Coronavirus: Oldham's infection rate figures continue to rise

Date published: 07 August 2020

Oldham's coronavirus infection rate figures continue to rise sharply despite the whole of Greater Manchester having a local lockdown imposed on its 10 Boroughs last week.

Figures released yesterday afternoon (Thursday) show that Oldham's infection rate has now reached 67.9 per 100,000 people after there were 161 positive cases in the week up until Monday, August 3.

That is the largest weekly total since May 8.

There have been more than 100 positive cases in Oldham in the few days since the new measures were imposed at midnight on Thursday, July 30, and this figure is set to rise as late test results are added in the coming days.

Other areas seeing sharper increases in infection rates include neighbouring Tameside and Salford, which both now have a higher rate than Trafford, where the number of cases has fallen in the last week.

The latest figures show Oldham remains at alert level 'red', while Manchester, Rochdale, Tameside, Salford, Trafford and Stockport are rated 'amber'.

Stricter lockdown measures were announced last Thursday after a spike in infections.

The new measures covered the whole of Greater Manchester, as well as parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

People in Greater Manchester have been banned from meeting each other inside their homes or in gardens, and households can no longer mix inside pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues.

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