However, ONS data (which is not affected by testing rates) has showed that the prevalence of infection continued to increase for the North West as a whole. Numbers of people in hospital with Covid-19 are broadly stable and deaths from Covid-19 remain low.
7-day case figures:
Week ending 24 July: infection rate per 100,000 – 389.5 (744 new cases).
Week ending 17 July: infection rate per 100,000 – 595.8 (1,138 new cases). Week ending 10 July: infection rate per 100,000 – 402.6 (769 new cases). Week ending 3 July: infection rate per 100,000 – 403.2 (770 new cases).
While this is good news, the borough’s public health leaders have urged us to keep taking action to further drive transmission down:
• Wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
• Meet outside as much as possible and/or let in fresh air
• Minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
• Continue to wash or clean your hands frequently.
Also: continue to test, to isolate if positive or asked to by NHS Test and Trace, and ensure you and your family members go for your first and second vaccinations at the earliest opportunity.
It all helps, and we thank everyone in Bury for remaining cautious, being considerate and – overall – staying safe.