Coronavirus infection rates are higher in Rochdale, Tameside and Wigan compared with other areas in Greater Manchester, researchers have estimated.

The estimates are based on figures generated by the Covid Symptom Study app - which has been developed by health science company ZOE and King's College London researchers.

Latest data from the app - which has been downloaded by over 4 million people - also shows that the number of daily new cases of Covid-19 has stopped dropping in the UK.

The latest prevalence figures estimate that 26,020 people in the UK currently have symptomatic Covid-19.

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The figures are estimates based on information uploaded to the app by people around the country rather than the official government figures based on actual testing.

Prevalence is the number of symptomatic cases in the population based on the daily new cases and symptoms being logged in the app, whereas incidence rates are simply the number of daily new cases based on the results from swab tests.

A map representing the number of people with Covid as estimated from the app

The latest analysis shows that Rochdale has the highest estimated number of active cases per million people with 1,545.

That’s followed by Tameside with 1,155 and Wigan with 1,049.

Active cases per million people (estimated)

According to the latest COVID Symptom Study app figures, there are currently 2,103 daily new cases of COVID in the UK on average over the two weeks up to July 1, excluding care homes.

This suggests that the number of daily new cases has now stopped dropping, with a definite levelling off of cases since the beginning of July.

The latest figures were based on the data from almost 3 million users and 14,429 swab tests done between June 28 to 11 July 11.

There are no regions where daily new case numbers are falling, except The Midlands.

A graph to show the daily new cases in the UK over time

That region is still showing the highest number of predicted cases, but the numbers have been decreasing over the last few weeks.

In the North West, the daily number of predicted cases is 321, second only to the Midlands.

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London, says that after months of seeing the number of COVID cases falling in the UK, those numbers are starting to “bottom out”.

“We aren’t surprised to see this happening given the easing of lockdown and more and more people working and socialising,” he says.

“The team is keeping a very close eye on the data in order to allow us to spot any potential new hotspots and pick up regions with a significant increase.

“The virus is not going away any time so it is really important that people are adhering to the public health messages around social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks.

“We were pleased to see the government taking the decision to rule that face masks should be worn in shops and other public places, as all measures are important in stopping an increase in the transmission of the virus.

“We believe the public should be aware of all the many symptoms of the virus, particularly in the early stages, and we have recently highlighted the need to look out for unusual skin rashes.

“Over time and with the help of our loyal loggers we will have a better understanding if the possible increase in cases is significant.”