Weekly rate of coronavirus cases soar in England – see the worst affected places
Alarming data shows Manchester now has the highest coronavirus infection rate in England – after new cases more than doubled in a week.
The city recorded 2,740 new cases in the seven days to Thursday, the most recent data available.
Public Health England said this equates to 495.6 cases per 100,000 people – up from 223.2 in the previous week.
The huge jump in cases comes despite lockdown restrictions being put in place at the start of August – raising questions about the effectiveness of local lockdowns.
Liverpool also saw a massive rise in cases, rising to 456.4, with 2,273 new cases.
Knowsley is in third place, up from 300.3 to 452.1, with 682 new cases.
Other areas recording sharp increases include:
Public Health England last night admitted 15,841 cases were left out of daily reported figures between September 25 and October 2.
Now it has emerged the cases were not only missing from statistics – but also from vital contact-tracing efforts led by the outsourced NHS Test and Trace.
PHE insisted every person who was tested initially received their test result as normal, with all those testing positive told to self-isolate.
But Test and Trace and PHE joint medical adviser Susan Hopkins admitted: “All outstanding cases were immediately transferred to the contact tracing system by 1am on 3 October.
“And a thorough public health risk assessment was undertaken to ensure outstanding cases were prioritised for contact tracing effectively.”
The delay suggests cases were not referred for Test and Trace contact-tracing until Saturday, which is up to a week after some of those involved took a test.
That would mean people they mingled with just before testing positive could have already become infectious and spread the virus without knowing it.
Yesterday Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the Government is “in danger of losing the public in the North of England”.
Speaking to the Sophy Ridge On Sunday show on Sky News, the former Labour minister said: “We need a bit of a reset here so that people can clearly understand what’s being asked.”
He added: “I certainly feel this week that we’ve reached a bit of a turning point with all of this.
“The Government are really in danger of losing the public in the North of England.
“And actually if they carry on imposing restrictions on the North without proper support for the businesses and the employees affected in the North, we will see a winter of levelling down and the North-South divide getting bigger.”
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