The new Covid hotspots across Greater Manchester - and where rates are falling

By Charlotte Green

Trafford neighbourhoods are continuing to dominate the top 10 biggest Covid-19 hotspots in Greater Manchester.

The region’s 20 Covid-19 hotspots and areas where the virus is on a downward trend have been revealed through an interactive map which charts the number of positive test results in each neighbourhood across the country using government data.

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

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

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Parts of Bolton, Salford, Bury and Manchester have seen the lowest local infection rates, with cases in single figures in seven areas.

However, areas in Trafford makes up the majority of those in the region's ten worst hit areas - the day after it was revealed the borough had the highest infection rate in England.

Worst-hit areas in Greater Manchester

In the week to October 6 – the latest available local data – the Trafford neighbourhood of Davyhulme recorded the region’s highest infection rate.

This stood at 1,376.6 per 100,000 residents, with 115 new cases – an increase of 57 from the previous seven day period.

It is followed by Urmston West, also in Trafford, where the rate was 1,275.7 per 100,000 residents.

There, 88 residents had tested positive for the virus, a rise of 20 new cases.

At third place is Flixton and Moorside, which borders Davyhulme in the north of Trafford.

This area saw 101 incidences of the virus, resulting in an infection rate of 1,250.5.

There were 39 more cases than the previous week, according to the data.

In fourth place is Urmston East, where the infection rate also clears a thousand, standing at 1,143.2 per 100,000 people.

This neighbourhood saw 84 new cases, an increase of 51 from the last seven day period.

Altrincham East, also in Trafford, has an infection rate of 1,110.5 with 114 new cases.

Rates have sharply risen in Trafford (pictured is Altrincham town centre) (M.E.N.)

This was an increase of 68 new positive cases – a huge 147 per cent rise.

At sixth place is Timperley North, where there were 92 incidences of the virus in the week to October 6.

This equates to a localised infection rate of 1,083, with an extra 37new cases in the neighbourhood.

Meanwhile at seventh place, Trafford Park West and Kingsway Park has an infection rate of 939.5 per 100,000 people.

It saw 72 new cases – a rise of 16 from the last seven day period.

Ashton upon Mersey South, also in Trafford, has an infection rate of 923.8, with 75 people testing positive – an increase of 34.

Norris Bank in Stockport, one of only two areas outside of Trafford to make the top ten biggest hotspots, is in ninth place.

It recorded a local infection rate of 923.6, with 59 new incidences of the virus.

Finally Newtonmoor in Tameside, near Hyde, saw 67 new cases in the week to October 6, equating to an infection rate of 919.7.

The areas with the lowest Covid rates

At the other end of the scale, the Bolton neighbourhood of Rumworth South has the region’s lowest infection rate.

It stands at just 47.6 per 100,000 people with just four cases recorded – eight fewer than the previous week.

Neighbouring Rumworth North, saw just six new cases and has an infection rate of 68.1.

The Bury area of Higher Woodhill also makes it into the top ‘notspots’ with an infection rate of 70, and four Covid-19 cases.

In fourth place is the Manchester area of Rusholme East, where cases are also declining.

The infection rate stands at 73.5, with ten cases recorded – a drop of ten.

Lever Edge in Bolton follows in fifth place with an infection rate of 78.5 per 100,000 people and seven cases, down four.

Next is Central Bolton with a rate of 85.8 and seven new incidences of the virus.

Daubhill and Fernhill Gate, another Bolton neighbourhood which saw cases drop from the previous week, and has an infection rate of 94.3.

There were seven positive Covid-19 cases, a drop of five from the week prior.

Higher Broughton is in eighth place with 16 new cases, dipping by 13 from the week before.

This averages as a localised infection rate of 100 for the Salford neighbourhood.

Halliwell and Brownlow Fold in Bolton is at ninth place with nine cases recorded, equating to an infection rate of 104.8.

In tenth place is nearby Gorton South where the infection is 106.2 per 100,000 people, with just 12 cases recorded – three fewer than the previous week.

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