The Greater Manchester district now has the highest Covid infection rate outside London

Coronavirus infections continue to rise sharply across the country.

A further 17,269 cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 were reported across the UK on Tuesday (December 28), bringing the total number of confirmed Omicron cases to 17,201.

Last week, the Manchester Evening News reported that there were six ‘black spots’ in Greater Manchester, where the number of positive Covid-19 cases had become very high.

The districts with very high case numbers are colored black on the government’s interactive map, which maps the number of positive coronavirus test results in the country.

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It shows the number of infections per area, divided into neighborhoods of about 7,000 people.

The number of new cases is then used to calculate the infection rate per 100,000 people.

While there were six of these black spots last week, there are now more than 30 in the urban region.

Only London has more black spots than Greater Manchester, where local authorities in the capital register the highest number of positive cases in the country, such as Lambeth and Wandsworth.

But outside of London, the Salford Central and University districts register the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases per capita. 100,000 people in the country.

Salford Central Station
Salford Central Station

This area includes Salford University, Salford Central Railway Station, Chapel Street on the way in and out of Manchester city center, and Silk Street and Blackfriars Road on the way across Broughton Bridge.

The construction of new apartment blocks in recent years has made this area a coveted place to live with a growing student matching.

However, it seems to have become a hotspot for Covid in recent weeks.

The Islington Marina
The Islington Marina

During the seven days to December 23, 518 new positive cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the area, 247 more than the week before.

This gives the neighborhood a total infection rate of 3,195.8 new cases per year. 100,000 people.

Not far from Salford Central and the University, Hulme Park and St George’s, around Chester and Chorlton Road, produced another high infection rate of 3,154.4 per year. 100,000 people.

Other areas of Manchester city center are also experiencing a large number of new cases.

New Islington and Miles Platting had an infection rate of 2,889.5 per year. 100,000 in the seven days to December 23, when City Center North and Collyhurst recorded a rate of 2,909 per. 100,000.

West Didsbury Tram Station on Palatine Road
West Didsbury Tram Station on Palatine Road

In southern Manchester, Withington West registers a significant infection rate of 2,919.5 per year. 100,000, while West Didsbury is also high with an infection rate of 2,832.2 per. 100,000.

Sale and Chorlton have also had a rising infection rate in recent weeks.

Sale East produced an infection rate of 2,081.1 per. 100,000, with Beech Road and Chorlton Meadows, Chorlton South and Chorlton North recording frequencies of 2,806.7, 2,708.7 and 2,378.4 cases per year, respectively. 100,000 people in the 2nd of December.

Alexandra Park in Oldham experienced the fewest positive cases in the seven days leading up to 23 December.

The area registered only 44 new positive cases of Covid-19, giving it an infection rate of 361 per. 100,000.

Use the interactive map to see how many cases are in your area here.


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