Greater Manchester’s latest coronavirus infection rates as week

The number of coronavirus cases in Bolton has more than doubled in a week, the latest figures show.

The town is a hotspot for the new Indian ‘variant of concern’ said to be driving the surge in infections.

And at 152 cases per 100,000 people Bolton’s Covid rate is almost seven times the national average.

There were 437 positive Covid-19 tests in Bolton the week ending May 7.

That accounts for one in every three positive tests in Greater Manchester and is 223 more than the previous seven days.

The figures come as officials in Greater Manchester urge government to let them vaccinate over-16s in specific ‘high risk’ communities in order to curb the sharp rise in infection rates currently being seen in Bolton.

Elsewhere in the region infections rates are also rising in Rochdale, Manchester, Stockport and Wigan.

The lowest infection rate is in Bury, where the rate is 20.4 cases per 100,000 people.

In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 43.7 cases per 100,000 population, double the national average of 21.8.

A total of 1,239 people tested positive in the week ending May 7.

That’s 244 cases more than the previous week, which means the infection rate was up 25 per cent..

Salford recorded 80 coronavirus cases, which is 19 fewer than in the previous seven days.

The city’s infection rate is 30.9 cases per 100,000 people. That’s down 19 per cent week-on-week.

Infections are also falling in Trafford, where there were 71 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending May 7, which is 39 fewer than the previous less days.

That’s a 35 per cent drop.

Trafford’s infection rate is currently is 29.9 cases per 100,000 people.

Cases are also falling in Tameside, where the latest infection rate is 24.7 cases per 100,000 people.

There were 56 cases recorded in the borough, three fewer than the previous week – a fall of five per cent.

Bury, the only borough in the region with an infection rate below the national average, recorded 39 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending May 7, which is four fewer than the previous seven days.

That’s a nine per cent week-on-week fall.

There were 102 positive tests over the last week in Rochdale, which is 26 more than in the previous week.

The week-on-week trend in Rochdale is up by 34 per cent and the latest infection rate is 45.9 cases per 100,000 people.

In Oldham, the number of cases is down by 12 per cent compared to the previous week – leaving the infection rate at 27.4 cases per 100,000 population.

There were 65 positive Covid-19 tests in Oldham in the week ending May 7, which was nine fewer than the previous seven days.

Stockport saw a total of 84 cases in the week ending May 7, which is 22 more than the previous week. That’s a rise of 35 per cent.

The borough’s infection rate now 28.6 cases per 100,000 people.

In Manchester, the latest infection rate is 38.7 cases per 100,000 people and the number of cases has gone up by 14 per cent.

A total of 214 people tested positive for Covid in Manchester over the seven days ending on May 7, which is 26 more than the week before.

There was a rise of 30 per cent in cases in Wigan over the week ending May 7, and the infection rate is now 27.7 cases per 100,000 population.

Wigan recorded 91 positive Covid-19 tests over the seven-day period’ That’s 21 more than the previous week.

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