There’s been a big spike in coronavirus cases in Bolton over the last week – and the infection rate has almost doubled in Trafford.
Both boroughs are set to be released from local lockdown measures on Wednesday.
From August 21-28, figures from Public Health England show Bolton had 129 new cases, a 143 per cent increase over the previous seven days.
On the week ending Friday, August 28, Bolton’s infection rate was 44.9 cases per 100,000 people.
The spike, which has been described as ‘sudden, concerning and unpredicted’, has prompted council and health leaders to call an emergency meeting on Tuesday morning.
Separate government figures show there were 40 new cases recorded on Thursday in Bolton.
In Trafford, where last week council leader Andrew Western slammed the Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s decision to ease restrictions, 85 new cases were recorded between August 21-28 – up from 45 over the previous seven days.
On August 28 Trafford’s infection rate was 35.8.
It means both Bolton and Trafford are now in the amber zone, despite being just days away from restrictions being eased.
But in Stockport, the other Greater Manchester borough set to come out of local lockdown, the rate of infection continues to fall.
On August 28, Stockport’s infection rate was 7.8 – the lowest in Greater Manchester – with just 23 new cases in the last week.
Elsewhere the infection rate in Salford increased to 35.9, also putting it in the amber zone.
There were 93 new cases in the borough – up from 74 in the previous seven days.
Tameside also saw an increase in infection rates with 76 new cases, up from 62 the previous week. Its infection rate is 33.6.
Oldham, where more more stringent measures are still being imposed, continued to record the highest number of new cases – at 135 for the week ending August 28 – but its infection rate fell 12 per cent on the previous seven days to 56.9.
In Manchester the infection rate on August 28 was 39.4
There were 218 new cases between August 21 and 28, a 14pc decrease on the week before.
Rochdale saw a slight increase in its infection rate, which now stands at 43.2.
There were 96 new cases in the seven days up to August 28, up from 89 the week before.
But Bury saw a marked drop in its infection rate.
There were 47 new cases in the borough over the last week, down from 72 in the previous seven days.
Its infection rate is now 24.6.
And the infection rate remains low in Wigan, which last week became the first borough to be released from local lockdown, at 11 cases per 100,000 people.
The borough recorded 36 new cases last week – the same figure as the previous seven days.
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