NW cases pass 200,000 and France declares second national lockdown

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the North West of England has passed the 200,000 mark for the first time in the pandemic.

A further 4,991 people contracted the virus across Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire in the last 24 hours.

This is a smaller rise compared to the previous day when 5,329 new infections were registered.

Analysis of latest Public Health England (PHE) published today (October 28) shows the total number of cases has now climbed from 195,127 to 200,118.

This includes 994 cases in Lancashire, 118 cases in Cumbria, 441 in Manchester, 282 in Liverpool and 287 in Cheshire.

Separate PHE data shows Blackburn with Darwen continues to have the highest infection rate in England, followed by Oldham in second and Rossendale in third.

The North West has the top nine infection rates in the country and 13 boroughs with rates over 500 cases per 100,000 people.

Tonight it emerged that Wigan and Stockport have become the first hospital systems in Greater Manchester to suspend operations, even before October ends – as the number of Covid patients across the conurbation nears April’s peak.

Two separate sets of data leaked to the M.E.N. show how demand for space in hospitals there is growing rapidly at the same time as the system tries to continue with normal operations, treatments and procedures.

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 28):

There are 40,104 cases in Lancashire, 9,746 in Bolton, 5,996 in Bury, 5,794 in Cheshire East, 5,470 in Cheshire West and Chester, 6,380 in Cumbria, 3,339 in Halton, 6,066 in Knowsley, 18,251 in Liverpool, 19,146 in Manchester, 8,893 in Oldham, 7,777 in Rochdale, 8,047 in Salford, 7,709 in Sefton, 5,378 in St Helens, 6,621 in Stockport, 6,576 in Tameside, 5,817 in Trafford, 5,532 in Warrington, 9,811 in Wigan and 7,665 in Wirral.

The figures comes as French president Emmanuel Macron tonight announced a second lockdown in France to try to combat a strong resurgence of the coronavirus.

With over 520 deaths recorded on Tuesday, the French leader said that a new nationwide lockdown would be the only possible way to successfully fight Covid-19.

It will come into effect this Friday.

In a national televised address, he said: “(France has been) overpowered by a second wave.”

The government is scheduled to lay out the details of the new lockdown tomorrow.

Mr Macron said schools would remain open.

More than half of the country’s intensive care units are already occupied by Covid-19 patients.

France reported 288 new virus-related deaths in hospitals in 24 hours on Tuesday and 235 deaths in nursing homes over the previous four days. Both figures marked the biggest such rise since May.

Earlier German officials agreed to impose a four-week partial lockdown.

The World Health Organisation says the European region — which includes Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia, according to its definition — accounted for almost half of the 2.8 million new coronavirus cases reported globally last week.

The UN health agency said virus-related deaths were also on the rise in Europe, with about a 35% spike since the previous week, as well as hospitalizations due to Covid-19.

“We are deep in the second wave,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels.

“I think that this year’s Christmas will be a different Christmas.”

The European Union, Britain, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland alone accounted for 1.1 million cases over the past seven days, she said, “and we expect this number to keep rising in the next two to three weeks, and rapidly”.

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