HYDE has become Tameside’s biggest Covid-19 hotspot as the rise in the infection rate pushes the borough back into the ‘red’ zone.
According to the government, in the week to September 3 there were 121 new cases of coronavirus.
September 2 saw 31 cases confirmed in the borough – the highest spike recorded by health chiefs since the peak of the pandemic in May.
Council leader Brenda Warrington said it was ‘of concern’ that the number of infections continues to rise.
A heat map of the country shows that cases are cropping up all across Tameside, in contrast to the neighbouring borough of Stockport which is broadly seeing low incidences of the virus.
The rate of infection for Tameside has increased to 55.6 cases per 100,000 people and is trending upwards, according to the latest data.
A rate of over 50 means that a borough goes into ‘red alert’. Seven of Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs have now reached this threshold.
In the last seven day period, Hyde North was the biggest hotspot in Tameside, recording ten new cases.
It is followed by Dukinfield East and Hough Hill, with eight cases and Droylsden Central with seven cases.
Coun Warrington said the trend of rising cases was not unique to Tameside but that ‘protecting the health and wellbeing of our population is at a critical tipping point’.
“Strong and decisive action is needed. So I make no apologies for trying to limit the number of people in high risk settings, on public transport and in unnecessary contact,” she added.
“That is one of the best ways we can support our communities in the effort to fight back and break the chain of transmission.
“I am particularly conscious that as we support all our children and young people to be in school and college we must be hypervigilant.
“We will follow the appropriate protocols to contain the virus, protect children, teachers and support staff, while ensuring lessons can continue.
“Containing the virus now is the key to health and prosperity in the long term. Anything else is a recipe for a social and economic slump of the kind we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.”
In one effort to tackle new cases Tameside council is asking residents to volunteers to become ‘community champions’.
They would play a ‘vital role’ in reassuring people about how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the virus.
They would have ‘direct conversations’ with family, friends and neighbours about the risks.
A support network would be put in place with ‘regular health information sessions’, which champions can join via video conferences.
According to the Public Health England data, there have been six cases in both Ashton Waterloo and Guide Bridge.
Meanwhile Hattersey, Godley, Hyde South, Denton West, Ashton Central, Ashton North, have all recorded five cases.
In Mossley, Carrbrook and Micklehurst, Stalybridge East and Swineshaw, Stalybridge South, Denton South, there have been four cases in each area.
And there have been three cases in Stalybridge North, Droylsden East and Denton North.
However the PHE data map excludes areas which have two or fewer cases, meaning other areas may have also seen incidences of Covid-19.