Infection rates have continued rising in the region.
Following the easing of a number of business restrictions in the region on Friday – including the re-opening of casinos, close contact beauty treatments and indoor performances – it’s been revealed that infection rates are continuing to increase across the region, with five boroughs in Greater Manchester currently on ‘red alert’.
Reporting our highest number of cases since April, Bolton, Oldham, Manchester, Salford and Tameside have been placed on the highest alert level – with Bolton currently reporting the highest levels of Coronavirus transmission in the country.
Working on a traffic light-style system, towns and cities are placed on ‘red alert’ when cases rise over an infection rate of 50, with all five of the Manchester boroughs on ‘red alert’ now ranking above that figure and recording a week-on-week increase in cases – despite being under tightened lockdown restrictions.
Here are the most recent infection rates (per 100,000 people) across the borough:
Bolton – 115.8 infection rate
Oldham – 59.9 infection rate
Salford – 58 infection rate
Tameside – 50.3 infection rate
Manchester – 50.1 infection rate
Rochdale – 49.5 infection rate
Bury – 42.4 infection rate
Trafford – 31.2 infection rate
Wigan – 21.9 infection rate
Stockport – 18.7 infection rate
Commenting on the increase in cases across the country as a whole, Matt Hancock suggested that young people were to blame for the increase – as the country faced almost 3,000 new cases just yesterday. Speaking of the increase, the Health Secretary said: “The rise in the number of cases that we have seen today is concerning,
“The cases are predominantly among younger people but we have seen in other countries across the world and in Europe this sort of rise in the cases among younger people lead to a rise across the population as a whole, so it so important that people don’t allow this illness to infect their grandparents and to lead to the sort of problems that we saw earlier in the year.”