Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

Trafford now has the highest coronavirus infection rate in England – and cases are soaring among all age groups.

The borough has overtaken Kettering as the nation’s covid hotspot, the latest figures show.

Cases in Trafford are up 61 per cent week-on-week.

And while infections are rising most dramatically in 0-14-year-olds, all other age groups are also showing a sharp increase in cases.

For 10-14 year olds the Covid infection rate is currently over 3,000 – that equates to around one in 30 youngsters testing positive in just one week.

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Trafford’s infection rate has rocketed in recent weeks.

The borough recorded a rate of 832.6 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending October 7, according to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency.

There were almost 2,000 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending October 7, that’s 750 more than the previous seven days.

On Friday health officials announced they were asking pupils and staff to once again wearing masks following 29 outbreaks in schools.

Around one in every 30 children aged 0-14 in Trafford has tested positive for covid in the last week, the latest data shows.

Speaking on Monday Trafford council leader Andrew Western said the surge was being ‘primarily driven’ by infections among school children.

He added: “We are working across the council to address the rise in rates, in line with advice from public health colleagues.

“While the rate has increased significantly this is primarily driven by a surge in infections in our school-age population, who are statistically much less likely to become seriously ill from covid.

“That said we do need to get our rates down in Trafford and I would encourage everybody to follow public health guidance so that together we can bring this surge to an end.”

But the latest figures also show infection rates among 35-49-year-olds and 50-59-year-olds have more than doubled over the last month, while the rate among pensioners is also starting to creep up again.

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