The rate in Manchester continues to fall, but the rate of decline now appears to be slowing.
The number of cases is growing fastest in Bury and Wigan, which today for the first time exceeded the threshold of 400 cases per 100,000 population, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.
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Wigan has recorded 1,329 cases in the past seven days, up nearly a third – 428 cases – from the previous one.
His rate doubled in the space of 12 days, from 196.65 (643 cases) in the week ending September 30 to 404.4 (1,329 cases) in the week ending October 11.
At the end of August, the borough had the lowest rate in the region and became the first to be removed from local foreclosure restrictions.
However, it now has the third highest rate in the region and is now one of six boroughs to have recorded its highest rate to date since the start of the pandemic.
Rates were likely higher during the April peak, when only pillar 1 hospital testing was done.
The latest data is calculated using the community tests of pillars 1 and 2.
The number of cases in Bury has also increased by just over a third, to around 180 cases, week after week the numbers show with its rate slowly approaching 400, now 384.8 per 100,000.
Salford also appears likely to exceed the same threshold shortly after registering 1,000 cases in the last seven days of data, up almost a quarter – 183 cases – from the previous week.
The rate in Rochdale, which is still the second highest, continues to rise, rising 27 percent (205 cases) week after week.
In Manchester, the rate is down about 15%, an amount lower than in previous days.
However, at 473, it remains the highest in the region and one of the highest in the country.
Stockport still has the lowest rate in the region although it is approaching the 300 mark, standing at 296.2 after 869 cases in the past seven days, up 203 from the previous one.
The average infection rate for the ten arrondissements is now 384.4, well above the national average of 160.8.
The figures come after a day of wrangling over whether local lockdown rules will be tightened.
It had been reported that a move to level 3 of the government’s new Covid alert system was imminent.
However, in a statement in the House of Commons today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said no final decisions had been made and discussions with local leaders were underway.
In an explosive press conference this afternoon, the Mayor of Greater Manchester said firmly that the region could not agree to new restrictions which would cause enormous economic damage but would not ensure that the spread of the virus would stop .
Earlier in the evening, slides that were shown to politicians in the region during a briefing with the country’s two deputy chief medical officers were released.
They included full-color maps highlighting the sharp increases in infection rates in the region over the past few weeks, as well as a graph that showed the sharp increase in hospital admissions and the number of new cés among people aged 60 or over had climbed to over 200 per 100,000 population.