Latest North West cases and infection rates ahead of local lockdown update

New figures have been released this evening (August 27) ahead of the Government’s next local lockdown announcement showing the latest number of coronavirus cases in the North West and each local  authority’s current infection rate.

The total number of positive cases across Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire now stands at 52,197.

This is an increase of 298 in the last 24 hours – one of the biggest daily increases this week.

The area managed by Lancashire County Council now has 8,076 positive tests of the virus. In Blackpool there are 1,098 while in Blackburn with Darwen the number has risen to 1,804.

Pendle recorded the biggest increase in the county with 20. Thirteen of Lancashire’s 14 boroughs recorded at least one new case since yesterday while Cumbria’s tally rose to 3,016 after two districts announced new cases.

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.

Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by North West borough as of Thursday, August 27:

There are 10,978 cases in Lancashire, 2,249 in Bolton, 1,558 in Bury, 2,367 in Cheshire East, 2,126 in Cheshire West and Chester, 3,016 in Cumbria, 736 in Halton, 1,073 in Knowsley, 2,821 in Liverpool, 4,166 in Manchester, 2,838 in Oldham, 2,210 in Rochdale, 1,760 in Salford, 1,669 in Sefton, 1,277 in St Helens, 1,967 in Stockport, 1,880 in Tameside, 1,641 in Trafford, 1,406 in Warrington, 2,303 in Wigan, and 2,156 in Wirral

The latest infection rates for each local authority in the North West has also been published with five boroughs now in the top England 10 list.

In Pendle, 53 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 24 – the equivalent of 57.5 per 100,000 people. This is the highest rate in England, but it is down from 81.4 in the seven days to August 17.

The rate in Blackburn with Darwen is 56.8, down from 68.1, with 85 new cases.

Oldham is third, where the rate has fallen from 81.0 to 51.9, with 123 new cases.

Two other areas have rates above 40 per 100,000: Bradford (41.3) and Manchester (41.2). Bury also makes the top 10 list with a rate of 32.5, although this is slightly down on last week’s 34.0.

There were 788 positive tests for the virus across all ten Greater Manchester boroughs in the week ending August 24, the lowest number since July 28.

The infection rate is continuing to fall in Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Bolton, with the number of cases falling in seven of the region’s boroughs.

Cases are still rising in Wigan, with an extra 10 cases recorded in the last seven days. But the borough still has the lowest infection rate at 11.87.

There has also been an increase in positive tests in Trafford and Tameside, but only by one per cent in each borough.

Data for the most recent three days (August 25-27) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised. The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on August 27 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.

Here is the list in full of every local authority in the North West

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 23; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 23; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 16; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 16.

  • Pendle 57.5 (53), 81.4 (75)
  • Blackburn with Darwen 56.8 (85), 68.1 (102)
  • Oldham 51.9 (123), 81.0 (192)
  • Manchester 41.2 (228), 49.2 (272)
  • Bury 32.5 (62), 34.0 (65)
  • Rochdale 31.5 (70), 46.3 (103)
  • Burnley 29.2 (26), 28.1 (25)
  • Tameside 28.7 (65), 28.3 (64)
  • Preston 27.2 (39), 32.1 (46)
  • Hyndburn 25.9 (21), 22.2 (18)
  • Salford 24.7 (64), 34.8 (90)
  • Trafford 21.1 (50), 20.6 (49)
  • Bolton 17.4 (50), 23.6 (68)
  • Rossendale 15.4 (11), 9.8 (7)
  • Liverpool 14.7 (73), 14.3 (71)
  • Ribble Valley 13.1 (8), 8.2 (5)
  • Carlisle 12.9 (14), 13.8 (15)
  • Stockport 12.6 (37), 16.7 (49)
  • Wirral 12.3 (40), 5.2 (17)
  • Wigan 11.9 (39), 8.8 (29)
  • Luton 11.7 (25), 12.2 (26)
  • Sefton 9.8 (27), 13.0 (36)
  • Chorley 8.5 (10), 10.2 (12)
  • St. Helens 8.3 (15), 12.2 (22)
  • Cheshire East 8.1 (31), 10.4 (40)
  • Cheshire West and Chester 7.9 (27), 5.8 (20)
  • Lancaster 7.5 (11), 1.4 (2)
  • Copeland 7.3 (5), 2.9 (2)
  • Blackpool 7.2 (10), 11.5 (16)
  • Allerdale 7.2 (7), 15.3 (15)
  • Fylde 6.2 (5), 9.9 (8)
  • Knowsley 6.0 (9), 8.6 (13)
  • Wyre 5.4 (6), 9.8 (11)
  • West Lancashire 5.2 (6), 6.1 (7)
  • Halton 3.9 (5), 6.2 (8)
  • South Ribble 3.6 (4), 12.6 (14)
  • South Lakeland 1.9 (2), 4.8 (5)
  • Eden 1.9 (1), 9.4 (5)
  • Barrow-in-Furness 0.0 (0), 6.0 (4)

It comes as Matt Hancock is expected to make an announcement in the next 24 hours about local lockdown restrictions in parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

A meeting was held this afternoon of the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), chaired by Mr Hancock and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty

Last week, the Health Secretary announced that local leaders would be asked to suggest which areas were most in need of restrictions.

Following last week’s review, people living in Blackburn and parts of Pendle were told they could no longer socialise with anyone outside their household and only use public transport if essential.

Yesterday Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said coronavirus restrictions on a ward-by-ward basis are a “recipe for utter confusion, division and chaos”.

However leaders in Hyndburn have called for the government to put an end to blanket restrictions, in place since the end of July across Hyndburn.

They have recommended an easing in certain townships – based on an analysis of infection data.

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