More than 1,000 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded across the city of Manchester in the week to September 24, the latest available figures, data showed tonight.
The infection rate, the number of people who test positive per 100,000 of the population, in Manchester now stands at 201.
That's the second highest in Greater Manchester after Bolton.
The increase in Manchester is likely to be attributed in part to the coronavirus outbreak linked to two Manchester Metropolitan University halls of residence.
The data, released by Public Health England on Sunday, shows the infection rate in Bolton is 238.
The figures, for the seven days to September 24, are based on tests carried out in laboratories - pillar one of the Government's testing programme - and in the wider community, pillar two.
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Data for the most recent three days has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.
Burnley is currently the place with the highest infection rate in the UK - with it standing at 269.9 per 100,000 people.
Knowsley has the second highest rate, up from 137.2 to 265.1 with 400 new cases.
Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has risen from 146.6 to 251.8, with 1,254 new cases.
Bolton has the fifth highest infection rate in the country, with Manchester the ninth highest.
Every Greater Manchester borough is still on red alert, with all infection rates above the national average of 53.4 per 100,000.
Only Bolton and Manchester have an infection rate higher than 200.
The infection rates in the other eight areas of Greater Manchester are:
- Bury 187
- Oldham 182
- Rochdale 176
- Salford 154
- Tameside 153
- Wigan 136
- Trafford 99
- Stockport 84
According to the latest figures, released by the Department for Health on Sunday, there were 5,693 new lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK recorded in the last 24 hours.
This brings the overall number of cases confirmed to 434,969.
While the virus has claimed the lives of a further 18 people in hospitals across the UK.