Andy Burnham says the North West is "coming through" the worst of the Delta variant.

All boroughs in Greater Manchester have an infection rate more than double the national average, with eight seeing a week-on-week increase in the latest set of figures available.

Salford and Manchester are two of the worst-hit areas in the country, with rates at over 335 infections per 100,000 people.

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But Bolton, which had the highest infection rate in the country earlier this month, has seen a steady decline in cases, with 123 fewer cases in the week ending June 15 compared to the previous week.

And on the Andrew Marr Show, the Mayor of Greater Manchester was asked if the North West might be “past the peak” of the Delta variant.

Mr Burnham said: “I certainly see a huge amount of work going on in our communities to contain the Delta variant.

“Look at Bolton – you can see real encouragement there. Where the work went in, the case numbers have been turned around and they’ve got now quite a significant decrease.

“I’m very sure that we’ll see the same in the rest of Greater Manchester.

“So, I think we are coming through this. I think we now need to be careful and proportionate in terms of the way we manage things going forward.”

Mr Burnham has long called for an increase in surge vaccinations to help tackle the spike in Delta variant, and said he had asked the Government for more help to make progress on vaccinations in places with high case rates.

He added: “So far we haven’t had the support we need on that but I would say to them the more we work to stop the spread, particularly in areas that have had the highest cases, then we can all get back to a more normal life.”

His message came as Dr Susan Hopkins, the strategic response director for Covid-19 at Public Health England (PHE), said the UK is “seeing the impact of vaccination”.

Dr Hopkins told The Andrew Marr Show: “We are definitely seeing some signals in some areas of cases slowing down, Bolton for example has definitely reversed, Blackburn and Darwen has stabilised.

“But there are other parts of the country, particularly in some parts of the north-east, some parts of London that are still rising quite fast.

“So I think this is not all doing the same thing all over the country, and we’re seeing rises and falls as people go out and get tested and I think we are seeing the impact of vaccination and that is good news.

“The extra time to vaccinate more people, get two doses of vaccination in as many people as possible will hopefully mean that what we’re seeing with this wave won’t look the same as the previous waves that we’ve seen in this country.”

Burnham blasts mandatory vaccines

Responding to the news the government would be making vaccinations mandatory for those in social care, Mr Burnham said it was “completely hypocritical”.

He said: “My patience snapped really this week with regard to how this Government and other governments have treated this workforce.

“This is Britain’s forgotten workforce, who devote their lives to looking after other people’s relatives on poverty pay, so how can it be right that we single them out to be compelled to have the vaccine, because obviously that’s recognising they’re important in terms of the job that they do, but then we never single them out for decent pay or PPE.”

He said social care staff needed, as a minimum, a real living wage.

Asked if he thought people who had received two vaccinations should no longer have to self-isolate following contact with a coronavirus case, Mr Burnham said: “I think the Government’s approach to the road map has been broadly the right one and I don’t think we should take unnecessary risks at this particular moment in time.”