Coronavirus infection rates have gone up in four boroughs of Greater Manchester – Manchester, Tameside, Salford and Rochdale, latest figures show. The weekly rates have fallen in five boroughs and stayed level in only Stockport, according to the data.
Trafford continues to have the highest coronavirus infection rate in Greater Manchester. The borough recorded a rate of 102.7 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending May 9, the latest available data from the UK Health Security Agency.
The lowest infection rate is in Oldham, where the rate is 64.4 cases per 100,000 people. In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 93.1 cases per 100,000 population. That’s lower than the national average, which is 105.5 cases per 100,000 people.
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A total of 2,640 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on May 9. The Greater Manchester weekly total has increased by eight cases compared to the previous week. The infection rate is lower than the national average in all ten local authorities in Greater Manchester.
There were 297 positive tests over the last week in Stockport, which is one more than in the previous week. The latest infection rate there is 101.0 cases per 100,000 people.
In Bolton, the number of cases is down by three per cent compared to the previous week – leaving the infection rate at 90.2 cases per 100,000 of the population. There were 260 positive Covid-19 tests in Bolton in the week ending May 9, eight fewer than the previous seven days.
In Trafford, there were 244 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending May 9, a drop of 14. Trafford has the highest infection rate in the region. The infection rate in Trafford is down slightly compared with the previous day and the week-on-week trend is down by five per cent.
In Wigan, the latest infection rate is 97.4 cases per 100,000 people and the number of cases has gone down by 18 per cent. A total of 322 people tested positive for Covid in Wigan over the seven days ending on May 9, which is 72 fewer than the week before.
Rochdale is an area where the trend is up. The latest infection rate here is 86.3 cases per 100,000 people. There were 193 cases recorded in Rochdale, which is 17 more than the previous week – a rise of ten per cent. Salford saw a total of 246 cases in the week ending May 9, which is seven more than the previous week. That is a rise of three per cent. In Salford, the most recent coronavirus infection rate is now 93.6 cases per 100,000 people.
The trend is up in Tameside, where there were 217 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending May 9, which is 17 more than the previous seven days. That is up by nine per cent compared to the previous week. The latest infection rate in Tameside is 95.5 cases per 100,000 people, which is lower than the national average.
There was a fall of one per cent in cases in Bury over the week ending May 9, and the infection rate is now 92.3 cases per 100,000 population. Bury recorded 176 positive Covid-19 tests over the seven-day period – one fewer than the previous week.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.