A further 5,329 people have contracted coronavirus in the North West over the last 24 hours as the regions’ Nightingale Hospital prepares to reopen in a different way.
There now 195,127 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the region in the latest Public Health England figures – up from 189,798 yesterday – however many of these will no longer be active.
Separate figures show that the North West continues to have nine of the top 10 infection rates in England, including Blackburn with Darwen first, Rossendale second and Oldham third.
Six boroughs now have infections rates above 600 cases per 100,000 people including Wigan, Salford and Rochdale while nine others have rates over 500.
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 27):
There are 39,106 cases in Lancashire, 9,490 in Bolton, 5,833 in Bury, 5,657 in Cheshire East, 5,320 in Cheshire West and Chester, 6,256 in Cumbria, 3,266 in Halton, 5,949 in Knowsley, 17,969 in Liverpool, 18,705 in Manchester, 8,587 in Oldham, 7,539 in Rochdale, 7,820 in Salford, 7,569 in Sefton, 5,247 in St Helens, 6,385 in Stockport, 6,390 in Tameside, 5,676 in Trafford, 5,343 in Warrington, 9,476 in Wigan and 7,544 in Wirral.
The figures come as Manchester’s Nightingale hospital prepares to reopen later this week.
However the Local Democracy Service said it will be run differently to how it was in the first wave of the coronavirus crisis earlier this year.
The temporary facility opened at Manchester Central Convention Complex, formerly known as the G-Mex, in April, but has been closed since the summer.
It was set up by NHS England to provide care for hundreds of patients with Covid-19 from across the North West and help hospitals cope with capacity.
But later this week, when it reopens, it will be used for non-Covid patients.
Any hospitals wanting to use beds at the facility must supply their own staff.
The first ward has been commissioned by Manchester Foundation Trust, which will run the facility alongside agency staff sourced by NHS Professionals.
NHS England is expecting the first patients within the next couple of days.
A spokesperson said: “The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West will be able to accept patients later this week to provide care for those who do not have Covid-19, but need further support before they are able to go home, such as therapy and social care assessments.
“This will help to maintain routine NHS care in the region’s hospitals.”
The new model for Manchester’s Nightingale is unique to the North West.
It will be used by hospitals for patients who require ‘additional rehabilitation’.
This means that unlike the first wave, it will be used by patients who are not ready to return home after spending time in hospital for non-Covid related reasons.
Some patients who were admitted to hospital with Covid-19 but are still recovering could also be sent to the facility, a spokesperson confirmed.
NHS Trusts wanting to use the extra bed capacity will have to give NHS England two weeks’ notice and send their own staff to work at the facility.
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