Greater Manchester borough has 4th highest Covid-19 death rate in country

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Wigan has the fourth-highest coronavirus death rate of any region in the country, according to figures released by the government.
There have been 778 deaths in the borough since the start of the pandemic, which is equivalent to 236.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Only three places in the country have been hit harder than Wigan by the deadly impact of Covid-19.

Two other parts of Greater Manchester – Tameside and Rochdale – are also among the ten boroughs in the country with the highest death rates.

The numbers were reported as coronavirus infection rates rise again in Wigan, with the number of positive tests doubling in a week.

The area with the highest death rate in the country is Folkestone and Hythe, where a total of 281 people with Covid-19 have lost their lives, according to the latest government data released on Friday, January 8.

Although this is almost 500 fewer deaths than in Wigan, the population of the Borough of Kent is much smaller, meaning there is a slightly higher death rate of 248.7 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants in Folkestone and Hythe.

Barnsley in South Yorkshire has the second highest death rate (241.8 per 100,000 people), followed by Wyre in Lancashire, where the rate is just over 237.



Three boroughs of Greater Manchester are among the ten regions with the highest Covid-19 death rates

Tameside has the sixth highest death rate in the country at 230 per 100,000 population, while Rochdale’s rate – 223.8 – is the ninth highest in the country.

The figures, compiled by the ONS, include deaths in the community as well as in NHS hospitals and include data for all local authorities in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

They reveal that a total of 5,195 people have died in Greater Manchester within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. Of these, a total of 4,383 died in hospital, according to NHS statistics.

MEN previously reported how the NHS Trust in Wigan was the first in our region to record more coronavirus deaths in the second wave of the pandemic than in the first wave.

At Wigan Infirmary, 253 deaths were recorded until July 2, then a three-month period when the NHS reported no deaths from Covid-19 in the Trust.

However, since September 2, 373 deaths have been reported by the NHS Trust in Wigan, with 28 additional deaths in 2021 so far.

Nationwide, death rates have generally been highest in the north-west of England and parts of Kent and the south-east.



Death rates have been higher in the North West and South East of England

The lowest death rates in England – with less than 50 deaths per 100,000 population – were recorded in parts of Devon and Cornwall, as well as in Oxford and Cambridge and parts of East Anglia.

Of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, Bury has the 17th highest death rate in the country with 395 deaths equivalent to 206.8 deaths per 100,000 population.

Oldham is ranked 19th with 465 deaths, or 196.1 per 100,000 population.

In Bolton, which was hit hardest by local lockdowns after rising infection rates in the summer, there were 545 deaths, a rate of 189.5 deaths per 100,000 population and the country’s 27th arrondissement .

Salford reported a slightly lower death rate of 180.8, which is the 35th highest in the country.

Stockport is ranked 79th in the country on the latest figures with a death rate of 153.0.



Wigan has recorded the highest number of deaths in Greater Manchester and also has the highest rate per 100,000 population

In Trafford, a total of 341 deaths were recorded during the pandemic, which is the lowest number in Greater Manchester and equates to a rate of 143.7 per 100,000 population.

However, it is the city of Manchester that has the lowest death rate of any region in our region. There have been 737 recorded deaths in the city, but Manchester has by far the largest population of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Manchester’s death rate is 133.3 per 100,000 population, 119th higher of the 358 boroughs in England and Scotland.

In the Greater Manchester area, infection rates fell sharply during the second nationwide lockdown in December, but have started to climb again in recent days.

According to the latest figures released by Public Health England, the infection rate for the Greater Manchester area now stands at 412.7 cases per 100,000 population in the week ending January 4.

The number of positive cases rose 90% in one week with 11,704 people testing positive in the region during the seven days through Monday.

Infection rates in our region remain significantly lower than the national average, but are increasing faster here than in the rest of the country.

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