Greater Manchester has been placed on RED ALERT as COVID-19 cases continue to rocket in all 10 boroughs at the highest rates witnessed since April.
Infections in Manchester have now surged to levels equal to or higher than what was seen in April, as the county records 100 positive cases for three days in a row. When at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and national lockdown, the highest number of cases registered in Manchester was 73.
Stockport and Trafford have now also recorded an infection rate of more than 50 cases per 100,000 people in the local population – for the first time since April. Bury and Oldham’s numbers are still on the rise, with infection rates of 119.9 and 127.8 respectively.
Bolton however, which has the title of worst infection rate in the UK, has largely stayed the same since last week. Latest figures from Public Health England, covering the week to September 16, also show Rochdale has an infection rate of more than 100 for the first time. It peaked in April at 70.6 – but is now at 103.4. Greater Manchester as a county now has an infection rate of 102.34, back in April, the highest the figure reached was 75.5.
The latest data puts all ten boroughs in the red zone – where the infection rate tops 50 positive cases per 100,000 people in the local population. Being in the red zone is where Public Health England decides that government intervention is required.
Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the nationwide lockdown being imposed in March, has warned ministers that they need to act ‘sooner rather than later’ or the death toll will begin to rise again.
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