MORE than 240 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Tameside as the virus tightens its grip on the borough.
Greater Manchester is currently experiencing a severe second spike of coronavirus, with seven of the region’s ten boroughs in the ‘red zone’ for the numbers of new infections.
The infection rate in Tameside has risen beyond a hundred, to 105.1 cases per 100,000 people in the week to September 16.
Hospital admissions, deaths, and outbreaks among care home residents and staff are also all increasing, which is a cause of concern for health chiefs.And a larger number of older people in their 50s and 60s who have underlying health conditions are contracting the virus.
Government figures show that in the week to September 12 there were 244 new cases of Covid-19 in the borough.
September 7 saw the highest number of daily incidences recorded throughout the entirety of the pandemic, at 56 positive cases.
The borough’s director of public health, Jeanelle de Gruchy, said that the local restrictions on socialising imposed on Greater Manchester ‘haven’t had the impact that we would have hoped’.
“We’re a bit ahead of everyone else I think, so the increase in community transmission is very worrying in that it’s now impacting on our care homes and in older people in the community,” she added.
“And it’s also unfortunately translating into deaths.”
In the seven days to September 10, 13 people died at the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (ICFT) from Covid-19.
The major hotspot for new cases in the borough is Hyde South according to the public health heat map.
Council leader Brenda Warrington said rising infection among residents is ‘extremely concerning’ and they are seeing more older people having to be hospitalised with the virus.
“We know that it’s going to take action and compliance from each and everyone of us in Tameside, we need us all to curb this,” she added.
“We don’t want further restrictions and we certainly don’t want to be following in the footsteps of Bolton but believe me that is a real possibility if we in Tameside don’t act now to contain the virus.
“It’s vital that people don’t mix with people outside of their own household or their support bubbles indoors or in private gardens.”
There have been 16 cases recorded in Hyde South in the week to September 12, and 14 recorded in Ashton North.
There were also 13 cases in Ashton Central, Cheetham Fold and Gee Cross, and 12 cases in Ashton East, and Smallshaw
There have been 11 cases in Ashton Central, Droylsden East and Dukinfield West.
Ten cases in Hattersley, Hurst Cross; nine cases in Stalybridge South and Audenshaw, and Ashton Waterloo.
Eight cases in Stalybridge East, Danebank, and Swineshaw, and Droylsden Central.
Seven cases in Carrbrook and Micklehurst, and Dukinfield East and Hough Hill, Denton South, Denton East, and Guide Bridge.
Six cases in Mottram, Hollingworth and Broadbottom, and Droylsden West.
Five cases have been recorded in Mossley, and Stalybridge North.
The fewest number, at three cases each, were in Newtonmoor and Denton North.