STREETS: Coronavirus infection rates have continued to rise in most parts of Greater Manchester
As we enter into the second week in the third stage of the governments roadmap out of lockdown, a UK health chief has said that the possibility of lifting most coronavirus restrictions next month is 'looking good'.
With the next, and final, stage in the roadmap set for no earlier than June 21st will Greater Manchester be able to keep their covid rates down?
According to the latest figures, Coronavirus infection rates have continued to rise in most parts of Greater Manchester.
The rate has risen in eight of the ten boroughs including Bolton, which recorded 430.5 cases per 100,000 people, up 57 per cent compared to the week before.
Only Stockport and Tameside recorded a fall in numbers.
According to the latest figures from Public Health England, In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate was 79.3 cases per 100,000 population for the week ending May 19.
Overall, the infection rate in the region is higher than the England average, which is 22.0 cases per 100,000 people.
In Bury, the coronavirus infection rate has rocketed, but is however still far lower than in neighbouring Bolton.
According to the latest figures by Public Health England, the rate rose by 179% in Bury in the week ending May 18.
Over the weekend, people aged over 18 in parts of Manchester were called to get their Covid vaccinations in a bid to prevent cases spiralling to levels seen in neighbouring Bolton.
Infection spikes, partly driven by the Indian variant, are continuing to cause concern in parts of the North West.
Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese said vaccinating younger people could stop transmission.
Despite the rise in variants across the country, a UK health chief has said that the possibility of lifting most Covid restrictions next month is 'looking good'.
However, Dr Jenny Harries has urged caution to avoid another national lockdown.
Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Dr Harries said of the June 21 lifting: "It's looking good if people are continuing to observe all of the safety signals, so we should not stop doing what we’re doing, particularly in areas where we have that variant of concern, the B1617.2, in the north-west and around London.
The next, and final, stage in the roadmap out of lockdown, announced by the Prime Minister is set to begin no earlier than June 21, which is one month from now.
This could see the lifting of all legal restrictions on social contact, and the reopening of businesses that have been shut for more than a year.
The government have announced a plan costing £12million to try and support people to self-isolate in areas with higher coronavirus infection rates.
Greater Manchester is among nine areas of England where a wide range of 'trailblazing' tactics will be rolled out.
The pilots are designed to encourage people 'most at risk of catching and transmitting COVID-19 to come forward for testing and to self-isolate successfully if they test positive', the government says.
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