Latest coronavirus infection rates as hospital admissions in the region more than double

By Lyell Tweed

The number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 in Greater Manchester's hospitals has more than doubled in recent weeks, according to the latest figures.

Eight boroughs have seen a rise in cases in the seven days to January 6, with Salford now recording the highest infection rate in the region.

In the week ending on January 02, the latest data available, a total of 1131 patients were admitted to Greater Manchester hospitals with Covid-19.

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

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A total of 79 people also died from Covid-19 in the week ending January 6, 30 more than the week before.

This coincides with infection rates continuing to rocket across the region.

In the seven days to January 6, Salford recorded 6,387 new positive cases of Covid-19, 314 more than the previous week.

This gives the borough an infection rate of 2,431.3 new cases per 100,000 people, according to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency, the highest infection rate in Greater Manchester.

Wigan saw the next highest infection rate with 2,422.6 cases per 100,00 residents - an increase of two per cent from the previous week.

Rochdale saw the biggest increase in cases with 5,154 new positive cases in the week to January 6, 751 more than the previous seven days.

The latest Covid-19 infection rates for Greater Manchester (MEN)

This gave the borough an infection rate of 2,304.4 new cases per 100,000 people, up 17 per cent, slightly less than Tameside which recorded an infection rate of 2,331 per 100,000 to January 6.

Oldham and Bolton also saw huge spikes in Covid-19 infections.

There were a total of 5,231 new positive cases in Oldham in the last week, 621 more than the previous, giving it an infection rate of 2,201.3 per 100,000 residents - a rise of 13 per cent.

A significant rise of 14 per cent was also seen in Bolton, which recorded 6,065 new positive Covid tests in the week ending January 6, 733 more than the previous week.

This equalled an infection rate of 2,104.1 per 100,000 people for the town.

Bury also saw a slight rise in infections, but it still has the third lowest in the region.

The borough saw 3,969 new positive cases in the week to January 6,216 more than the previous seven days.

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This gives it an infection rate of 2,081.2 per 100,000 residents, an increase of six per cent from the previous seven days.

The lowest infection rate in the region is in Manchester where the rate is 1937.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Only two boroughs have seen a fall in cases in the seven days to January 6.

Stockport saw 6,508 new positive Covid-19 tests, 105 fewer than the previous week, with Trafford recording 4,851 new cases, 108 fewer than the previous seven days.

This gave the boroughs an infection rate of 2,212.1 and 2,041.8 per 100,000 residents respectively.

In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 2,194.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This infection rate is higher than the national average, which is 1,768.8 cases per 100,000 people.

A total of 62,240 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on January 6.


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