The coronavirus infection rate has spiked upwards in Trafford on the same day as local restrictions were relaxed in the borough.
Latest figures published by Public Health England this afternoon show that the infection rate in Trafford has gone back up sharply in the last couple of days.
The weekly case total is now over 25 per 100,000 people, which takes the borough above the threshold to be placed on amber alert on the government watchlist for local intervention.
The data published this afternoon gives infection rates up to Tuesday August 25 as there is a 3-4 day delay for cases to be fully reported.
In the week ending August 25 there were 60 positive coronavirus tests in Trafford, which is 13 more than the previous week – an increase of 28 per cent.
This takes the weekly infection rate per 100,000 people to 25.3 and provisional data shows that this will rise a few points higher tomorrow to more than 28.
A total of 32 extra cases have been announced in Trafford over the last two days, compared with 15 cases which were announced on Thursday and Friday of last week.
Trafford is the only borough in Greater Manchester showing a week-on-week increase in cases of this magnitude.
Cases have gone up slightly in Wigan where local restrictions were lifted on Wednesday this week but the infection rate there remains low.
Stockport and Bolton, the other two areas where local restrictions were lifted today, have continued to show a downward trend in the spread of the virus, although it has levelled out slightly in Bolton.
Oldham continues to have the highest rate of infection in Greater Manchester but the number of cases is falling faster in Oldham than in any other borough in the region.
Infection rates in Manchester, Rochdale, Bury, Salford and Tameside are also down slightly week-on-week.
Local restrictions were announced across Greater Manchester on July 30 after infection rates showed an upward trend starting from around the middle of July.
Infection rates continued to rise for two weeks after the local lockdown measures were introduced but in the third week the overall numbers in Greater Manchester began to fall significantly.
There were 802 positive tests across Greater Manchester in the week ending 25 August, which was 118 cases fewer than the week before.
Data for the last couple of days suggests the downward trend is levelling out and there has been a slight increase in the number of cases reported but it is too early to say if this will develop into another upward trend.
There has been no corresponding increase in the number of hospitalisations or deaths related to Covid-19 in Greater Manchester in the weeks since case numbers began to rise in the middle of July.
Separate figures show that more than 8,600 people have been discharged from hospitals in Greater Manchester after recovering from coronavirus.