Coronavirus cases are continuing to surge significantly in all Greater Manchester boroughs except Bolton the latest infection rate data shows.
Despite some signs the increases of the past few days may be slowing ever so slightly, the number of cases more than doubled in week-on-week Stockport and Trafford and almost doubled in Salford.
All ten boroughs now have a rate of over 100, double the national average, with five having rates of over 200 after the latest jumps in the numbers.
It comes amid calls from Andy Burnham and local health leaders for a huge surge in local vaccinations to try and get ahead of the rises following the region’s being designated as an ‘enhanced response area’ by the government yesterday (Tuesday).
The rate in Bolton, which has been under enhanced measures for several weeks now, continues to fall, down 18 percent to 310.6, the latest figures from Public Health England show.
There were 893 positive Covid-19 tests in Bolton in the week ending June 5, which is 195 fewer than the previous seven days.
However, despite the decrease, its rate remains the highest in the region and the third highest in the country behind Blackburn with Darwen and Rossendale.
Elsewhere it is a similar picture with all boroughs except Oldham seeing a weekly rise in cases of over 50pc.
The gap between Bolton’s rate and that of the Greater Manchester borough with the second-highest, Salford, continues to close.
There were 626 positive tests over the last week in Salford, 308 more than in the previous week.
The week-on-week trend in Salford is up by 97pc and the latest infection rate is 241.9 cases per 100,000 people.
Manchester is only marginally behind.
In Manchester, the latest infection rate is 229.5 and the number of cases has gone up by 811pc.
A total of 1269 people tested positive for Covid in Manchester over the seven days ending on June 5, 569 more than the week before.
Bury recorded 394 cases, 162 more than in the previous seven days.
The latest infection rate in Bury is 206.3, up 70pc week-on-week.
Stockport’s rate has also now gone over the 200 mark following another sharp increase.
There were 597 positive tests there in the last week, 361 more than the previous.
That is up by 153pc compared to the previous week.
The latest infection rate in Stockport is 203.5.
Wigan saw a total of 531 cases in the week ending June 5, 248 more than the previous week, a rise of 88pc.
That means its latest infection rate is now 161.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Cases more than doubled in Trafford, with a 112pc rise in cases over the last week.
The borough recorded 376 positive tests over the seven-day period, 199 more than the previous week.
That leaves its infection rate now 158.4 cases per 100,000.
In Rochdale, the number of cases is up by 60pc compared to the previous week – leaving the infection rate at 149.3.
There were 332 positive Covid-19 tests in Rochdale, 125 more than the previous seven days.
The rate of growth appears to have slowed slightly in Tameside but its still trend is still up following an 81pc rise in its rate.
There were 237 cases recorded in Tameside, which is 106 more than the previous week.
Oldham still has the lowest rate in the region and recorded the slowest increase at 35pc.
The region, recorded 244 positive tests in the last week ending June 5, 63 more than the previous.
However, at 102.9 its rate is still double the national average.
In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 193.9.
A total of 5,499 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on June 5.
The Greater Manchester weekly total has increased by 1946 cases compared to the previous week, which means the infection rate was up 55pc in the last week.