There were as of yesterday 901 people diagnosed with Coronavirus across Greater Manchester of whom 475 were in hospital, 94 of which are being kept in high dependency wards.

Sir Richard Leese announced the figures during the weekly Greater Manchester Press Conference which has been taking place during the Covid-19 crisis.

A third of hospital beds are now taken up by Coronavirus patients which has meant that elective surgery has now stopped across the region as cases are tripled in the last seven days

He also confirmed that the planned hospital at Manchester Central, formerly the GMEX Centre would be up and running by the 12th April and would have the capacity for 500 beds.

The Mayor Andy Burnham meanwhile revealed that with many trams running empty, services would be cut to a twenty minute interval at the weekend.

The Mayor added that he felt that Greater Manchester was prepared for what would be a difficult month ahead.


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