Coronavirus infection rates rise in every borough of Greater Manchester as two areas become UK hotspots

By Sophie Halle-Richards

Coronavirus infection rates have risen in every borough of Greater Manchester.

It comes as two areas in the region recorded some of the highest Covid-19 case numbers in the country.

Wigan, which has the highest infection rate across the conurbation, is eleventh on the list of places in the country with the highest proportion of cases.

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The borough recorded a rate of 2,657 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending January 4, according to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency.

Salford is also among the top 20 areas in England for coronavirus infection rates.

The infection rate in the borough is up by 26 per cent week-on-week and stood at 2,564.6 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days ending January 4.

Manchester has the lowest rate of infection, with 2,010.5 cases per 100,000 of the population.

In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 2,331.6 cases per 100,000 population, which is higher than the national average of 1886.9 per 100,000 people.

A total of 66,116 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on January 4.

The latest coronavirus infection rates (MEN Media)

Hospita l admissions

In the week ending January 2, a total of 1,131 patients were admitted to Greater Manchester NHS hospitals with Covid-19.

That is 631 more than the week before, a rise of 126%.

On Tuesday January 4, there were 45 Mechanical Ventilation (MV) beds occupied by Covid patients in Greater Manchester NHS hospitals.

That is six more than a week earlier.

Deaths

In the week ending January 4, a total of 67 people died within 28 days of a positive Covid test across Greater Manchester, which is 17 more than the week before.

Rates in every borough

Trafford

Trafford is an area where the trend is up. The latest infection rate here is 2,161.8 cases per 100,000 people.

There were 5,136 cases recorded in Trafford, which is 606 more than the previous week - a rise of 13 per cent.

Stockport

Stockport recorded 7,078 coronavirus cases, which is 1,116 more than in the previous seven days.

The latest infection rate in Stockport is 2,405.9 cases per 100,000 people and that is up 19 per cent week-on-week.

Manchester

Manchester, which has the lowest infection rate in the region, recorded 1,1173 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending January 4, which is 1,149 more than the previous seven days.

The coronavirus infection rate in Manchester is now 2,010.5 cases per 100,000 people and is up by 11 per cent week-on-week.

Tameside

In Tameside, the latest infection rate is 2,494.8 cases per 100,000 people and the number of cases has gone up by 30 per cent.

A total of 5,666 people tested positive for Covid in Tameside over the seven days ending on January 4, which is 1,307 more than the week before.

Bolton

In Bolton, the number of cases is up by 50 per cent compared to the previous week - leaving the infection rate at 2,220.0 cases per 100,000 population.

There were 6,399 positive Covid-19 tests in Bolton in the week ending January 4, which was 2,144 more than the previous 7 days.

Salford

There were 6,737 positive tests over the last week in Salford, which is 1,409 more than in the previous week.

The week-on-week trend in Salford is up by 26 per cent and the latest infection rate is 2,564.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Wigan

In Wigan, there were 8,788 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending January 4, which is 2,403 more than the previous seven days.

The infection rate in Wigan is down slightly compared with the previous day but the week-on-week trend is up by 38 per cent.

Bury

There was a rise of 29 per cent in cases in Bury over the week ending January 4, and the infection rate is now 2,253.2 cases per 100,000 population.

Bury recorded 4,297 positive Covid-19 tests over the seven-day period, and that is 962 more than the previous week.

Oldham

The trend is up in Oldham, where there were 5,612 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending January 4, which is 1,804 more than the previous seven days.

The latest infection rate in Oldham is 2,361.7 cases per 100,000 people. That is up by 47 per cent compared to the previous week.

Rochdale

Rochdale saw a total of 5,230 cases in the week ending January 4, which is 1,579 more than the previous week. That is a rise of 43 per cent.

In Rochdale, the most recent coronavirus infection rate is now 2,338.4 cases per 100,000 people.


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