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Coronavirus infection rate in Bolton falls to its lowest since September

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The coronavirus infection rate in Bolton is now the lowest it has been since the start of September.

On September 1 last year, the infection rate in the borough was 94.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Now, the infection rate is 94.9 cases per 100,000 people.

There were 273 positive Covid-19 tests in the borough in the week ending March 7.

The figure is 163 fewer compared with the previous seven days – a 37 per cent fall in total.

Overall, coronavirus infection rates across Greater Manchester have continued to fall, according the latest figures from Public Health England (PHE).

Nine boroughs recorded double digit reduction in infection rates for the week ending March 7 compared the previous week.

But the dramatic falls recorded in those boroughs weren’t reflected in Salford, which registered 283 positive tests over the last week – some twelve fewer than in the previous week.

The infection rate in Bolton has gone below 100 cases per 100,000 people for the first time in six months

The infection rate in Bolton has gone below 100 cases per 100,000 people for the first time in six months

It means the week-on-week trend in Salford is down by four per cent with an infection rate of 109.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Salford was one of three boroughs which recorded triple-digit infection rates in Greater Manchester.

Rochdale continues to have the highest coronavirus infection rate in Greater Manchester.

The borough recorded a rate of 117.8 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending March 7, according to the latest data from PHE published today (Thursday).

The lowest infection rate is in Trafford, which recorded 59 cases per 100,000 people – the only Greater Manchester below the national infection rate of 59.6.

A total of 6,583 people in Greater Manchester have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test during the pandemic. In the week ending March 7 there were 49 Covid-19 deaths recorded in the region, 41 fewer than in the previous seven days.

In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 89.4 cases per 100,000 population, markedly higher than the national average, which is 59.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The infection rate in Greater Manchester was down 28 per cent in the last week and is currently falling faster than in England as a whole.

A total of 2,536 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on March 7. The Greater Manchester weekly total has decreased by 976 cases compared to the previous week.

Rates have fallen in Greater Manchester

At the start of the national lockdown on January 5, the infection rate in Greater Manchester was 427.6 cases per 100,000 and the rate peaked on January 8 at 461.5.

Since then, the infection rate in the region has fallen to 89.4 cases per 100,000 – a drop of 81 per cent.

In Stockport, the number of cases is going down by 36 per cent compared to the previous week – leaving the infection rate at 80.8 cases per 100,000 population.

There were 237 positive Covid-19 tests in Stockport in the week ending March 7, 136 fewer than the previous seven days.

Bury saw a total of 163 cases in the week ending March 7, 101 fewer than the previous week. That is a fall of 38 per cent.

In Bury, the most recent coronavirus infection rate is now 85.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Trafford recorded 140 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending March 7, which is 62 fewer than the previous seven days. The coronavirus infection rate in Trafford is now 59.0 cases per 100,000 people and is down by 31 per cent week-on-week.

Nine boroughs recorded double digit reduction in infection rates

Wigan recorded 315 coronavirus cases, 101 fewer than in the previous seven days. The latest infection rate in Wigan is 95.8 cases per 100,000 people and that is down 24 per cent week-on-week.

The city borough of Manchester registered 78.5 cases per 100,000 people. There were 434 cases recorded in Manchester, 199 fewer than the previous week – a fall of 31 per cent.

In Rochdale, there were 262 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending March 7, which is 55 fewer than the previous seven days.

Rochdale has the highest infection rate in the region. The infection rate in Rochdale is up slightly compared with the previous day but the week-on-week trend is down by 17 per cent.

In Tameside, the latest infection rate is 103.8 cases per 100,000 people and the number of cases has gone down by 21 per cent.

A total of 235 people tested positive for Covid in Tameside over the seven days ending on March 7, 64 fewer than the week before.

There was a fall of 30 per cent in cases in Oldham over the week ending March 7, and the infection rate is now 81.8 cases per 100,000 population.

Oldham recorded 194 positive Covid-19 tests over the seven-day period, 83 fewer than the previous week.

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