Infection rates are up in two boroughs for the first time in weeks

The coronavirus infection rate has gone up in two Greater Manchester boroughs for the first time in six weeks.

The number of positive tests went up in Trafford and Stockport for the week ending February 22.

It is the first time either area has seen an upward trend in cases since January 10.

The infection rate also rose in a third borough, Bury, which currently has the highest infection rate in Greater Manchester, with 217.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Stockport recorded 555 cases in the week ending February 22, which is 21 more than the previous seven days and up four per cent, with a rate of 189.1.

And although its rate has gone up, Trafford has the lowest rate of all ten boroughs, with 135.7 cases per 100,000 people.

In Greater Manchester overall, the infection rate is now 175 cases per 100,000 population.

That rate is higher than the national average, which is 112.4 cases per 100,000 people, although it was down seven per cent in the last week and is currently falling more slowly than in England as a whole.

A total of 4,962 people tested positive for coronavirus across the region in the seven days which ended on February 22.

The latest infection rate figures for Greater Manchester
(Image: manchester evening news)

Our seven-day total has decreased by 372 cases compared to the previous week. That is a week-on-week fall of seven per cent.

At the start of the national lockdown on January 5, the infection rate in Greater Manchester was 427.6 cases per 100,000 and the rate peaked on January 8 at 461.5.

Since then, the infection rate in the region has fallen to 175 cases per 100,000 – a drop of 62 per cent.

The infection rate is rising week-on-week in three boroughs, and falling in the other seven.

In Bury, there were 416 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending February 22, which is 13 more than the previous seven days.

The infection rate in Bury is down compared with the previous day, but the week-on-week trend is up by three per cent.

Meanwhile in Bolton there were 614 positive tests in Bolton over the week ending February 22, and that is 75 fewer than in the previous week.

The week-on-week change is down by 11 per cent.

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In Tameside, the number of cases has gone down by five per cent.

A total of 438 people tested positive for Covid and that is 24 fewer than the week before.

The trend is down in Manchester, where there were 935 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending February 22, which is 68 fewer than the previous 7 days.

That is down by 7 per cent compared to the previous week.

Salford saw a total of 431 cases in the week ending February 22, which is 103 fewer than the previous week. That is a fall of 19 per cent.

There was a fall of nine per cent in cases in Rochdale over the week ending February 22. The borough recorded 368 positive Covid-19 tests, and that is 35 fewer than the previous week.

In Wigan, the number of cases was down by seven per cent.

There were 541 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending February 22, which is 40 fewer than the previous seven days.

There were 342 cases recorded in Oldham, which is 73 fewer than the previous week – a fall of 18 per cent.

Trafford meanwhile recorded 322 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending February 22, which is 12 more than the previous seven days, while the borough’s rate is up by four per cent.

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