Covid cases up again in Trafford – and council officials say over-70s rise is “particular concern”

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Coronavirus cases have increased again in Trafford – with council officials warning that a slight rise in over-70 cases is “a particular concern”.

The rate in Trafford remain at twice the average rate of infection for England, with the most recent figure – for the week ending August 15th – at 26.1 cases per 100,000, up from 23.6 for the previous week, which is slightly below the average for Greater Manchester.

Trafford Council said that while the spike in July – which helped lead to the implementation of stricter household restrictions – had been driven by young people aged 17 to 23 and was centred around Hale and Hale Barns, the most recent data revealed cases in all wards in the borough, with most cases in people aged between 18 and 40.

However, it said that while the number of cases in the over-70 age group remained low, it was “increasing slightly, which is a particular concern”.

And Eleanor Roaf, Director of Public Health for Trafford Council, warned against complacency.

Eleanor Roaf, Director of Public Health at Trafford Council

She said: “While the drop in cases since July is good news, we are now seeing numbers increase again and there is no room for complacency. Cases are rising in nearby Manchester and Salford and as we saw in July, a spike can occur very rapidly when we drop our guard.

β€œPlease continue to maintain all the measures that stop the virus from spreading; wash hands frequently, maintain social distance and wear face coverings if you can as required. If you have symptoms get a test, and if you test positive or have had contact with anyone who tests positive, follow the guidance to self-isolate.”

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