Coronavirus infection rates have gone up in three boroughs of Greater Manchester – but have fallen in seven areas.

The region’s infection rate is now 91.9 cases per 100,000 population, compared with a national average rate of 55.3 in the week ending March 20.

A total of 2,605 people tested positive for coronavirus across the conurbation during those seven days.

The weekly total has decreased by 165 cases compared to the previous week, which means the infection rate was down 6 per cent in the last week.

There were 41 Covid-19 deaths recorded in the region in this time, according to the latest data from Public Health England.

That’s 11 fewer than in the previous seven days.

Tameside continues to have the highest coronavirus infection rate in the region – 113.5 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to March 20.

Trafford still has the lowest rate at 37.9 cases per 100,000 people during the same period.

Nationally, infection rates have gone up in 112 of the council areas in England, stayed level in five areas and dropped in the remaining 198 areas.

Corby is the area with the highest infection rate in the country with 151 confirmed cases in the week ending March 20 and a rate of 209.1 cases per 100,000.

South Hams is now the area with the lowest rate with just four confirmed cases in the week ending March 20 – two fewer than the previous week.

Cases reported in each of Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs

There was a rise of 37 per cent in cases in Bury over the week ending March 20, and the infection rate is now 97.4 cases per 100,000 population.

Bury recorded 186 positive Covid-19 tests over the seven-day period, and that is 50 more than the previous week.

Stockport is an area where the trend is down. The latest infection rate here is 77.4 cases per 100,000 people.

There were 227 cases recorded in Stockport, which is 58 fewer than the previous week – a fall of 20 per cent.

Wigan recorded 323 coronavirus cases, which is 4 more than in the previous seven days.

The latest infection rate in Wigan is 98.3 cases per 100,000 people and that is up one percent week-on-week.

In Manchester , the number of cases is down by seven per cent compared to the previous week – leaving the infection rate at 87.2 cases per 100,000 population.

There were 482 positive Covid-19 tests in Manchester in the week ending March 20, which was 38 fewer than the previous seven days.

In Bolton , the latest infection rate is 106.1 cases per 100,000 people and the number of cases has gone up by nine per cent.

A total of 305 people tested positive for Covid in Bolton over the seven days ending on March 20, which is 25 more than the week before.

Trafford , which has the lowest infection rate in the region, recorded 90 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending March 20, which is 50 fewer than the previous 7 days.

The coronavirus infection rate in Trafford is now 37.9 cases per 100,000 people and is down by 36 percent week-on-week.

Rochdale saw a total of 217 cases in the week ending March 20, which is 68 fewer than the previous week. That is a fall of 24 per cent.

In Rochdale, the most recent coronavirus infection rate is now 97.6 cases per 100,000 people.

There were 285 positive tests over the last week in Salford , which is 8 fewer than in the previous week.

The week-on-week trend in Salford is down by three per cent and the latest infection rate is 110.1 cases per 100,000 people.

The trend is down in Oldham , where there were 233 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending March 20, which is 16 fewer than the previous 7 days. That is down by 6 per cent compared to the previous week.

The latest infection rate in Oldham is 98.3 cases per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national average.

In Tameside , there were 257 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending March 20, which is 6 fewer than the previous 7 days.

Tameside has the highest infection rate in the region. The infection rate in Tameside is down slightly compared with the previous day and the week-on-week trend is down by two per cent.