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Coronavirus infections spike in Manchester as Oldham put under tough measures

New data shows an alarming rise in the Covid-19 infection rates in parts of Greater Manchester - as tough new restrictions are put in place in Oldham.New data shows an alarming rise in the Covid-19 infection rates in parts of Greater Manchester - as tough new restrictions are put in place in Oldham.

Figures from Public Health England reveal that Trafford and Manchester have each seen large increases in the seven days up to Saturday.

It comes as 250,000 people in Oldham were told they could not have "social visitors" in their homes after a spike in cases.

People who are shielding have been told they must continue to do so beyond Friday until the rate goes down.

In Blackburn with Darwen, England's worst-affected area, the rate is broadly unchanged at 79.2 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to July 25, compared with 79.9 in the seven days to July 18.

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A total of 118 new cases have been recorded.

Second on the list is Leicester, where the rate continues to fall.

It is now down from 75.2 to 56.0, with 199 new cases.

In third place is Oldham, where the rate has jumped from 14.9 to 53.9, with 127 new cases.

Trafford has seen its rate rise from 8.9 to 34.3, with 81 new cases, while Manchester is up from 13.5 to 22.5.

Sandwell in the West Midlands has also seen a rise, from 22.9 to 28.7.

a group of people walking in the rain holding an umbrella: Ministers have warned more places could be put back in lockdown© Andy Commins / Daily Mirror Ministers have warned more places could be put back in lockdownIt comes after warnings more towns could follow the East Midlands city of Leicester into a local lockdown.

Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire and Luton in Bedfordshire were both on high alert due to local infection rates.undefinedOldham was not on the public health watch list in recent weeks.

However it was announced earlier this month that the town had been chosen as one of four pilot sites in the country testing people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19, especially people working in "high-contact occupations" such as taxi drivers, hairdressers and food outlet workers.

a group of people walking down the street: New data shows where infection rates are on the rise© Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror New data shows where infection rates are on the riseIts actions comes 10 days after local councils were granted powers to close shops and pubs, and restrict gatherings or events, if there is “a serious and imminent threat to public health relating to coronavirus ”.

Areas where the number of cases per 100,000 is above 10, in the seven days to Saturday followed by the seven days before that

Reference: Mirror: Ian Jones & Dave Burke 16 hrs ago: 28th Juky 2020

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