Five UK towns and cities have been put on “Red Alert” as the number of coronavirus cases in a single day soared to 2,988 – the highest since May.
Rates in five Greater Manchester boroughs soured on Sunday 7th September and Manchester, Bolton, Oldham, Salford and Tameside are now on high alert.
Infection rates went about the government’s 50 threshold, with Rochdale teetering close to the red zone on 49.5.
Matt Hancock described the spike as 'concerning' and warned that a rise in cases among younger people could soon affect the the older population.
He said: “The rise in the number of cases that we have seen today is concerning.
“The cases are predominantly among younger people but we have seen in other countries across the world and in Europe this sort of rise in the cases among younger people lead to a rise across the population as a whole, so it so important that people don’t allow this illness to infect their grandparents and to lead to the sort of problems that we saw earlier in the year."
The latest government data shows 283 positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in Greater Manchester on September 2 – the highest number since April 29th.
Bolton, which was locked down further on Saturday (September 5), has the highest infection rate in the country – at 115.8 per 100,000.
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The rate is doubling week-on-week, figures show, higher than what was recorded during the height of lockdown.
In Oldham, where tighter restrictions have been in place for weeks, the rate stands at 59.5, with an increase of from 58.2.
Salford’s infection rate is also rising, increasing from 51.4 to 58, along with Tameside at a rate of 50.3 per 100,000.
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Tighter lockdown restrictions were introduced in Bolton, with residents no longer allowed to mix with anyone outside their household.
Residents were also told they must only use public transport for essential purposes.
In Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury, Trafford and Tameside lockdown rules mean residents cannot mix with other households in homes or gardens, unless they are in a support bubble.
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