Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Trafford now has the highest infection rate for coronavirus in the UK – and cases are rising sharply among all age groups.

The district has overtaken Kettering as the country’s covid hotspot, the latest figures show.

Cases in Trafford increase by 61 percent from week to week.

And while infections increase most dramatically in 0-14-year-olds, all other age groups also show a sharp increase in the number of cases.

For 10-14 year olds, the Covid infection rate is currently over 3,000 – this is equivalent to about one in 30 young people testing positive in just one week.

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Trafford’s infection rate has skyrocketed in recent weeks.

The building registered a rate of 832.6 cases per. 100,000 people in the week ending October 7, according to the latest data from the UK Health Agency.

There were nearly 2,000 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending October 7, which is 750 more than the previous seven days.

On Friday, health officials announced they were asking students and staff to wear masks again after 29 outbreaks in schools.

About every third child aged 0-14 years in Trafford has tested positive for covid in the last week, the latest data show.

Speaking on Monday, Trafford councilor Andrew Western said the increase was “primarily driven” by infections among school children.

He added: “We are working across the council to address the increase in rates in line with advice from public health colleagues.

“Although the frequency has increased significantly, this is primarily driven by an increase in infections in our school-age population, which statistically are much less likely to become seriously ill from covid.

“That said, we need to bring our prices down in Trafford and I would urge everyone to follow public health guidance so that together we can bring this increase to an end.”

But recent figures also show infection rates among 35-49-year-olds and 50-59-year-olds more than doubled over the past month, while the rate among retirees is also starting to creep up again.

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