Cases are rising fastest in Trafford, which now has an infection rate above 100 for the first time, figures show

More than 200 cases of coronavirus were recorded in Manchester over a single day last week, latest official figures show.

It’s the first time a daily figure for the city has topped 200, and is likely due in part to an outbreak linked to two university halls of residence.

Public Health England figures, the latest available, today revealed 205 Covid-19 cases were recorded in Manchester last Thursday.

Today’s figures – to the week ending September 25 – added a further 486 cases onto the infection tally, down from 728 on Sunday.

Trafford’s infection rate – the number of people who test positive per 100,000 of the population – has now gone above 100 for the first time.

There were 66 cases in Trafford recorded last Thursday, and in the previous highest daily total there was only 36, the figures showed.

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The figures, for the seven days to September 25, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Data for the most recent three days – September 26-28 – has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

Knowsley has the highest rate in England, with 422 new cases recorded in the seven days to September 25 – the equivalent of 279.7 cases per 100,000 people, the figures show.

Burnley has the second highest rate, up sharply from 157.4 to 269.9 with 240 new cases.

Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has jumped from 165.4 to 262.2 with 1,306 new cases.

The government said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 4,044 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, taking the overall number of cases confirmed to 439,013.

The government also said a further 13 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,600 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.


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