Timperley has been revealed as having the highest Covid infection rate in the North West.
In data released by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) today, the area of Timperley South has an infection rate of 1,316 per 100,000 people for the seven–day period ending December 10th. That’s up from 1,185 in a day.
Not far behind is Timperley North on 1024 and Timperley East on 876. In Altrincham East the figure is 838, followed by Broadheath (867), Hale (804) and Hale Barns (480). The UKHSA uses these smaller areas – called Middle Layer Super Output Areas – to show data at the most local level.
The increases reflect the speed with which the highly virulent omicron variant is growing, with the growth set to continue at a pace over the course of this month.
Across the borough, the latest numbers – for the period December 9th to December 15th – show that 1,817 people returned a positive result, an increase of 31.6% compared to the previous seven days.
On a more positive note, the number of deaths resulting from a positive test remains very low, with just one reported within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test during the period December 9-15.
Speaking today, Helen Gollins, Acting Director of Public Health in Trafford, said most cases were currently in the 0-14 age group.
She said: “We’re in a different position than we were two weeks ago. There’s a lot of movement in terms of rates at the moment, but Trafford does consistently stay higher.
“Our 0 to 14s are our highest age group at the moment, so we’re looking forward to the end of the week when the majority of Trafford schools close. Our age group with the second highest rate is our 30 to 40s. Our rates for double vaccination are lowest in our under-40s as well.
“Our rates [in our over-60s] did remain low, but are now starting to increase.”