Coronavirus infection rates have continued to rise across Greater Manchester after the local lockdown was imposed last week, the latest government data reveals.

Figures released on Thursday afternoon show that the infection rate in Oldham has risen sharply.

Rates are going up week-on-week in seven of the ten boroughs.

Oldham's infection rate has now reached 67.9 per 100,000 people after there were 161 positive cases in the week up until this Monday, August 3. That is the biggest weekly total since May 8.

There have been more than 100 positive cases in Oldham in the few days since the new measures were imposed at midnight on Thursday, July 30, and this figure will rise as late test results are added in the coming days.

The latest infection rates

In Manchester, there were 183 cases in the week up to August 3, which is 28 cases more than the previous week but the rate has fallen slightly since the local lockdown came into effect.

Other areas seeing sharper increases in infection rates include Tameside and Salford, which both now have a higher rate than Trafford, where the number of cases has fallen in the last week.

Stockport and Bolton have also seen infection rates increase in the last week.

Infection rates are growing but remain low in Bury while in Wigan there has been no noticeable rise and the borough has the lowest rates of any area in Greater Manchester.

Click on this interactive graph below for details of infection rates in each of the ten boroughs

Targeted lockdown measures were announced last Thursday night after a spike in infections.

The new measures covered the whole of Greater Manchester as well as parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

People in Greater Manchester have been banned from meeting each other inside their homes or in gardens, and households can no longer mix inside pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues.

Nurses work on a Covid-19 patient

The guidance is now law. Police have the power to dish out fixed penalty fines.

The latest figures show Oldham remains at alert level 'red'.

Manchester, Rochdale, Tameside, Salford, Trafford and Stockport are rated amber.

The other boroughs are green.

People are also prohibited from meeting others from different households in areas outside the lockdown zone, such as at homes in nearby towns not subject to the rules.

The legislation also outlined when the new rules would have to be reviewed by health secretary Matt Hancock and the government.

It states that a review into the restrictions must be conducted once every 14 days.

That means that the first review will take place no later than August 19 - but it could be earlier.

Legally, the rules could be in place for up to six months if they are not scrapped by the government in the meantime.

The Greater Manchester Strategic Coordination Group declared a Major Incident on Saturday.

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