"Everyone is getting a bit sick of it", says Barbara Grannon.

The 55-year-old lives in Ladybarn, where a spike in coronavirus rates is causing concern in the community.

There has been a big uptick in cases across all of south Manchester.

But Ladybarn - between Withington and Burnage - has seen the biggest jump in numbers.

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There have been 39 more cases in the week ending 11 June.

“It’s scary isn’t it?", Barbara adds.

Barbara Grannon, 55, a resident of Labybarn

The number of new cases of the virus also doubled in parts of Withington, Fallowfield, Rusholme, Moss Side and Levenshulme last week.

Most people who end up in hospital after contracting the Delta variant have either not yet taken up their second dose of the vaccine, or have not been vaccinated at all.

The town hall’s executive member for health and care Councillor Joanne Midgley, who lost her mum Pat to the virus last year, said: “Through our collective actions we can prevent any more people succumbing to this awful virus.

“Vaccination is a free choice but there cannot be any doubt that choosing not to get vaccinated, or not to get a second dose, is a bad and irresponsible choice that could ultimately cost lives.

“By getting double vaccinated we are not only protecting ourselves, but our friends, our neighbours and communities.”

Barbara believes more measures are needed to combat the surge in cases.

“We need more testing, more local test centres, walk-ins, not having to make an appointment.”

Waseem Sarwar, 54, who works in Saajan Meat & Grocery, agrees.

He thinks the authorities should clamp down on people who don't follow the rules.

“They have to be strict. They should do checks in the markets and on the streets.

“The kids don’t follow so much, we tell them but they don’t listen, we try.”

According to Manchester public health officials, 52 per cent of cases in Withington East and West and Ladybarn were of people aged 20-24.

Tony Maroof, 38, owner of Milan Barbers

The council has confirmed that the rise in cases among young people is a city-wide trend.

Some people believe that cases are rising because of the high numbers of students in the area.

However, the council cannot confirm this and believe that many young professionals in that age group work in close contact jobs.

Bob, the owner of Michaels Fish and Chips, believes students are to blame for the spike.

“Students don’t observe the rules. They are just hovering around, partying and drinking.”

“They transfer the problem to each other”, he says.

He believes that the community is bored of the restrictions and is losing focus.

“The people are sick of this. So they don’t care. It’s too much. I’m the same.”

Meanwhile, Tony Maroof, 38, owner of Milan Barbers is worried about the rise among young people and what it will mean for his older customers.

“It will rise fast in the student community. I don’t blame them for being out. But being together in big groups is worrying.

“It’s a worry. Obviously it’s a worry because I have a lot of older clients who come into the salon. I’m not worried about myself.”