Wigan's Covid-19 case rate coming down but above regional and national averages

The borough's rate is similar to Greater Manchester's but higher than the figures for the North West and England as a whole

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 9:58 am

Wigan Council's weekly coronavirus tracker showed there were 311 cases recorded in the borough in the seven days between February 27 and March 5.

This gives a rate of 94.6 cases per 100,000 people.

This means the borough had the fifth-highest rate of the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester for the latest seven-day period covered by the data.

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Among Wigan's neighbouring boroughs the rate was higher in West Lancashire but lower in St Helens, Warrington and Chorley.

Wigan also has a rate above the 75.2 cases per 100,000 residents recorded for the North West and the England figure of 60.8 per 100,000 people for England.

However, the borough's Covid-19 infection rate is continuing to drop week-on-week.

And in further positive news for the borough the rate of cases among Wigan's over-60s is the lowest in Greater Manchester, at 41.7 per 100,000 residents.

Within the borough only three of the 25 wards in Wigan and Leigh saw an increase from the previous week in the latest data, which covered the period from February 25 to March 3.

Abram had the highest rate of cases for the latest week, with Golborne And Lowton West (209) having the second-highest rate.

Hindley Green saw the largest increase from the previous week, with an 88 per cent rise, followed by Standish With Langtree where there was a 31 per cent increase.

The other ward where figures went up from the previous week was Winstanley, though in Tyldesley there was no week-on-week change.

There have now been a total of 27,699 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the borough during the pandemic, the fourth-lowest total in Greater Manchester.

There were 38 patients with Covid-19 in the borough's hospitals as of March 9.

A total of 10 deaths were registered in Wigan with Covid-19 mentioned on the certificate for the latest week of data running up to February 26, a decrease of three from the previous week.

Eight primary schools and four secondary schools in the borough had a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the period between February 24 and March 2.

Local contact tracing teams had successfully managed 93 per cent of contacts in all the cases passed to them as of March 10.

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