Covid tests: what percentage are positive in your part of Greater Manchester?

It’s that time of year when there are lots of viruses and bugs around, prompting a rise in trips to Covid test centres - but how many tests taken come back with positive results?

The proportion of Covid-19 tests coming back positive in England has increased over the past week, new data shows.

UK government data reveals the proportion of positive tests had been declining, dipping just under 6% on the 16 and 17 September, before rising to almost 7% in the last few days.

The number of people taking PCR tests is steadily rising, with recent figures showing over 2.8 million tested in the seven days to 24 September , up from 2.6 million a week earlier.

But the proportion of people testing positive is rising with it.

The positivity rate is the percentage of people who have tested positive for the virus out of everyone who has been tested.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given a 5% limit on positivity test rates to determine whether the pandemic is under control – but only 46 councils in England were under 5% in the week to 23 September, none of which are in Greater Manchester.

Here, we looked at the figures for Greater Manchester, with the highest % of positive tests first:

Tameside: 11.2% of tests were positive on 24 September, up from 9.7% on 18 September.

Stockport: 10.3% of tests were positive on 24 September, up from 8.7% on 18 September.

Trafford: 8.9% of tests were positive on 24 September, up from 8.1% on 18 September.

Oldham: 8.6% of tests were positive on 24 September, down from 8.9% on 18 September.

Wigan: 8.3% of tests were positive on 24 September, up from 7.5% on 18 September.

Bury: 7.2% of tests were positive on 24 September, up from 6.6% on 18 September.

Bolton: 6.7% of tests were positive on 24 September, down from 6.8% on 18 September.

Salford: 6.6% of tests were positive on 24 September, up from 6.5% on 18 September.

Rochdale: 6% of tests were positive on 24 September, down from 6.7% on 18 September.

Manchester: 5.1% of tests were positive on 24 September, down from 5.2%