Nearly 4,000 people across the North West have contracted coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the region’s figure up to 176,226 since the start of the pandemic.
It is one of the lowest daily rises recorded this week with Lancashire, the Liverpool City Region and now Greater Manchester under the toughest lockdown restrictions.
In Liverpool, another 299 people have contracted Covid-19 with the number was slightly higher in Manchester with 312. Some 189 new cases were recorded in Cheshire.
The number of confirmed cases has now risen from 172,226 yesterday to 176,185 today – a rise of 3,959.
It comes as two areas of Lancashire have leapfrogged Liverpool and Nottingham among England’s coronavirus hotspots after infection rates skyrocketed.
A week ago neither Blackburn nor Rossendale were in the country’s 10 worst affected areas, but a spike in cases now sees them in second and third place respectively – behind only Knowsley in Merseyside.
Parts of Greater Manchester also showed worrying rises, despite having been subject to local lockdown restrictions since August.
Four of the 10 areas with the highest infection rates saw week-on-week falls in the seven days to Monday, the latest data available.
These were Knowsley, Liverpool, Nottingham and Burnley.
Manchester, which was unceremoniously put in lockdown this week, has seen a slight fall in the number of infections.
But nearby Salford, Oldham, Bolton and Bury all recorded dramatic increases, the Public Health England figures reveal.
The data below includes the total number of cases and overall infection rate for each area since the pandemic began. Many of these cases will no longer be active.
These are the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by North West borough as of today (October 23):
There are 34,164 cases in Lancashire, 8359 in Bolton, 5107 in Bury, 5045 in Cheshire East, 4751 in Cheshire West and Chester, 5662 in Cumbria, 2982 in Halton, 5363 in Knowsley, 16354 in Liverpool, 16763 in Manchester, 7406 in Oldham, 6631 in Rochdale, 6677 in Salford, 6835 in Sefton, 4723 in St Helens, 5487 in Stockport, 5526 in Tameside, 4919 in Trafford, 4713 in Warrington, 7917 in Wigan and 6845 in Wirral.
The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 224, with 20,530 new cases confirmed.
The tragic figure – a sharp rise on the 189 fatalities announced yesterday – was released by the Department of Health and Social Care this evening.
It is nearly three times higher than two weeks ago, and six times more than it was a month ago, on September 23.
Today’s increase brings the official death toll since the start of the pandemic to 44,571. It is the second time this week the daily increase has topped 200 after 241 were announced on Tuesday.
Earlier today health authorities confirmed 167 deaths in hospitals – with 131 in England, 18 in Scotland, 13 in Wales and five in Northern Ireland.
A week ago the daily death toll was 136, while a fortnight ago it was 77.
There was some encouraging news today, with scientists announcing that the virus’s reproduction number, or R value, has dropped slightly in the North West – although it still remains above 1.
However data from the Office for National Statistics suggests that between 407,500 and 459,300 people in the community had the virus at any point in the week to October 16.
That is up from between 312,000 and 362,000 people the previous week.
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