Another 689 North West cases as region awaits lockdown announcement

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the North West has jumped to 57,911 after another huge daily rise in positive tests.

A further 689 cases were recorded across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria in the last 24 hours – one of the biggest regional daily rises in months.

It comes as the Government is tomorrow (September 11) expected to update the local lockdown restrictions affecting many parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester with fears growing that some areas could be added to the list.

New Public Health England figures published this evening (September 10) shows that seven out of the top 10 highest infection rates in England are in the North West, with Bolton first, Preston third, Tameside fourth, Salford fifth, Blackburn with Darwen eighth, Burnley ninth and Hyndburn tenth.

In Bolton, 462 new cases were recorded in the seven days to September 7 – the equivalent of 160.7 per 100,000 people. This is the highest rate in England and it is up sharply from 80.0 in the seven days to August 31.

Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester, Bury, Wirral and Liverpool all make up the top 20 with a total of 17 North West areas now classed as ‘red alert’ as their infection rates are above 50 per 100,000 people.

Greater Manchester has now had 2,029 positive cases in the week ending September 7, the first time the number has gone above 2,000 since April 24, reports the MEN. At that point the country was still in full lockdown.

The entire Merseyside region is likely to be placed on the government’s national coronavirus watch list tomorrow, according to the ECHO.

Liverpool and Wirral have been particularly badly hit by a rapid increase in cases in recent days, but numbers are also rising quickly in other areas like Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens.

While the rising number of positive cases has yet to translate into deaths, health experts are of the opinion that it is only a matter of time.

Other European countries including France have seen a similar pattern of rising infection rates following by increasing number of people requiring treatment in Intensive Care Units.

Earlier this week, the Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said 35 people were admitted to the region’s hospitals with coronavirus over the last seven days – nearly four times higher than three weeks ago.

In Lancashire, the areas managed by Lancashire County Council now have 8,866 positive tests of Covid-19. In Blackpool there are now 1,140 while in Blackburn with Darwen the number has risen to 1,988.

Blackburn with Darwen recorded the biggest daily rise in the county for the second consecutive day with 25 cases while Preston’s tally rose by 23.

Another 131 new cases were registered across 13 Lancashire boroughs since yesterday while Cumbria’s tally rose to 3,115.

Large rises in new cases were also recorded in Bolton, Bury, Cheshire East, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Sefton, St Helens, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan and Wirral.

The data is based on people being tested both through ‘Pillar 1’ – in hospitals – and Pillar 2 – drive-through test centres and swabs sent by post.

No daily figures have been released showing how many tests have been carried out in each area of the North West.

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by North West borough as of Thursday, September 10:

There are 11,944 cases in Lancashire, 2,936 in Bolton, 1,747 in Bury, 2,502 in Cheshire East, 2,228 in Cheshire West and Chester, 3,115 in Cumbria, 794 in Halton, 1,172 in Knowsley, 3,216 in Liverpool, 4,784 in Manchester, 3,155 in Oldham, 2,463 in Rochdale, 2,072 in Salford, 1,823 in Sefton, 1,398 in St Helens, 2,097 in Stockport, 2,164 in Tameside, 1,809 in Trafford, 1,567 in Warrington, 2,461 in Wigan and 2,464 in Wirral

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