Coronavirus hotspots have flared up around Manchester and Salford universities – here’s the borough-by-borough breakdown

Coronavirus hotspots have emerged around Manchester and Salford’s universities, the latest data shows.

There’s been a spike in the number of infections in the areas around the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University campuses.

And Fallowfield, home to thousands of students, is also among the worst affected parts of the region.

Around 1,500 students at two Manchester Metropolitan University halls of residence have been asked to self-isolate and not leave their accommodation for a fortnight.

It follows a spike in Covid-19 cases linked to the flats with 137 confirmed by Saturday night.

Elsewhere Alexandra Park in Oldham continues to see high numbers of infections.

In the week up to September 23, there were 57 positive tests in the area – the most in Greater Manchester.

Five of the 10 worst affected areas in the region are currently in Manchester.

Other hotspots include Wardleworth and Newbold Brow in Rochdale, while several areas across Bolton continue to record a relatively high number of new cases.

An interactive map shows the number of positive Covid test results in each neighbourhood across the country. It uses Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

Here are the hotspots for each borough in Greater Manchester, according to the map…

Friends dropping off groceries at Covid-hit Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester

Public health officials had been concerned that the return of students for the new semester could lead to a spike in the infection rate.

And the latest figures seem to bear those fears out.

There were 49 positive cases in University North in the week up to September 23, 48 in Hulme and University South and 41 in Fallowfield Central.

However Levenshulme North is the worst affected area of the city, with 55 cases in the week to September 23.

Health chiefs say a small number of households are driving infections in the south Manchester suburb – rather than ‘wider community transmission’.

Elsewhere there were also 42 cases in Crumpsall South.

Bolton has some of the strictest lockdown rules in the country
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Bolton

With an infection rate of 238 cases per 100,000 people, Bolton is the worst affected borough in Greater Manchester and the third worst in the UK behind Burnley and Knowsley.

Extra restrictions remain in place in the area.

The latest figures show there were 42 cases in Springfield and Great Lever in the seven days to September 23 – the highest number in the borough.

But there were also 39 positive tests recorded in Lostock and Ladybridge and Rumworth North, 35 in Rumworth South and 30 in Heaton and Deane.

Queues of people outside a walk-in Covid-19 testing site in Bury

Bury

The infection rate has risen sharply in Bury over the last few weeks, to the point where it’s now the third highest in Greater Manchester.

The town’s hotpots are concentrated around central Bury.

There were 27 new cases in Buckley Wells and Fishpool, 21 in both Whitehead Park and Black Lane and 20 in Redvales and Hollins.

A shopper on Heywood market
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Rochdale

A new Covid-19 hotspot has emerged in Heywood, with a spike in cases in a number of areas in the town.

There were 34 positive tests in Heap Bridge and Darnhill, 23 in Heywood Town and 21 in Hopwood and Siddall Moor.

But, with 45 cases, Wardleworth and Newbold Brow in central Rochdale remains the worst-hit part of the borough, while there were also 38 new infections in nearby Kingsway.

Salford Central and University has emerged as a coronavirus hotspot
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Salford

The area around Salford Central and the university saw 32 new cases in the week up to September 23.

Eccles recorded 33 positive cases over the same period.

There were also 27 cases in Ordsall and Salford Quays and 20 in both Weaste and Seedley and Cromwell Road and Broad Street.

Tameside Hospital
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Tameside

According to the latest figures, Ashton Central recorded the most positive tests in Tameside with 30 new cases.

But there were also 20 cases in Hyde South and 18 in Denton South.

Dukinfield West saw 15 new cases over the same period, while there were 14 confirmed infections in Droylsden East.

A coronavirus testing facility in Hale, Trafford

Trafford

Last week Trafford’s public health chief said ‘we’re not in the situation we want to be in’ following a spike in the borough’s coronavirus infection rate.

Since then it’s continued to rise and currently stands at 99 cases per 100,000 people, almost double the national average.

Old Trafford is the borough’s current hotspot, with 25 cases recorded in the week to September 23.

There were also 14 new cases in both Firswood and Gorse Hill, and 13 in Hale Barns over the same period.

Stockport went back into local lockdown on Saturday
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Stockport

Local lockdown measures were re-imposed on Stockport on Saturday, bringing the borough back in line with the rest of Greater Manchester.

Stockport was placed under the same rules as Greater Manchester on July 30, but local leaders successfully lobbied for the town to be removed from the restrictions because at the time the infection rate was far lower than in other boroughs.

But the number of positive tests has risen quickly in recent weeks and there have been more than 100 new infections for every 100,000 people in the borough over the last week.

There were 20 new cases in Heaton Mersey in the seven days to September 23, and 14 in Gatley North over the same period.

Heald Green East recorded 13 infections.

Wigan’s coronavirus infection rate has increased significantly in recent weeks
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Wigan

Following weeks of being the least-affected borough in Greater Manchester, Wigan’s infection rate has soared recently.

And like Stockport the borough was also placed under local lockdown on Saturday.

Winstanley is Wigan’s hardest-hit area, according to the latest figures, with 25 positive tests.

There were also 23 new cases in Pemberton South, 20 in Atherton South West, 18 in Wigan East and 17 in Hindley West.

|Ma Evening Post