The latest borough-by-borough coronavirus infection rates for Greater Manchester – Manchester Evening News

The coronavirus infection rate has fallen below 400 in every borough in Greater Manchester for the first time since New Year’s Day.

Across the region the number of infections continues to fall, the latest Public Health England figures show.

Manchester remains the worst-affected borough in the region.

But in the week up to January 20, its rate dropped 14% to 397.1 cases per 100,000 people.

It means for the first time since January 1, all 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester have an infection rate of below 400 cases per 100,000 people.

The national average also continues to fall.

It’s down 20% to 420.2.

Oldham has the lowest infection rate in the region, falling 18% to 262.3.

Trafford saw the biggest drop, with cases down 28% per cent to 312.2.

Elsewhere Stockport saw cases fall by just over a fifth to 318.

And Bolton continues to see the the slowest decline in cases with its rate falling 6% to 358.9.

Despite the continuing drop in infections on Sunday Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the UK was ‘long, long, long way’ from  coronavirus  cases being low enough to ease restrictions.

In an interview with Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News, he said: “There is early evidence that the lockdown is starting to bring cases down.

“But we are a long, long, long way from that being low enough because the case rate was incredibly high.

“You can see the pressure on the NHS you can see it every day. The NHS are doing an amazing job in incredibly difficult circumstances.

“I am confident in the measures that we’ve got in place now.”