Huge swathes of Stockport could be Covid-free according to latest data

Huge swathes of Stockport could be Covid-free according to the latest government data.

For the purposes of recording coronavirus cases, Public Health England divides Stockport up into 42 ‘middle layer super output areas’ (MSOAs).

Of these 31 recorded fewer than three cases during the week to April 23 – meaning the virus is officially classed as being ‘suppressed’.

This means some 75pc of the borough – including parts of Reddish, Gatley and Heald Green previously flagged as hotspots – potentially saw no new cases during that time.

An interactive map which charts infection rates across Stockport features vast swathes of white – indicating the virus is suppressed – particularly in the north and east of the borough.

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However there were 81 positive tests in the borough in the week to April 23 – nine more than the previous seven days – leaving the infection rate at 27.6 cases per 100,000 population.

Stockport currently has the third lowest rate in Greater Manchester and is slightly above the England average.

The highest infection rates appear to be in areas clustered around the centre – such as Cheadle Heath and Adswood – which saw eight and five new cases respectively.

Shoppers in masks in Stockport town centre

However places in the south and west of the borough – including part os Bramhall, Hazel Grove and Heald Green – also recorded a small number of positive tests.

Jen Connolly, Stockport’s director of public health, has urged people to remain cautious as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

She said: “As we begin to mix more, the likelihood of rates increasing rises, so we need to continue to act responsibly and follow the latest guidance in order to break the chains of transmission and to keep our community safe.

“Please maintain social distancing of two metres, wear a mask in enclosed spaces (unless exempt) and wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

“If you are meeting friends or family, please stick to the rule of six or two households in outdoor spaces or private gardens guidance and avoid mixing with other groups when you are at a venue.”

And she has called on Stopfordians to take up the offer of lateral flow testing even if they are not feeling unwell.

“Also, key to stopping the spread of the virus is by taking up the offer of universal lateral flow testing to diagnose non-symptomatic cases and then self-isolating,” said Ms Connolly.

“All adults can now get regular home rapid Covid tests – even if you don’t have any symptoms.”

Lateral flow tests are available from Fred Perry House, the car park on Chadwick Street in Marple and a number of libraries.

Further information on lateral flow tests can be found here.

More help and advice relating to coronavirus is also available here.

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