Coronavirus infection rates in two Greater Manchester boroughs have topped 2,000 for the first time.
It comes as more than 50,000 people in Greater Manchester tested positive for coronavirus last week, the latest figures show.
Infection rates are surging in all 10 boroughs as the Omicron variant continues to fuel record numbers.
Salford, which continues to be the worst-affected area in in Greater Manchester, and Stockport saw their infection rates climb above 2,000 last week
If current trends continue Tameside, Wigan and Trafford look likely to follow suit in the coming days.
A total of 50,968 people tested positive across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on December 28, according to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency.
That’s up by 17,607 cases week-on-week, a 53 per cent increase.
Greater Manchester’s infection rate is now 1,797.4 cases per 100,000 people. The national average is 1,376.7.
The infection rate is higher than the national average in all 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester.
In the week ending on December 26, a total of 414 patients were admitted to Greater Manchester NHS hospitals with Covid-19. That is 155 more than the week before, a rise of 60 per cent.
On Tuesday December 28, there were 27 Mechanical Ventilation (MV) beds occupied by Covid patients in Greater Manchester NHS hospitals. That is seven fewer than a week earlier.
This is the most recent available data for hospital admissions, the figures for NHS trusts are not updated daily.
In the week ending December 28, a total of 46 people died within 28 days of a positive Covid test across Greater Manchester, which is one fewer than the week before.
Cases reported in each of the 10 boroughs
Wigan recorded 6,239 coronavirus cases, which is 3,328 more than in the previous seven days.
The latest infection rate in Wigan is 1886.5 cases per 100,000 people and that is up 114 per cent week-on-week.
In Rochdale the number of cases is up by 84 per cent compared to the previous week – leaving the infection rate at 1,607.4 cases per 100,000 population.
There were 3,595 positive Covid-19 tests in Rochdale in the week ending December 28, which was 1,637 more than the previous seven days.
There were 4467 positive Covid-19 tests in Trafford in the week ending December 28, which is 974 more than the previous seven days. That’s up by 28 per cent compared to the previous week.
The latest infection rate in Trafford is 1,880.2 cases per 100,000 people.
Bolton recorded 4,119 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending December 28, which is 1,616 more than the previous seven days.
The coronavirus infection rate in Bolton is now 1429.0 cases per 100,000 people and is up by 65 per cent week-on-week.
There were 5,910 positive tests over the last week in Stockport , which is 2,126 more than in the previous week.
The week-on-week trend in Stockport is up by 56 per cent and the latest infection rate is 2,008.9 cases per 100,000 people.
In Salford there were 5,292 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending December 28, which is 1,483 more than the previous seven days.
The infection rate in Salford is up slightly compared with the previous day and the week-on-week trend is up by 39 per cent.
Oldham’s latest infection rate is 1,589.0 cases per 100,000 people.
There were 3,776 cases recorded in Oldham, which is 1,747 more than the previous week – a rise of 86 per cent.
In Tameside the latest infection rate is 1,909.1 cases per 100,000 people and the number of cases has gone up by 80 per cent.
A total of 4,336 people tested positive for Covid in Tameside over the seven days ending on December 28, which is 1,923 more than the week before.
There was a rise of 50 per cent in cases in Bury over the week ending December 28, and the infection rate is now 1,723.6 cases per 100,000 population.
Bury recorded 3,287 positive Covid-19 tests over the seven-day period, and that is 1,090 more than the previous week.
Manchester saw a total of 9,947 cases in the week ending December 28, which is 1,683 more than the previous week. That’s a rise of 20 per cent.
In Manchester, the most recent coronavirus infection rate is now 1,89.9 cases per 100,000 people.