Covid-19: only these five Greater Manchester neighbourhoods saw a rise in infections this week

Coronavirus infections have fallen in hundreds of neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester.

There are just five local areas in the entire region where cases of Covid-19 rose in the last week.

A total of 24,996 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on 18 January.

In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 881.5 cases per 100,000 population.

The infection rate in the region is lower than the national average, which is 973.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The region’s weekly total has decreased by 16,508 cases compared to the previous week, which means the infection rate was down 40 % in the last week.

From Thursday 27 January, the government has agreed to lift a large portion of Plan B rules in England which have been in place since December.

Speaking to the Commons ahead of the announcement, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was “cautiously optimistic that we will be able to substantially reduce restrictions next week.”

This includes scrapping the mandatory wearing of masks in classrooms and in indoor public spaces, although the Prime Minister has urged people to still ‘think about’ wearing a mask when in public environments.

Face masks no longer have to be worn in school classrooms in England (Photo: Getty Images)

What does local data show?

According to the latest local data, the top 10 local infection hotspots for the virus are spread across Salford, Tameside, Bury, Trafford, Rochdale and Manchester.

However each area is seeing much lower infection rates than in the first weeks after the Christmas period where they exceeded more than 3,000 per 100,000 residents.

Coronavirus ‘hotspots’ and ‘notspots’ can be revealed via an interactive map charting the number of positive Covid-19 test results in each neighbourhood across the country using government data.

It shows the number of infections per local area, broken down into neighbourhoods containing roughly 7,000 people.

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

Covid-19 rates in Greater Manchester Credit: gov.uk

In the week to 18 January, the latest hyperlocal data shows the biggest hotspot was Barton upon Irwell in Salford.

It recorded an infection rate of 1,548.1, with 104 new incidences of the virus, a drop of 13 cases.

In second place is Denton West, in Tameside, where there were 73 cases and the rate was 1,489.2.

The Bury neighbourhood of Prestwich Central follows with a rate of 1,460.3, and 94 cases of Covid-19 being recorded.

Partington, in Trafford, is in fourth place with 122 new cases and a local infection rate of 1,432.8 per 100,000 people.

Next is Wardleworth and Newbold Brow in Rochdale, where the 139 weekly cases led to a rate of 1,376.8.

Ashton East in Tameside is in sixth place with 97 new cases of Covid-19, totalling an infection rate of 1,348.5.

West Timperley in Trafford had a rate of 1,302.6 in the week to January 18, with 114 people testing positive for coronavirus.

In eighth place is the Manchester neighbourhood of Clayton Vale, where 106 cases of the virus were recorded.

This works out as a local infection rate of 1,294.4 per 100,000 people.

Hurst Cross in Tameside is next with 110 cases, equalling a rate of 1,294.4.

Finally Prestwich East, in Bury, is in tenth place with 99 cases and a local infection rate of 1,291.6.

Where are rates lowest?

At the other end of the scale, the Stockport neighbourhood of High Lane has the lowest infection rate in the region, standing at just 436.3 with 25 new cases.

It is followed by University North and Whitworth Street in Manchester with 49 cases and a rate of 441.6.

In third place is the Trafford neighbourhood of Bowdon, where 39 people tested positive in the week to January 18.

This equals a rate of 486.8 per 100,000 people.

Heaviley in Stockport is next with 42 new cases and a rate of 508.2.

In fifth place is Romiley and Compstall, also in Stockport.

The 41 cases recorded there convert to an infection rate of 531.2.

Piccadilly and Ancoats in Manchester follows with a rate of 532.6 and 105 new cases of Covid-19.

This was a drop of 87 cases from the previous week.

Fallowfield Central, also in Oldham, is in seventh place with a local rate of 548.4, and 65 cases recorded in the week to January 18.

Heald Green East in Stockport also makes it into the top ten areas with the lowest infection rates with a rate of 550.7 and 39 new cases.

Hazel Grove East and South, also in Stockport is in ninth place with 33 incidences of the virus, resulting in an infection rate of 562.4.

Finally Wood End in Oldham is in tenth place with a rate of 577.3 from 34 new cases.