Coronavirus cases rose in nine areas of Tameside despite strict lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
According to the latest local breakdown of cases, in the week to February 3 there were increases in 30 per cent of the borough, compared with the previous week.
Both Ashton East and Dane Bank saw seven more cases each, and recorded 24 incidences of the virus apiece.
There were an extra six in Hyde North – taking its total to 30 – and five in both the Denton North, and Dukinfield East and Hough Hill neighbourhoods.
Cases rose by four in Smallshaw to take the weekly figure to 27, while Stalybridge North recorded an extra three on the previous week.
Both Droylsden East and Mottram, Hollingworth and Broadbottom saw an extra two cases compared to the previous seven day period.
The biggest hotspot for cases – Ashton Central – saw a slight dip in cases over the same period, reducing by five to total 34.
And across the whole borough cases of the virus have been declining week on week since the third lockdown was introduced.
In the week to January 6 there were 876 cases, but this has reduced to 488 in the week to February 3 – a 44 per cent drop.
The map of Covid-19 cases in Tameside in the week to February 3. Photo: Gov.UK
Chiefs are urging people to continue following the lockdown rules to reduce high Covid-19 death rates.
In the week to January 15 there were 17 deaths recorded in the borough.
Health leaders say that the Kent variant of coronavirus, which is far more transmissible, now accounts for more than 80pc of cases in Tameside, making it ‘even more vital that people stay at home’.
Council leader Brenda Warrington said: “My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one through Covid.
“The death rates remain high and bring home to us all the devastating severity of this virus – there can be very few people who have not been affected in some way.
“That’s why we must keep up the excellent efforts in lockdown that are starting to bear fruit in the decreasing rates to ensure they continue to come down so that as few people as possible suffer.
“Our health teams are doing an amazing job in treating and caring for patients while rapidly delivering the vaccine that will help bring protection and we must do all we can to help them by sticking to the rules.”
However the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine is continuing with more than 40,000 doses administered in Tameside and Glossop.
Every care home resident and staff members, the over 70s, defined clinically extremely vulnerable individuals and over 70s who are housebound, have all been offered the vaccine.
Tameside’s director of public health, Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, said: “The rates of infections and deaths are starting to decrease but are still too high so now, more than ever, we need to continue with what’s working and adhere to the rules – your actions could save lives.
“Our vaccination programme is doing really well, and we have vaccinated most of our residents who are over 70 years of age or have a health condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to Covid, as well as our frontline health and care workers.
“This will save lives and reduce serious Covid disease in those who receive the vaccine.”
However she said that even people who have had the vaccine can still potentially get infected and pass the virus on, so people should remain ‘responsible’ after having received the jab.
The latest weekly cases for the borough, broken up into Middle layer Super Output Areas (MSOA) which are sorted by population:
Ashton Central – 34
Ashton East – 24
Ashton North – 5
Ashton Waterloo – 13
Audenshaw – 8
Carrbrook and Micklehurst – 13
Cheetham Fold and Gee Cross – 6
Dane Bank – 24
Denton East – 8
Denton North – 13
Denton South – 14
Denton West – 15
Droylsden Central – 28
Droylsden East – 24
Droylsden West – 13
Dukinfield East and Hough Hill – 11
Dukinfield West – 21
Godley – 12
Guide Bridge – 11
Hattersley – 12
Hurst Cross – 17
Hyde North – 30
Hyde South – 21
Mossley – 15
Mottram, Hollingworth and Broadbottom – 13
Newtonmoor – 20
Smallshaw – 27
Stalybridge East and Swineshaw – 10
Stalybridge North – 13
Stalybridge South – 13
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