Manchester now has the highest rate in England, with 2,740 cases recorded in the seven days to October 1st, that is the equivalent of 495.6 cases per 100,000 people, up from 223.2 in the previous week.

Liverpool has the second highest rate, up from 287.1 to 456.4, with 2,273 new cases and Knowsley part of its city region is in third place, up from 300.3 to 452.1, with 682 new cases.

Other areas recording sharp increases include Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Leeds and Sheffield

Salford,Bury,Rochdale,Oldham and Bolton all remain above the 200 cases per 100,000 mark.

Much of Manchester’s rise is due to outbreaks around the University area

Meanwhile The Government was this morning unable to say how many contacts of people infected with coronavirus have not been asked to self-isolate,

Prime Minister said: “What happened here was that some of the data got truncated and it was lost.
“But what they have done now is not only contacted all the people who were identified as having the disease – that was done in the first place – but they are now working through all the contacts as well.

“The key thing, I would say, and it goes for everybody, is that if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace then you must self-isolate, if you are told you have been in contact with somebody who has the virus.



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