Trafford now has the highest infection rate of any borough in Greater Manchester

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Trafford has the highest coronavirus infection rate of any borough in Greater Manchester, the latest figures have revealed.

The borough has seen a week-on-week increase of 65% and now stands at 240.6 cases per 100,000 people, for the week ending December 23rd.

That represents a remarkable twist of fate for Trafford, which only 15 days before had the lowest rate in the region.

The rate is still well below the current England average of 380.8, but the general trend – with nine out of 10 Greater Manchester boroughs experiencing a week-on-week rise – is a concerning one.

The next review of tiers is set to take place on December 30th, with a decision over Greater Manchester’s current Tier 3 status to be based on five key indicators: case detection rates in all age groups; case detection rates in the over-60s; the rate at which cases are rising or falling; positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken); and pressure on the NHS.

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