Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise across Greater Manchester as the government starts the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.
Our region currently has a Covid-19 infection rate of 374.8 per 100,000 people in the week ending January 3.
That’s a 73.4 per cent increase on the previous week.
However the regional rate here is still far below that of London – where it was 971 on January 1.
Across all ten Greater Manchester boroughs the upward trend in infection rates is still in evidence.
Rates in Wigan were up 100 per cent week-on-week yesterday (relating to the week ending January 2).
Today they are going up slightly less rapidly.
The rate in the town is now 424.8 per 100,000 in the seven days to January 3 – a 91 per cent increase on the previous week.
The percentage increase is the same in Manchester, where the upward trend appears to be accelerating.
The coronavirus outbreak is also accelerating in Salford and Oldham – where rates are 362.8 and 334.4 respectively.
Three boroughs now have rates over 400 – Wigan, Trafford and Bury – and both Manchester and Stockport look set to tip over the 400 mark tomorrow.
Boris Johnson has pledged an unprecedented national effort to roll out Covid-19 vaccines across the UK as GPs warned of “teething problems” in some areas with doctors getting supply.
The Prime Minister said almost 1.5 million people have now been vaccinated against the disease and the Government intends to give everyone in care homes a jab by the end of January.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said people had a right to know how quickly jabs could be rolled out and stressed the NHS was ready to administer vaccines as quickly as they could be supplied by manufacturers.
The Prime Minister said there would likely be “difficulties” in the rollout of the vaccine and there would be some “lumpiness and bumpiness”.
“Let’s be clear, this is a national challenge on a scale like nothing we’ve seen before and it will require an unprecedented national effort,” he said.
“Of course, there will be difficulties, appointments will be changed but… the Army is working hand in glove with the NHS and local councils to set up our vaccine network and using battle preparation techniques to help us keep up the pace.”
Mr Johnson said that the most vulnerable groups which the Government plans to have vaccinated by mid-February accounted for 88% of all those who have died in the UK during the pandemic.
He said “if all goes well” then hundreds of thousands of vaccines can be administered per day by January 15 and “it is our plan that everyone should have a vaccination available within a radius of 10 miles”.