local infection rate of 721.6.


At the other end of the scale, the Salford neighborhood of Pendleton has the lowest infection rate in the region, standing at just 90 per 100,000 people, with only six new cases.

This was a drop of 30 cases from the previous seven day period.

It is followed by Royton South West, in Oldham, with ten cases and a rate of 165.9.

In third place is the Oldham neighborhood of Failsworth South, where nine people tested positive in the week to February 8.

This equals a rate of 171.8 per 100,000 people.

Rumworth North in Bolton is next with 16 new cases and a rate of 181.6.

In fifth place is New Delph, Dobcross and Austerlands in Oldham.

The 12 cases recorded there converted to an infection rate of 187.7.

Wardleworth and Newbold Brow in Rochdale follows with a rate of 198.1 and 20 new cases of Covid-19.

This was a drop of 29 cases from the previous week.

Failsworth East in Oldham, is in seventh place with a local rate of 208.5, and 16 cases recorded in the week to February 8.

Over Hulton in Bolton also makes it into the top ten areas with the lowest infection rates with a rate of 213.9 and 13 new cases.

Walmersley and Limefield, in Bury, is in ninth place with 17 incidences of the virus, resulting in an infection rate of 215.4.

Finally Bredbury in Stockport is in tenth place with a rate of 219.1 from 16 new cases – a big drop of 48 from the week before.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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