Rochdale’s coronavirus infection rate is climbing again, the latest government data reveals.
Figures released on Friday afternoon show that the borough has the second highest infection rate in Greater Manchester.
Rochdale’s rate of infection rose to 34.2 in the seven days ending August 4.
There were 76 cases in the borough, which remains on amber alert, during that time – a rise of ten on the previous week.
Oldham remains on ‘red’ alert and still has the highest infection rate in the region, at 66.6 per 100,000 people during the same period.
The number of cases there remains high with 158 in the week up to August 4 – 17 more than in the week ending July 28.
Strong rises in infection rates have also been recorded in Tameside and Bury.
Tameside had 75 cases in the week before August 4, which is 32 more than in the previous week.
Meanwhile there were 52 cases in Bury – an increase of 21 from the week ending July 28 meaning the borough is now on ‘amber alert.
It’s the same in Bolton, where the number of cases has risen by 19, to 73, in a week.
However growth in both Stockport and Trafford has halted and numbers are going down.
Both boroughs have now been downgraded to ‘green’ alert.
In Manchester, where the infection rate is 31.3, cases are levelling off.
There were 183 in the week ending August 4, which is three less than the previous week.
Salford and Wigan – recorded 66 and 26 cases respectively in the week ending August 4. Both areas are on ‘green’ alert.
The latest figures follow Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement that Greater Manchester’s local lockdown will continue.
Stricter rules on social gatherings announced last week will continue here, in West Yorkshire and Leicester.
But Preston has also been added to the list of places where households are banned from gathering in the homes and gardens of others.
The decision comes following a review of all the local lockdowns yesterday (Thursday) by government and local authorities.
There has been no evidence of a fall in the recent rise of cases per 100,000 people in each of the affected areas.
The restrictions on gatherings will be reviewed again next week with any changes to be announced by Friday, August 14.