Coronavirus cases doubled in Manchester last week and are rising as the city declares a ‘major incident’ after 4.5 million were locked down

Covid-19 cases doubled in parts of Greater Manchester last week and are still rising as officials declared a ‘major incident’ to tackle the growing outbreak. Infection rates increased in all ten boroughs except Rochdale between July 22 and 29, the last day before tough new lockdown measures were introduced. Oldham, the second worst affected borough in England, saw another 148 cases over the week – taking its rate from 41.6 to 62.8 cases per 100,000 people. Rates in both the City of Manchester and Tameside have more than doubled in seven days, however (top right). All 2.8million residents in Greater Manchester were banned from meeting anyone from different households inside their homes or in gardens, in a drastic move that was announced with just three hours’ notice. The ban, which was applied to parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire, also extended to pubs and restaurants – but those businesses are permitted to remain open for people visiting individually or from the same household. Revellers in Manchester on Saturday night did not follow social distancing measures despite the rise in cases (main). And bars and restaurants were still busy yesterday afternoon (top and bottom left). Bottom right, a map shows the infection rates across the North West

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