Three boroughs in the ‘red’ alert level, one with the highest infection rate in the country.
Three boroughs teetering on the brink of of becoming ‘red’.
Only one borough in the entire region with an infection rate lower than the national average.
This is the coronavirus situation as things stand in Greater Manchester.
Bolton, locked down further on Saturday (September 5), has the highest infection infection rate in the country – at 104.3 per 10,000.
Oldham, where tighter restrictions have been in place for weeks, has a rate of 58.2.
Salford has joined those two boroughs in the ‘red’ zone – with a rate of 51.4.
Rochdale, Tameside and Manchester all have rates just under 50 – the trigger point for what the government deems to be the highest level of risk.
It comes as a leaked Public Health England document report suggested links between areas with the highest concentrations of coronavirus and deprivation, poor housing and ethnicity.
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The analysis, leaked to The Observer, was written for local government leaders and is said to relate to the north west.
The leaked report is said to state: “The overall analysis suggests Bolton, Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale never really left the epidemic phase – and that nine of the ten boroughs (of Greater Manchester) are currently experiencing an epidemic phase.”
Last week plans to ease local lockdowns in Bolton and Trafford were cancelled by the government following pressure from local politicians concerned at a spike in cases.
On Saturday, tighter restrictions were introduced in Bolton, with residents no longer allowed to mix with anyone outside their household and told they must only use public transport for ‘essential purposes’.
Those household measures remain in place in Oldham.
The latest figures show the infection rate is rising in six out of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.
Wigan and Stockport continue to have the lowest rates of infection in Greater Manchester, with Stockport’s level being lower than the national average.
Both have been released from the local lockdown measures introduceda across the region on July 31.