The number of coronavirus cases in Manchester has fallen for the fifth day running, the latest figures show.
There were 2,543 cases in the city in the seven days to October 12 – that’s 531 fewer than the previous week.
Manchester’s infection rate stands at 460 cases per 100,000 people, according to Public Health England statistics.
That’s still the highest in the region.
Much of the city’s spike – which saw the infection rate peak at 582 on October 6 – has been attributed to outbreaks at halls of residence after students returned to university.
But localised figures show that in heavily populated student areas such as Fallowfield, the number of cases is down 70 per cent week-on-week.
As the row over imposing Tier 3 lockdown restrictions on Greater Manchester rumbles on, at a press conference on Friday afternoon Boris Johnson said the situation in the region was ‘grave and worsening every day’.
And the figures from the nine other boroughs appear to back that statement up.
Every other area in Greater Manchester continues to see infection rates rise, but at a slower rate than in previous days and weeks.
Bolton has recorded more than 1,000 cases in a week for the first time, while Salford’s infection rate has gone over 400 for the first time.
Rochdale, with an infection rate of 432.1 , Bury which stands at 395.8, Bolton at 348.8, Salford 402.2, Wigan 422.3 and Tameside 325.4 have all posted their highest rate so far.
But it’s worth noting that during the first wave of the pandemic ‘pillar two’ figures – results from tests carried out at drive through centres and home testing kits processed in commercial labs – were not included in the infection rates.