Tue. Aug 3rd, 2021

Coronavirus infection rates are soaring across Greater Manchester, with the NHS braced for the potential impact of ‘freedom day’.

The latest statistics, which only run until Friday last week, show cases are on the rise in all ten of our boroughs.

Positive cases have increased by more than 40 per cent in Wigan, Stockport and Bury in comparison with the previous week, and by almost a half in Bolton.

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Wigan has now overtaken Oldham as having the highest infection rates across our region, with 786.8 cases per 100,000 people.

The only borough which has infection rates lower than the national average is Bolton.

A total of 17,988 people tested positive across Greater Manchester, in the week to July 16.


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Cases are further expected to rise once the figures take into account the relaxing of lockdown restrictions, which came into force on Monday.

Legal requirements to wear a face mask and observe social distancing were lifted.

Health bosses hope the roll out of the vaccine will mean fewer people will be admitted to hospital suffering from the virus than previously.

Hospital admissions

In the week to July 11, 308 patients were admitted to NHS hospitals in Greater Manchester with coronavirus. That is 70 more than the week before, a rise of 29 per cent

On Tuesday, July 13, there were 59 Mechanical Ventilation (MV) beds occupied by Covid patients in Greater Manchester NHS hospitals. That is the same as a week earlier.

This is the most recent available data for hospital admissions, as figures for NHS trusts are not updated daily.


In the week ending July 16, 28 people died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test across Greater Manchester, which is four more than the week before.

Cases reported in each of the ten boroughs

In Rochdale , cases have increased by 22 per cent.

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A total of 1,596 people tested positive over the seven days ending on July 16, 289 more than the week before.

In Manchester , infections are up by 17 per cent.

A total of 3,210 positive tests were recorded, 459 more than the previous week.

Cases are also rising in Tameside , with a 37 per cent increase recorded

There were 1,488 positive tests, 403 more than the previous seven days.

Stockport saw a total of 1,721 cases in the week ending July 16, 525 more than the previous week.

That represents a rise of 44 per cent.

Bolton , which has the lowest infection rate in the region, recorded 1380 positive tests which was 446 more than the previous seven days.

That marks an increase of 48 per cent.

In Bury there was a 45 per cent increase in cases.

A total of 1,109 positive tests was recorded over the seven day period, 342 more than the previous week.

There were 1,865 positive tests over the last week in Oldham , 361 more than in the previous week.

The figures represent a 24 per cent increase.

In Trafford 1,300 cases were recorded, 15 more than the previous week, marking a one per cent rise.

Salford recorded 1,733 coronavirus cases, 334 more than in the previous seven days.

That represents a 24 per cent week-on-week increase.

In Wigan , there were 2,586 positive tests, 805 more than the previous seven days.

The figures represent a 45 per cent increase, with the town now having the highest infection rate in the region.

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