Coronavirus updates LIVE as Greater Manchester rates hit record highs and millions more to enter Level 3


Coronavirus rates in several boroughs of Greater Manchester have reached record numbers. The infection rate in Oldham, which previously had the highest rate in the country, was 693.34 per 100,000 population as of October 25.

However, it is important to stress that, compared to these rates, community testing was not widely available at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Wigan is also quickly approaching an infection rate of 700, with 683.4 cases per 100,000 population in the week ending October 25.

While Salford and Rochdale are also around the 600 per 100,000 mark.

Elsewhere, millions more will be under tomorrow’s toughest coronavirus measures.

As of today, Nottingam and Nottinghamshire are in level 3 restrictions with West Yorkshire to move to the highest alert level from Monday 2 November.

Tees Valley and the West Midlands also expect to upgrade to level 3.

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Sources from local authorities in the West Midlands said the very high alert could be imposed “by the end of next week or the beginning of the following week”.

Tees Valley leaders said the government had told them it intended to raise their area to Level 3 – although no deal has yet been reached.

This means that at the start of a fifth of England will soon be subject to the tightest coronavirus restrictions as the number of hospital patients continues to rise.

We will have live updates throughout the day …


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