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Drop in coronavirus cases in every borough of Greater Manchester

Covid-19 infection rates have fallen significantly in all boroughs of Greater Manchester.

All 10 boroughs of the city-region now have an infection rate of below 2,000 new cases per 100,000 people, with cases dropping across the country.

In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 1,750.8 cases per 100,000 residents.

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The infection rate in the region is higher than the national average, which is 1,476.7 cases per 100,000 people.

While cases continue to drop sharply, Covid deaths are still rising.

Rochdale now has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the region, replacing Salford.

The borough recorded a rate of 1,900.2 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending January 10, according to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency.

This amounted to 902 fewer cases than the previous seven days, a fall of 18 per cent.

There were 4,959 positive tests over the last week in Salford, 1,893 fewer than in the previous week.

The week-on-week trend in Salford is down by 28 per cent and the latest infection rate is 1,887.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Wigan saw one of the biggest drops in new cases this week.

The borough saw a 3,000 fewer cases in the seven days to January 10 – a 33 per cent fall in cases – equalling an infection rate of 1,863.6 new positive tests per 100,000 residents.

Tameside and Bolton recorded the next highest rates in the latest round of figures.

Covid infection rates across Greater Manchester in the seven days to January 10

Both saw over 1,000 fewer cases this week compared to the last, with Tameside having an infection rate of 1,859 per 100,000 and Bolton recording a rate of 1,849.1 per 100,000.

This was a drop of 25 per cent for Tameside and 18 per cent for Bolton.

Oldham saw one of the highest fall in cases this week, with a drop of 29 per cent.

The borough saw a total of 3,931 cases in the week ending January 10, 1,599 fewer than the previous week.

This gave the area an infection rate of 1,654.3 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Manchester no longer has the lowest infection rate for the region, despite a further fall in cases.

Manchester recorded 9,134 positive Covid-19 tests over the seven-day period, 2,110 fewer than the previous week, giving it an infection rate of 1,643.6 per 100,000 residents.

In Trafford, the number of cases is down by 26 per cent compared to the previous week – leaving the infection rate at 1,643.2 cases per 100,000 population.

And in Bury there was a 29 per cent drop in cases, equal to 1,258 fewer cases, giving the borough an infection rate of 1,610.3 new cases per 100,000 residents.

The lowest infection rate is now in Stockport, where the rate is 1591.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Stockport recorded 4,683 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending January 10, which is 2,636 fewer than the previous 7 days, a drop of 36 per cent.

While cases have dropped significantly, the number of people dying in Greater Manchester hospitals from Covid-19 has continued to rise.

In the week ending January 10, a total of 115 people died within 28 days of a positive Covid test across the region’s hospitals, 41 more than the week before.

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