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NEWS ROUNDUP: Andy Burnham calls on Government to vaccinate 16+


1. The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has asked the government for everyone over the age of 16 in the region to get a Covid vaccine to help stop the spread of the Indian variant.

Andy Burnham who has recently been re-elected as the Mayor of Greater Manchester for another term, said there is a "worrying" spike of cases in Bolton among the under-25s, adding that the rise in the town was a "cause of concern".

Bolton Council has urged everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and tested to do so.

According to government data, the borough has the second highest infection rate in England, with 152 Covid cases per 100,000 people in the week up to 7 May.

Public Health England has also said the town has one of the highest rates of the India variant in the country.

2. Latest figures show that the number of coronavirus cases in Bolton has more than doubled in a week. The town is a hotspot for the new Indian variant. There were 437 positive Covid-19 tests in Bolton the week ending May 7.

Elsewhere in the region infections rates are also rising in Rochdale, Manchester, Stockport and Wigan, with Bury seeing the lowest numbers of infection - the rate is 20.4 cases per 100,000 people.

3. A man has been arrested after a police officer suffered a broken eye socket and nose in a protest by football fans outside Manchester United's ground.

Protesters gathered at Old Trafford and outside the Lowry Hotel in Salford before United were due to play Liverpool on 2 May. 

A man, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He is also being held on suspicion of violent disorder and burglary.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the officer suffered a broken eye socket, broken nose and a slash to the face when an object was thrown at his face at the Old Trafford protest.

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