The latest coronavirus infection rates for the borough of Greater Manchester by borough

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The latest coronavirus infection rates demonstrate a widening gap between the northern and southern boroughs of Greater Manchester.
Public health data for the week ending December 6 shows that the boroughs south of the city now have an infection rate below the national average.

It comes as Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has said the disparity in rates could cause the metropolitan area to split into different tiers when the government comes to review the system next week.

He added that leaders would prefer to see the region evolve “as one,” but admitted that discussions should take place with local MPs in the coming days.

Trafford and Stockport have remained among the lowest on the spectrum in recent weeks, with infection rates falling to 85.5 and 121.3 per 100,000 people on December 6.



Latest coronavirus infection rate from December 6

This is significantly lower than the national average, which edged up week-over-week to 156.2.

Cases are also relatively low in the eastern and western parts of the city, with Tameside recording a rate of 109.9 and Salford of 133.7.

Meanwhile in London, rates continue to rise at a constant rate – raising fears the city will be placed at Level 3 on the further revision.

The infection rate in the capital was 198.9 on December 6, a 25% increase in cases from the previous week, and significantly above the Greater Manchester average of 158.2.

Cases continue to decline in nine of the region’s ten boroughs, but the rate at which they are declining has stabilized in some places.

There were 652 new cases added in Greater Manchester in the seven days leading up to December 6, exactly the same number as last Thursday (December 3).



The graph shows the emerging north-south divide in Greater Manchester

Bury saw an increase in the infection rate for the first time since November, and now stands at 231.4 per 100,000 population.

There have been 442 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the borough over the past seven days, a 15% increase week-over-week.

The MEN revealed that the spike could have been caused by two outbreaks at local care homes in the Whitehead Park neighborhood.

Other boroughs in the city’s north, including Rochdale, Wigan, Bolton and Oldham, are still seeing a drop in cases, but infection rates all remain above the national average.

In Wigan, the rate of case decline appears to be leveling off, with a rate of 192.3 on December 6.

There have been 632 new positive tests in the past seven days, down 6% from the previous week.



Coronavirus infection rate in Greater Manchester compared to London

Rates also appear to be stabilizing in Manchester and Stockport, with cases dropping 5% and 4% week-on-week respectively.

Andy Burnham has said he doesn’t want to see a ‘patchwork and patchwork’ version of the tiered system in Greater Manchester.

He suggested that “clusters” of boroughs in “natural displacement zones” could be grouped together so that some boroughs could be exempt from the highest restrictions.

There is still a case for moving as a single metropolitan area, Mr Burnham acknowledged that the aggregate figures “conceal a fairly wide range of figures from top to bottom”.

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