Coronavirus infections continue to rise, doubling in Stockport

Coronavirus cases have continued to rise across all of Greater Manchester.

The borough of Manchester recorded 541.6 positive tests for every 100,000 people in the local population for the week ending October 4, according to the latest Public Health England (PHE) figures.

Some 2,994 positive tests were recorded in Manchester across the seven days, a rise of 76 per cent compared to the previous week.

It suggests the increase in cases is still marked but has slowed – it had been doubling every week.

Manchester has now lost the unwanted crown of having the highest infection rate in the country, with Liverpool and Knowsley recording bigger numbers.

The number of infections has doubled in a week in Stockport.

Stockport and seven other boroughs saw their infection rates rise, although they remain broadly half the figure in Manchester, which has a large student population.

Only Bolton, which has been subject to local lockdown restrictions for a longer period, has arrested the sharp increases seen elsewhere, registering 255.3 people with coronavirus for the week concerned for every 100,000 in the area.

Bolton saw 734 positive cases in the week to October 4, a small rise of just 32 compared to the previous week.

Like Manchester, the other boroughs have seen their infection rate increase: Rochdale, 324.6; Salford 304,8; Bury, 281.7; Oldham, 278.8; Trafford, 259.1; Wigan, 257.1; Tameside, 239.7; Stockport, 215.1.

Coronavirus infection rates in Greater Manchester for the week up to Oct 4
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Stockport’s alarming increase in cases continues, with 631 positive tests recorded in seven days.

It represents a rise of 97 per cent.

The figures suggest the disease was spreading faster in Stockport than anywhere else in Greater Manchester last week.

Trafford saw an 85 per cent increase in cases, registering 615 cases.

Rochdale registered 722 cases during the week, a rise of 60 per cent compared to the week before.

There were 789 cases in Salford, a rise of 56 per cent, while cases in Tameside rose by 37 per cent to 543.

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Greater Manchester overall saw 9,072 cases, a rise of 38 per cent.

All ten boroughs remain in the ‘red zone’ where PHE requires local intervention.

The average infection rate for England was 117.4.

Although the number of cases is rising steeply across much of the country, there is now much more testing than at the height of the first wave of the pandemic in April and May. Then, only people in hospitals were being tested.

|Ma Evening Post