Covid cases are surging again in parts of Stockport.
The borough recorded 209 positive tests over the week to May 28 – 155 more than the previous seven days.
This was a rise of 287pc, and at 71.2 cases per 100,000 people, its rate is now the seventh highest in the region.
The most recent hyperlocal data shows that while infections remain suppressed in some areas – they are rising sharply in others.
Figures for the week to May 27 show that two places in the north of the borough have been worst hit by the recent spike.
These are Reddish Vale and North Reddish, both of which recorded 13 cases having seen just two in the previous week.
Rates rising by 550pc in these neighbouring communities will be a cause for concern for residents and health officials alike.
Elsewhere it was Norris Bank, close to the town centre, that saw the second biggest increase. Nine new cases – up seven on the previous week – amounted to a rise of 350pc.
Bramhall North West in the south of the borough also recorded exactly the same numbers.
With infections surging across Greater Manchester this will undoubtedly cause concern – despite the success of the vaccine programme and low numbers of hospitalisations. At present, Stepping Hill has three Covid patients – one on ventilation.
Stockport’s director of public health Jennifer Connolly has warned that the borough’s case rate is rising ‘very rapidly’ and ‘will do for the next few days at least’.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday night, she urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible, test regularly and isolate if necessary.
And in her weekly statement to residents she said: “As restrictions are lifted and we enjoy more freedoms, we need at the same time to weigh up carefully how best to continue to keep ourselves and others safe from the virus, at a time when we are also seeing infections increase in many parts of Greater Manchester, due to a new variant of the virus.
“Remember that people can be infectious without having symptoms. So social distancing, good hand hygiene, face coverings, and good room ventilation or meeting outdoors remain important protective measures for our safety.”
But there is also encouraging news coming out of the borough.
The virus is ‘suppressed’ in 12 areas of Stockport according to the latest hyperlocal data – meaning these areas are virtually Covid-free.
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Places with fewer than three cases include Woodley, Bredbury, Gatley North and Hazel Grove West.
And on Tuesday, the UK announced there had been no Covid deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the first time since March last year.