Latest Covid-19 figures reveal Tameside is one of only 13 areas in England where rates have gone up in the last week.

It is one of just three areas in the north west to show an increasing trend in infection rates – alongside Copeland in western Cumbria and the South Lakes.

The percentage change in cases is reported week-on-week, not day-by-day.

The latest rates, published by Public Health England on Thursday, are for the week ending February 14, and the percentage change is comparing that figure with the rate for the previous seven days, week ending February 7.

There were 446 cases in Tameside in the week to February 14, which is 40 more cases than in the previous week.

The figures mean the infection rate in Tameside has gone up by 10 per cent in a week and is now 196.9 cases per 100,000 people.

The latest infection rates for Greater Manchester
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In Greater Manchester, all 10 boroughs remain above the national average, which stands in the latest figures at 133.2 cases per 100,000.

However with the exception of Tameside, all boroughs showed a week-on-week fall in infection rates – including Bury.

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Provisional data shows the infection rate may continue to rise in Tameside for the next couple of days.

It may also edge back up in Bury tomorrow – Friday, the Manchester Evening News understands.

Rates are up compared with yesterday in Bury, but they are still down week-on-week.

The infection rate in Greater Manchester as a whole is 187.1 with 5,304 cases in the week ending February 14.

That is 940 fewer cases than the previous week and a fall of 15 per cent.

All boroughs showed week-on-week falls, bar Tameside
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The infection rate has been falling in Greater Manchester for the last 35 days since reaching a peak of 461.5 on January 8.

It means the rate in Greater Manchester has now fallen nearly 60 per cent from the peak level on Jan 8.

Bolton has the highest infection rate in Greater Manchester – and also the 15th highest in the country – but that is down 20 per cent week-on-week.

Trafford has the lowest current infection rate in Greater Manchester.

Rochdale all saw a sharp decrease in week-on-week infections in the latest figures – a fall of 21 per cent.

A vaccine jab being administered in Oldham
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Case rates in England are also continuing to fall among all age groups, Public Health England said.

The highest rate is among 30 to 39-year-olds, which stood at 192.5 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to February 14, down week-on-week from 270.8.

Among 20 to 29-year-olds the rate dropped from 253.2 to 173.4, and for 40 to 49-year-olds it fell from 232.2 to 162.9.

For people aged 80 and over, the rate fell from 208.0 to 129.6.

On vaccinations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on February 14 that everyone in England in the top four priority groups, including those aged 80 and over, had been offered the vaccine.

Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside
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Government data up to yesterday, February 17, the latest available, shows that of the 16,996,806 jabs given in the UK so far, 16,423,082 were first doses – a rise of 482,110 on the previous day.

Some 573,724 were second doses, an increase of 15,147 on figures released the previous day.

The Government sadly confirmed a further 454 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK total to 119,387.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 139,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 12,057 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total in the UK to 4,083,242.

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