Another 1,719 people have tested positive for coronavirus across the North West on the day areas were placed into either Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions. after lockdown.

The number of confirmed cases across Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire now stands at 309,085 since the start of the pandemic, however most of these will no longer be active.

Infection rates continue to fall across the region with no borough in the top 10 and only Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Rossendale, Pendle, Rochdale and Hyndburn in the top 30.

It comes as the Government tonight confirmed five hospital trusts in the region will be among the first in the country to receive the coronavirus vaccine from next week.

The data below includes the total number of cases and overall infection rate for each area since the pandemic began. Many of these cases will no longer be active.

These are the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus by North West area as of December 2:

There are 63102 cases in Lancashire, 15227 in Bolton, 9861 in Bury, 9115 in Cheshire East, 9039 in Cheshire West and Chester, 10335 in Cumbria, 4730 in Halton, 7858 in Knowsley, 24180 in Liverpool, 31302 in Manchester, 14892 in Oldham, 12792 in Rochdale, 13453 in Salford, 10594 in Sefton, 7688 in St Helens, 10614 in Stockport, 10513 in Tameside, 8762 in Trafford, 8280 in Warrington, 16698 in Wigan and 10050 in Wirral.

Matt Hancock tonight announced hospitals in Lancashire, Liverpool and Greater Manchester will be among the first in the country to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

It means the first people in Lancashire could theoretically be given vaccines from as early as Monday (December 7).

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals, and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, which runs the Blackpool Victoria hospital and Clifton Hospital, are on the top 50 list for those to receive the vaccine first, The Mirror reports.

It also includes Liverpool University Hospitals, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

There are complications with the Pfizer/BioNTech as it requires -70C storage conditions - meaning that they can only support the vaccine rollout where they have those facilities.

There are to be “three modes of delivery” of the vaccine, according to Mr Hancock, with hospitals, mass vaccination centres and GPs and pharmacists offering the jab to those most in need.

He said: "50 hospitals across the country are already set up and waiting to receive the vaccine as soon as it's approved, so that can now happen.

"Also vaccination centres, which will be big centres where people can go to get vaccinated. They are being set up now.

"We're the first country in the world to have a clinically-authorised vaccine to roll out.

"So from early next week we will start that programme of vaccinating people against Covid-19 here in this country.

"And as we know from earlier announcements, this vaccine is effective. The MHRA have approved it as clinically safe. And we have a vaccine, so it's very good news."

The hospitals to receive vaccine first with Lancashire and North West trusts highlighted in bold:

  1. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  2. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals
  3. Cambridge University Hospitals
  4. Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  5. Countess of Chester Hospital
  6. Croydon University Hospital
  7. Dartford and Gravesham Hospitals
  8. Dorset County Hospitals
  9. East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals
  10. East Kent Hospitals
  11. East Suffolk and North Essex Hospitals
  12. Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  13. Gloucestershire Hospitals
  14. Great Western Hospitals
  15. Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust
  16. James Paget University Hospitals
  17. Kings College Hospital
  18. Princess Royal University Hospital, Kings
  19. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
  20. Leeds Teaching Hospital
  21. Leicester Partnership NHS Trust
  22. Liverpool University Hospitals
  23. Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  24. Mid and South Essex Hospitals
  25. Milton Keynes University Hospital
  26. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
  27. Northampton General Hospital
  28. North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  29. North West Anglia Foundation Trust
  30. Nottingham University Hospitals
  31. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  32. Portsmouth Hospital University
  33. Royal Cornwall Hospitals
  34. Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  35. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  36. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  37. Sherwood Forest Hospitals
  38. Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
  39. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  40. St George's University Hospitals
  41. The Newcastle Upon Type Hospitals
  42. University College Hospitals
  43. University Hospitals Birmingham
  44. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
  45. University Hospitals Derby Burton
  46. University Hospitals of North Midlands
  47. University Hospitals Plymouth
  48. United Lincolnshire Hospitals
  49. Walsall Healthcare
  50. West Hertfordshire Hospitals
  51. Wirral University Teaching Hospital
  52. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals
  53. Yeovil District Hospital

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