Bolton on the brink as Covid cases surpass 300 – and infection rates rise in Greater Manchester – fr

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Bolton on the brink as Covid cases surpass 300 – and infection rates rise in Greater Manchester – fr


Coronavirus infection rates in Bolton have now climbed to more than 300 cases per 100,000, according to the latest data from Public Health England.
The number of transmissions more than doubled to 301.5 in the city of Greater Manchester for a second week in a row, even as a Herculean effort to mass vaccinate thousands of residents has taken place.

The surge – which means rates are now 14 times the national average – was blamed on the so-called Indian variant that gained a foothold here.

But there are now also growing concerns about the significant spread throughout Greater Manchester, with all but three of the region’s 10 boroughs seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases in the past seven days.

Bury, Wigan and Trafford all had particularly disturbing jumps with increases of 79%, 23% and 22% respectively. Nearby, Blackburn with Darwen is also struggling with an ongoing spike.

Also worryingly, the growing number is now starting to translate into an increase in hospital admissions in Bolton itself.

Some 19 patients were being treated for Covid-19 at the Royal Bolton Hospital on Monday, according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock. Of those, five had been vaccinated once and one had been vaccinated twice, he said.

Referring to the Indian variant – officially a worrying variant – he said there were now a total of 2,323 cases found across the country. It was present, he added, in more than 80 different local government areas.

The developments will further increase the prospect of local restrictions being implemented just days after rules were eased across England on Monday.

Scientists have previously told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he should not have gone ahead with easing as long as there is so much uncertainty about the transmission and death rates of the new variant.

However, the PM faces warnings from Tory MPs, including Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of backbenchers, not to delay the final stage of lifting the lockdown next month or lose support.

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