The overall coronavirus infection rate for Greater Manchester has gone up in the past 24 hours for the first time in more than six weeks.

On January 8, the latest spike in positive cases peaked with an infection rate for the region of 461 per 100,000 people.

Since then it has been in fairly rapid decline across the region.

But in the past week a number of boroughs have started to show a reversal of that trend and report a rise in cases each day.

The M.E.N has been tracking both the daily infection rate, and the week-on-week rate which is a better indication of the overall pattern.

On Tuesday, Greater Manchester’s daily infection rate was 178 cases per 100,000 and the weekly rate was still falling by 8 per cent.

However, today the daily infection rate is 181 and the weekly decline has shrunk to just 5 per cent.

There are now seven of the region’s ten boroughs showing a bump in positive cases in the past 24 hours.

Only Salford, Wigan and Oldham saw numbers drop overnight.

Overall, the weekly infection rate is still declining in eight of the ten boroughs, only Bury and Tameside are increasing.

So it is still too early to tell whether tonight’s marker will translate into a significant trend for the region.

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Politicians and public health bosses are continuing to monitor the numbers with some fears that the effects of the national lockdown may be wearing off.

At a press conference today, Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester council ad the region’s health lead, admitted our infection rates are ‘not going down fast enough’.

He pointed to Bury where there has been several days of positive cases increasing and said while it’s ‘too early to say’ if it is a trend, it is an ‘area of concern’.

Bolton is once again the borough with the highest infection rate in Greater Manchester with 236.5 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending February 20.

Leader of Manchester council Sir Richard Leese
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There were 446 positive tests in Bury for the same period, and that is 60 more than in the previous week.

The week-on-week change is up by 16 per cent.

In Tameside, the number of cases has gone up by 1 per cent. A total of 441 people tested positive for Covid and that is 3 more than the week before.

Stockport recorded 540 cases in the week ending February 20, which is 5 fewer than the previous 7 days and down 1 per cent.

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The trend is down in Salford, where there were 465 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending February 20, which is 75 fewer than the previous 7 days.

That is down by 14 per cent compared to the previous week.

Manchester saw a total of 959 cases in week ending February 20, which is 78 fewer than the previous week. That is a fall of 8 per cent.

There was a fall of 3 per cent in cases in Rochdale over the week ending February 20. Rochdale recorded 385 positive Covid-19 tests, and that is 13 fewer than the previous week.

In Wigan, the number of cases was down by 3 per cent. There were 558 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending February 20, which is 19 fewer than the previous 7 days.

There were 346 cases recorded in Oldham, which is 101 fewer than the previous week – a fall of 23 per cent.

Trafford, which has the lowest infection rate in the region at 131.9, recorded 313 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending February 20, which is 16 fewer than the previous 7 days. The rate in Trafford, is down by 5 per cent.

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