Stockport’s Covid-19 hotspots in west of borough – nobody knows why

Coronavirus hotspots in Stockport are clustered in the west of the borough according to the latest statistics.

Figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that three neighbouring areas had the highest number of cases during the week to September 28.

Gatley North was the worst hit, recording 19 cases over the seven day period, while Heald Green West, and Gatley South and Cheadle saw 12 and 10 cases respectively.

A heat map generated by PHE clearly shows a cluster in the area – with Benchill North and Sharston on the Manchester side of the border completing the picture.

Only Heaton Moor, in the north, and Davenport – south of the town centre – also saw double figures, with both areas registering 10 cases.

The numbers are nowhere near as high as regional hotspots – the student area of Fallowfield in Manchester saw an eye-watering 209 cases over the same period – but the west of the borough has been a cause of concern over recent weeks.

The reason why remains something of a mystery, however, as higher rates have not been linked to any specific outbreak or event.

Coun Iain Roberts, who represents Cheadle and Gatley, said: “There’s nothing we have particularly been able to find. It’s not particularly linked to schools as the increase happened before the schools went back.

“Unfortunately, we have asked the question but no one has been able to come up with a particularly good explanation.”

Stockport, like the rest of Greater Manchester, remains on ‘red alert’ due to its infection rate and saw some restrictions reimposed last week.

Public health chiefs will take some encouragement from the fact cases remain low across much of the borough.

And two areas were potentially Covid-free over the most recent seven day period.

Central Stockport, Portwood and Shaw Heath and Reddish Vale View both recorded between two cases and none for the week to September 28.

Public Health England does not specify the number of cases at this level.

Stockport recorded the lowest infection rate figures in Greater Manchester for the week to October 1 – with 90.7 cases for everyone 100,000 people.

|Ma Evening Post