Rates of Covid-19 in Wigan have seen little change in last week

Wigan now has the fourth-lowest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester and its overall figure is similar to that for the city-region as a whole.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 8:26 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 9:00 am

Wigan Council's latest coronavirus tracker shows that for the seven days between March 13 and 19 there were 328 new cases of Covid-19 in the borough.

This gives a rate of 99.6 per 100,000 residents.

Wigan's rate is very similar to the one recorded in the previous week, mirroring broader trends which have seen little movement in infection levels regionally and nationally.

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Wigan's rate is also higher than those seen in the neighbouring boroughs of St Helens, Warrington, West Lancashire and Chorley.

In more positive news the over-60s weekly incidence rate for Wigan is 35.5 per 100,000 people, which is the second-lowest rate of the 10 Greater Manchester areas.

Within the borough 11 of the 25 wards saw an increase in cases in the latest week, which covers March 11 to March 17, compared to the previous week.

Astley Mosley Common had the highest rate of cases for the latest week, with Tyldesley having the second-highest.

Tyldesley also saw the largest increase from the previous week, followed by Wigan West.

As of 23 March, there were 15 Covid-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's hospitals.

There have been 987 deaths registered in Wigan residents that mention Covid-19, with 11 of them in the latest week running up to March 5.

This figure is up five from the previous week.

Since the start of the pandemic there have been 28,384 confirmed positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the borough, giving a rate of 8,636 per 100,000 population.

This gives Wigan the fourth-lowest rate of the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester.

As of March 23, local tracing teams have successfully managed 93 per cent of all the contacts in the cases escalated to them.

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