This is the highest number of infections since May 25.
More than a quarter of those positive test results were in Oldham, now the city with the highest COVID-19 infection rate in England.
The government confirmed today (Friday) that restrictions on social distancing will continue in Greater Manchester.
Rules including a ban for people from different households to mingle in gardens or houses were announced two weeks ago to tackle an increase in Covid cases in the North West, West Yorkshire, the East of Lancashire and Leicester.
The latest data from PHE shows Oldham’s rate is now higher than it was in the first wave of the pandemic.
The infection rate reached 112.2 in the city for the week ending Aug. 11 with a total of 266 recorded cases.
Meanwhile, the infection rate has risen again in Manchester after leveling off last week.
There were 225 positive tests citywide in the week ending August 11. The infection rate has now exceeded 40.
There are also other signs of the virus spreading in Rochdale, which is now returning to levels seen at the end of July.
The infection rate is just under 45.
If it reaches 50, the city will be placed on “red alert” on the government’s watch list.
The only other area where positive tests are multiplying week after week is Stockport.
In five other boroughs, there is only a small change compared to the week ending in August.
In Bury, there was a marked slowdown with 41 cases in the week ending August 11, up from 57 the week before.
Wigan remains stable with the lowest infection rate of any borough in Greater Manchester.
The PHE figures, for the seven days leading up to August 7, are based on tests performed in laboratories (pillar 1 of the government’s testing program) and in the wider community (pillar 2).
– These charts are based on data published by Public Health England and can be accessed through this link.
– The government uses this data to determine whether to put an area on local lockdown. It would also be used to decide whether local restrictions should be lifted.
– The number of people tested increases, which will lead to an increase in the number of positive tests. However, there is no publicly available data on the number of tests performed in all areas, so it is not possible to compare them.
– Government uses cases for 100,000 rates to decide on local lockdowns
It is this data that the government uses to determine whether to put a region on local lockdown – and the data would also be used to decide whether local restrictions should be lifted.
The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.