Greater Manchester’s Covid-19 infection rate has crept above 300 for the first time since November 19.
It is currently 300.9 per 100,000 people in the seven days up to December 31.
That represents a 45 per cent week-on-week increase and is the first time it has risen above 300 since November 19.
Despite the rising number of cases here, our region’s rates are still well below the English rate – which is currently 537.5.
The fastest growth is happening in Wigan, where cases are up 75 per cent week-on-week.
Cases are also climbing quickly in Tameside and Stockport.
Coronavirus cases across the country are continuing to soar – a factor blamed on the new more infectious variant.
England will enter a national lockdown again from Tuesday (January 5).
School and colleges will close to all but vulnerable children and those of key workers.
In a televised address on Monday (January 4), Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new strain – which is 50 to 70 per cent more transmissible – was spreading in a “frustrating and alarming” manner.
“As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic,” he said.
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