The area of Stockport with the highest infection rate in the borough

Reddish Vale View has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Stockport – and cases are rising sharply.

Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows the area registered 480 cases per 100,000 people during the week to December 29.

There were 34 cases recorded during this seven day period, 21 more than the previous week, representing an increase of 161.5pc.

Its infection rate is the fourth highest in Greater Manchester.

Nearby Heaton Moor recorded the third highest infection rate in the borough, at 455 cases per 100,000 – an increase of 70.6pc

But it is not just the north of the borough that has seen a resurgence of the virus in the post-Christmas period.

In south Stockport, Heald Green East recorded 455 cases per 100,000 – the fifth highest in Greater Manchester. The number of cases here doubled to 34 from 17 the previous week.

Nearby Bramhall West was the only other area to record a rate of more than 400 cases per 100,000, seeing 410 over the seven day period.

And public health bosses will also be concerned about neighbouring Bramhall North East, where cases shot up by 130pc. Its rate currently stands at 345 cases per 100,000.

Having been one of the least affected areas in the region, Stockport’s infection rate is now higher than the Greater Manchester average.

Director of public health Jennifer Connolly said that the ‘steep rise’ in cases had been caused by ‘continued social mixing by some people in the borough.

In a statement on the council’s website she urged people to take ‘extreme care’ to minimise their chances of catching Covid-19 by ‘scrupulously’ sticking to the guidance.

Ms Connolly thanked residents for ‘playing their part’ during the pandemic – particularly those who made the decision not to mix with other households on Christmas day.

And while she acknowledged it had been a ‘challenging year’, she said there was now hope in the form of two new vaccines.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

“Not only has the largest vaccination programme in NHS history been rolled out, including to the first care home residents who will begin to receive their inoculations shortly, but this week we have had the incredibly positive news that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for coronavirus is safe, effective, of high quality and has been approved for use in the UK.

“More like a traditional vaccine in that it can be stored and transported more easily than the Pfizer vaccine, we will all be hoping that as more cohorts are vaccinated that 2021 eventually brings a return to normality.”

For more information visit stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus

|Ma Evening Post